Climate – State of Emergency!

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The Earth’s climate has always been dynamic and in a constant state of flux. What is troubling, however, are the unprecedented changes that human intervention have triggered around the world. From 30 November to 11 December 2015, France presided over the twenty-first conference on climate change or COP21 to facilitate international cooperation on combating these changes. An historic agreement to combat climate change which aims towards a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future was agreed upon by 195 nations. 

To illustrate the urgency of the situation, the Fondation Alliance Française in association with Courrier International chose the theme Climat, état d’urgence (Climate – State of Emergency) for the 2015 edition of its international photography competition for amateurs. To lend its support to the cause, Alliance Française de Bombay will be hosting an exhibition of 43  photographs shortlisted from the global entries of this competition. Entitled “Climate – State of Emergency”, the exhibition will remain on view from February 18 to March 12, 2016 at St. Andrew’s College in Bandra.

"Flooding" by Marc LAMEY, Miami (United States, 2014) - Part of the photo exhibition "Climate - State of Emergency"

“Flooding” by Marc LAMEY, Miami (United States, 2014) – Part of the photo exhibition “Climate – State of Emergency”

The photographs comprising the exhibition Climat, état d’urgence were selected from entries sent by 105 different Alliances Françaises around the world. They illustrate the concrete effects of climate change on various landscapes, populations and territories. The photos represent not just the problems posed by climate change but also the initiatives being imagined and undertaken to fight these changes. A small preview of the exhibition was held at the stall of Alliance Française de Bombay during the Kala Ghoda Festival and generated widespread interest. 

The pride of place in the exhibition has been accorded to the photos of Yusuf Ahmed, the winner of 2015’s photo competition. According to Yann Arthus-Bertrand, the patron of the competition, Yusuf’s photos are not only beautiful but also have a strong visual impact. They have a certain dramatic quality and speak of a human and environmental disaster – the rising sea level and the threat it poses to the millions of habitants of Bangladesh.

"Climate refugees" by Yusuf AHMED (Rajshahi, BANGLADESH - 2013) - the winner of the 2015 edition of the photography competition organised by the Fondation Alliance Française

“Climate refugees” by Yusuf AHMED (Rajshahi, BANGLADESH – 2013) – the winner of the 2015 edition of the International Photography competition organised by the Fondation Alliance Française

Entries from India figure prominently in the exhibition as well. It is with great pride that we note that Dipayan Bhar, who represented Alliance Française du Bengale, brought home the second prize for the same. A brief interview with him can be found here.

"Study with the help of potato biomass" by Dipayan Bhar. Winner of the second prize at the International Photography Competition organized by the Fondation Alliance Française

“Study with the help of potato biomass” by Dipayan Bhar. Winner of the second prize at the International Photography Competition organized by the Fondation Alliance Française

Photos by Somennath Mukhopadhyay (AF Bombay) and Shrichandra Yadav (AF Hyderabad) round off the Indian entries of the exhibition.

Siddharth BHATT

Rédaction AF Magazine Inde-Népal

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