Portraits of Resilience

Portraits of Resilience illustrates in a direct and personal way the ethical dimension of climate change. The project trains children in regions most affected by climate change in the use of photography and other digital media, helping to bring personal stories and faces to the attention of the general public and to decision-makers at international climate change negotiations. 

The effect of global climate change upon Shishmaref is sometimes seen as the most dramatic in the world. Photos and stories created by students at Shishmaref High School in August, 2008.

Uummannaq is a town in northwestern Greenland with a population of around 1,500. Photos and stories created by students at Atuarfik Edvard Kruse in May 2009.

By the turn of this century many of the world’s islands and coast lines would have changed or disappeared altogether, placing at risk millions of people whose lives depends upon the coast. Photos and stories created by students at English River High School, Mahe.

Fishing and reindeer farming have always been the main businesses here. Both the king crab and several different types of fish are abundent here, and the area has good grazing pastures for reindeer.

The Inuit people and their ancestors have inhabited the area for thousands of years, perhaps as long as 4,000. Their cultures were well-adapted to the climate and environment.

Climate change remains one of the greatest threats to the livelihoods, security and well-being of people in the Pacific. Photos and stories created by high school students in the Fiji Islands.