For a long time -- the first 15 years that we knew about global warming and did nothing -- there were no pictures. That was one of the reasons for inaction.
Climate change was still "theoretical," the word that people in power use to dismiss anything for which pictures do not exist. It is the reason we don't see shots of coffins coming back from Iraq; it's the reason the only prison abuse we really know about was at Abu Ghraib. Without pictures, no uproar; not in a visual age.
But now the pictures have started to come, and they will not cease. Read full article »
Gary Braasch is a recipient of the Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography and a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. He has documented the visible effects of global warming since 1998. His photographs have been published by the United Nations and have appeared in Time, Discover, Audubon, Smithsonian, Scientific American, Nature, National Geographic and other publications. Braasch's fourth book, "Earth under Fire: How Global Warming Is Changing the World," was published in 2007.
Bill McKibben, who wrote the above essay, is the author of a dozen books on the environment, most recently The Bill McKibben Reader, a collection of his essays. A former staff writer at The New Yorker, McKibben wrote "The End of Nature," the first book for a general audience about climate change. A scholar in residence at Middlebury College, he has worked with students to organize 2,000 demonstrations against global warming in recent years.