Facing the Crisis

Jennifer Simbi, a farmer and mother of two in Chikwawa, Malawi, leans on a fence in a field of sorghum.

Facing the Crisis

We think the historic arrival of the UN climate negotiations (COP26) to Glasgow in November 2021 is an opportunity to raise awareness in Scotland (and beyond) of how climate crises are affecting people across the world. We are particularly keen to raise awareness that climate change has the largest impact on those that have done least to cause it; often people in low-income countries, with the lowest carbon footprint. 

By showcasing images and films telling people's stories - the challenges and resilience of those most affected by the climate crisis - we aim to show that action on climate is not just about saving nature and endangered animals throughout the world, but is also integral to tackling global poverty, reducing inequalities and ensuring prosperity for humans, everywhere. 

By highlighting this reality, we hope we can help build support for climate action that is rooted in climate justice. We also think the crosscutting nature of the climate crisis and the intersectional inequalities it emphasises underpins the very essence of why global sustainable development is important. 

About the project

facingthecrisis.scot will be a new digital exhibition, opening this summer, about the impacts of the climate crisis on people and communities across the world. The exhibition has been developed in collaboration with our members via our working group and with financial support from WaterAid, SCIAF, Mercy Corps and Tearfund. It will feature winners and runners up from our 2020-21 photo competition as well as images provided from partners and our wider membership.

The work will cover three main topic areas:

1.    Climate related challenges people and communities face
2.    Personal stories of how the climate crisis impacts lives
3.    How people and communities are responding to new and existing challenges

and include experiences and work from around the world, with a particular focus on Africa, Asia, the Pacific and Latin America.

Each photo and film will tell its own story, and give you context for the many different ways communities are being affected by, and responding to, the ongoing crisis. As you journey through this exhibition, visitors will also be shown ways to learn more, advocate for climate justice, and take action on climate ahead of the historic UN climate negotiations coming to Glasgow in November 2021.

About the images

The Alliance photo and film competition runs every year and it was clear to us that in 2021 we sould focus on ties into a broad theme explored that year. This year the theme was climate impacts on people around the world. The competition was an opportunity for international development practitioners, photographers, videographers and anyone else with a link to Scotland to showcase sustainable development projects across the world. We particularly welcomed entries from our members and their partners, but our competition was open to all with a link to Scotland.

An appointed panel selected winning entries based on how well they reflected the theme, their photographic/video quality (focus, composition, creativity, delivery) and whether they complied with ethical guidelines - showing human subjects in a positive light, speaking to gender sensitivity and being consensually and thoughtfully used.  For more information on ethical guidelines see our ethical imagery resource list.

Facing The Crisis will be formally launched in August-September 2021, but you will be able to explore the website and view images and films as we soft-launch the project from late June 2021. Keep an eye on the site at facingthecrisis.scot

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