[ASC-media] MEDIA RELEASE: CLIMATE CHANGE ON CAMERA - AS WEATHER RECORDS SMASH IN SYDNEY

Nash, Cressida (Australia) Cressida.Nash at britishcouncil.org.au
Wed May 4 16:01:50 EST 2005


MEDIA RELEASE - For immediate use

CLIMATE CHANGE ON CAMERA - AS WEATHER RECORDS SMASH IN SYDNEY

NorthSouthEastWest - a photographic exhibition designed as a wake up call to business, government leaders and all Australians that 2005 is a crucial year for climate change opens in Sydney's Martin Place on Tuesday, May 10, 2005.

Sydney experienced its warmest April since records began 146 years ago and nationally more than 150 high-temperature records were set from January-to-April.  Climatologists say it's a warning of global warming.

Ten leading photographers from the prestigious photographic agency, Magnum, travelled around the world to capture climate change on camera. 

The Climate Group, a new charity dedicated to galvanising leadership on emissions reduction has developed the exhibition in partnership with the British Council as part of the Council's ZeroCarbonCity initiative - a two year global campaign to raise awareness and stimulate debate about the challenges of climate change. 

The exhibition is supported by HSBC and Swiss Re - two companies at the forefront of world leadership in reducing their own emissions by committing to being carbon-neutral.

Climate Group Australia Director, Rupert Posner says: "These amazing pictures speak louder than words.  The Magnum photographers have captured the myriad ways climate change is affecting nature, human rights, economics, technology and innovation, and our health. 

"This is a crucial year for climate change and it is time for action. Climate change is real. So are the solutions, which are practical, affordable and in many cases, profitable. This exhibition shows us that a low carbon economy is the only sustainable future for our planet."

To highlight the urgent need for action, the Magnum photographers take a 360-degree look at climate change - from life at the rising water's edge in the Marshall Islands, to riding high on a solar-fuelled Ferris wheel in Los Angeles. 

NorthSouthEastWest carries the message that a low carbon global economy is necessary, achievable and affordable. The exhibition challenges the apocalyptic vision of climate change, by taking a unique, "can do" approach to tackling the problem.

The exhibition will be at Martin Place until May 15. 

MEDIA CONTACTS:	Rupert Posner, Climate Group Australia Director  0438 989 420 
					Brian M. Peck 0437 515 505 brianmpeck at bigpond.com 
May 4, 2005




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For Picture Editors: To view images available for free press use, terms and conditions go to: 
www.magnumphotos.com/c/htm/FramerT.aspx?V=CDocT&E=29YL534UG5SW&DT=ALB
For high resolutions contact: Fran Sears: frans at magnumphotos.co.uk 

For Editors:  

The Climate Group is a new charity that is working to accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by assembling a leadership coalition of the world's most pro-active companies, cities, states and governments. The Climate Group focuses on showing that solutions to prevent the worst impacts of climate change already exist and are possible, practical and affordable.

The British Council: For more information about the British Council's ZeroCarbonCity go to:
http://www.britishcouncil.org/zerocarboncity

Magnum: The world's most prestigious photographic agency was formed by four photographers; Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, and David "Chim" Seymour, scarred yet motivated by a sense of relief that the world had somehow survived WWII, they had curiosity to see what remained. They created Magnum in 1947 to reflect their independent natures as people and photographers, the idiosyncratic mix of reporter and artist that continues to define Magnum, emphasizing not only what is seen but also the way one sees it.  Magnum Photos is a photographic co-operative of great diversity and distinction owned by its 61 photographer members.

Sponsors: The exhibition is supported by HSBC and Swiss Re - two companies at the forefront of world leadership in reducing their own emissions by committing to being carbon-neutral.
The UK Government has provided significant support through both DEFRA and the G8 Presidency Office. Other significant support came from: Action Aid International, State of Victoria, the UN Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, David Suzuki Foundation, Heinrich Böll Foundation and ICLEI. 



May 4, 2005

Cressida Nash
Projects Coordinator 

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