An Eyewitness to Climate Change


Starting on December 7, world leaders will gather in Copenhagen for the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference. With the Copenhagen summit on the horizon, “Climate Change and Our World“, an exhibit of Gary Braasch’s striking photographs, opened November 18 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. (exhibit pictured above). Braasch, an environmental photographer and author of Earth Under Fire, has documented global warming since 1999 as part of his “World View of Global Warming” project, and his work is powerful visual testimony to global warming’s devastating effects and the need for a solution.


The exhibit features large-scale color photographs from Earth Under Fire, revealing the creatures and landscapes that are threatened by global warming, and show the damage that has already been done. A coral reef transforms from a vibrant underwater world into stubble on the ocean floor. A once-bustling penguin nesting ground near Antarctica (above) dwindles in population. Glaciers recede and vanish (the Antarctic ice cave pictured above melted soon after the photo was taken), and drought strikes some areas, where elsewhere, waterlines rise and flooding encroaches upon cities and towns.

Braasch’s work illustrates the causes and consequences of global warming, but also visions of progress, like solar panels and Iceland’s use of geothermal energy to power Reykjavik. We can choose a cooler world, he says in Earth Under Fire, but international cooperation is essential.

The AAAS exhibit runs until March 15. For more photos and exhibit information, visit Gary Braasch’s Earth Under Fire website or the AAAS site. View more of Braasch’s work at

3 thoughts on “An Eyewitness to Climate Change

  1. At least COP15 is a start. We will see if a larger international effort can help fend off global destruction from these temps. I had a chance to view this art display online and it was amazing. If anyone has any updated works from him please send them to me.

  2. Braasch’s work is inspirational. Finally someone is going out of their way to break down the barriers and expose climate change to the general public.

  3. Anyone who still believes global warming is not real has in my opinion no future left for their children. I find it completely amazing that many of those same people who are opposed to the reality of global warming are the same ones who will blindly follow religious leaders who tell them about the coming end of the world.

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