Watching our planet crumble around us has never looked so beautiful.
It’s difficult to dispute the impact humans have had on Earth, and the damage isn’t slowing down. While progress continues to be made thanks to increased efforts surrounding renewable energy, electric vehicles and other endeavors, mankind has much work to do if it hopes to reverse the years of negative impact modern technologies have had on the climate. And now, a project on Instagram looks to open our eyes to the causes and effects of global warming with stunning photography captured by professional and amateur photographers across five continents.
Everyday Climate Change is a must-follow for every Instagram user out there. The account curates photos posted on Instagram that document the causes and impact of global warming. From deforestation and smog to offshore oil drilling and landfills, the account does a wonderful job of bringing these important issues to the public’s attention in a smart new way.
You’ll find a selection of photos from the account embedded below, and you can follow Everyday Climate Change by following the link in our source section.
Photo by James Whitlow Delano @jameswhitlowdelano for @everydayclimatechange Looking out, through the smog, across the Forbidden City from Jingshan. The Air Quality Index (AQI) for this day for PM 2.5 for particulate matter was 188. AQI's have exceeded 500 recently, and the government issued firor the second time in history a smog red alert this week, for climate change-inducing greenhouse gases. Last year the central government gave a directive to Hebei Province, which wraps around Beijing like a collar, to close selected factories that employ coal-fired blast furnaces and to consolidate steel operations in an effort to improve air quality in the capital city area. Apparently, the desired effect is still aspirational. A 2013 Bloomberg article said that people in northern China may die five years earlier the expect because of diseases caused by air pollution because of the use of coal for winter heating of homes. #climatechange #globalwarming #china #coal #smog #airpollution #greenhousegases #health #Beijing
Photo by Rodrigo Baleia (@rodrigobaleia ) – The water level of the river Negro beat the record of highest ebb since it has being measured in 1902. Today the level reached 13.63 meters, surpassing by one centimeter the lowest level in history, which was 13.64 meters in 1963. The Geological Survey of Brazil (CPRM) predicts that the river will continue going down, In Manaus, Brazil, Oct 2010. Several tributaries of the Amazon have almost completely dried up, paralysing river transport and the fishing industry.The rainy season in the region usually begins in November. Environmental groups say severe droughts are likely to become more frequent in the Amazon as a result of global warming, putting further strain on the rainforest. #ClimateChange #EverydayClimateChange #GlobalWarmingIsReal #GlobalWarming #photojournalism #rainforest #amazon #climatechange #climate #environment #severedrought #drought #everydayclimatechange
photo by @hessekatharina A migrant worker stands amidst rubble in a demolished housing area that will be transformed into modern high rises in a northern suburbs of Beijing, China. Urbanization projects in China's capital have caused an increase of impervious surfaces, industrial energy consumption, domestic heating, automobile exhaust emissions as well as a decrease of green land and water surface, and it has been shown that city development is changing the thermal conditions of the city in a variety of ways, thus affecting the local temperature . #globalwarming #climatechange #Katharinahesse #beijing #cop21paris2015
Photo by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert @JshPhotog – Natural rain forest, and the clear-cutting destruction of it, to make way for Sinar Mas/APP-owned plantations to produce pulp paper, in Rimba Hutan Mas logging concession, in southern Sumatra province, Indonesia, in 2010. In 2013 Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), the company responsible for the clear cutting in this image, declared a moratorium on their use of natural forestry, and ended their clear-cutting deforestation work. Speaking in BusinessGreen on 21st March 2013, Aida Greenbury, APP Sustainability Director, said, ‘It was tough for us at the time when Greenpeace launched reports and attacked us and launched boycotts – it was very tough for us. It was hard for us to understand and realise what they said might be true, we were slightly in denial." But in May this year APP called on the Indonesian government to ask for a stronger moratorium on deforestation and policies that enable companies to support conservation, APP Sustainability Director, Aida Greenbury saying "To be blunt, deforestation is unnecessary, it damages the reputational standing of Indonesia abroad and it hinders the success of our businesses.” But APP is one company, and seem to have changed their ways. Many other companies still need to be held accountable. Deforestation still exists in many places, many countries. It is estimated that up to twenty percent of global greenhouse emissions annually are caused by the deforestation of natural forests worldwide. #Indonesia #Sumatra #deforestation #forest #forestry #ClimateChange #ClimateChangeIsReal
Photo by Timothy Fadek @timothyfadek for @everydayclimatechange Typical orange smog in Chongqing, China 10 reasons to be hopeful that we will overcome climate change For the last few months, carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere have been at record levels unseen in over 800,000 years. Future generations will no doubt wonder at our response, given the scale of the threat. It’s known that death, poverty and suffering await millions, and yet governments still vacillate. But solutions are available. Here are ten reasons to be hopeful that humans will rise to the challenge of climate change. 1) Barack Obama has made it one of his defining issues 2) China has ordered coal power plants to close 3) The cost of solar has fallen by two thirds 4) People are taking their money out of fossil fuels 5) Bangladeshi women are being retrained as solar technicians 6) Renewable energy will soon take the lion’s share of new power 7) European homes are using 15% less energy than they were in 2000 8) Cutting emissions has become a business imperative 9) Oil is becoming much more expensive to find 10) Electric car sales are doubling each year #chongqing #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #environment #pollution #toxic #environmental #globalwarming #greenhousegases #china #asia #reportage #hope Check out our friends @jameswhitlowdelano @everydayafrica @everydaylatinamerica @everydayusa @everydaymiddleeast @everydayiran @everydayeverywhere @reduxpictures @reduxreps
Photo by Ekkarat Punyatara @ekkaratpunyatara for @everydayclimatechange This is a part of National Geographic Thailand's story. Coal-fired power plant and its exchange at Mae Moh Power Plant, the biggest lignite coal-fired power plant in Thailand, releases steam cooling to the sky to cool down the system. The heat and the steam that locals and NGO believe, there is sulfur dioxide mixed with the steam. Even through the public relation department of the plant came up with the campaign, "The Clean Coal" to promote and advertise the plant but the fact, the dirtiest fossil fuel has never been got rid off. This is one of the biggest factors that cause of Climate Change. #thailand #climatechange #climate #COP21paris #climatechangeisreal #globalwarming
Photo by James Whitlow Delano @jameswhitlowdelano for @everydayclimatechange Intentionally burnt peat forest to clear land for a transmigrants' plantation from the neighboring islands of Sulawesi & Madura in a buffer zone immediately adjacent to Gunung Palung Nat'l Pk., near the coast of West Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia during the massive forest fires that burnt an area the size of Belgium in the late 90's and blotted out the sun for weeks at a time. This year, the fires in Kalimantan and Sumatra are back and, more often than not, oil palm plantations, will replace these most diverse ecosystems on the planet, massive carbon sinks, with what amounts to arborial corn fields. Despite its national park status, Gunung Palung National Park is a threatened habitat for orang utans, as I observed illegal logging well-within the national park's boundaries. #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #globalwarming #borneo #indonesia #palmoil #oilpalm #forestfire #COP21 #carbon #jameswhitlowdelano
Chinese girls rides their bikes in front of a factory powered by coal. China is one of the biggest coal consumers in the world, but is also one of the biggest investors in clean energy technology. @bernardodeniz for #Everydayclimatechange #climatechange #globalwarming #climatechangechina #China #coal @bernardodeniz