Visualising the Urban Climate Crisis

Visualising the Urban Climate Crisis
Climate change has crucial impacts on our life: today and in the future. It can seem like an issue which is too big or too abstract for people to respond to effectively or to consider in their everyday lives.

To help respond to the growing challenges posed by climate change, FOTEA partnered with University of Leeds and GENERATE on the project ‘See Change: Visualising the Urban Climate Crisis’. During the project, emerging and established photographers took part in a masterclass to explore new ways of visually representing climate change from different perspectives. By exploring how to tell better stories about the local impacts of climate change in Africa’s urban environments, we aimed to equip visual storytellers with the tools that they needed to raise awareness on these issues, help people understand the climate crisis better, and help them to advocate for change.

The masterclass, facilitated by two experienced photographers Georgina Goodwin and Edward Echwalu, ran from July to August 2022 with participants in Kampala, and virtually from Kenya and Nigeria including Aídah Namusoke, Derrick Milimo, Oluwatosin Eiseke Bolaji, Wasswa James, Katumba Badru Sultan, Mildred Apenyo, Nicholas Shawn Mugarura, Sam Brian Kiseka, Timothy Namara and Vanessa Mulondo.

Outcomes of the masterclass focusing on a number of issues like health, housing, economic well-being and livelihoods among others, are presented in a publication, along with articles on how vulnerable communities like persons with disability, gender and sexual minorities and refugees are dealing with and responding to the climate crisis.

The photo stories created are also currently presented in an exhibition at the Uganda Museum’s Transport Gallery in Kampala and virtually via .Showroom.


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