Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old activist, has a fair point when she says that adults should start behaving like adults and do something about climate change. In the legal sector, and more broadly in the services sphere, it’s not immediately obvious what we can do in our professional capacity to fight climate change. Unless you’re the GC of Greenpeace working to protect the planet, what are your options? This is why at Obelisk Support, we decided to help lawyers who fight climate change on a daily basis by harnessing the artistic talents of the law.
We are looking for the next Legal Photographer of the Year who can capture the effects of climate change in photographs. Is that you, or somebody you know?
Global Law Photography Competition
Launched on May 1, 2019, the Global Law Photography Competition is open to anybody working in the sector as well as law students and its theme is climate change. Meant to be inclusive, this competition invites all artistic talent in the legal sphere to join forces and put their brains together. That means that non-fee earners including secretaries, IT or operations staff and non-lawyers at law firms can enter the competition just as fee-earning lawyers to win two VIP tickets to Hamilton the Musical in London.
How Do You Capture Climate Change in Photographs?
At SXSW 2019, 2010 Alexia Grant Recipient Louie Palu presented “Arctic Passage”, a series of photographs frozen in large ice blocks. The melting ice blocks gradually revealed photographs shot around the Arctic, illustrating the effects of climate change on Arctic communities.
For the purposes of the Global Law Photography Competition, nobody needs to go to the Arctic or Antarctic to capture the effects of climate change. Sadly, climate change is already all around us. Here are some examples that we can all relate to:
- Have you noticed your favourite flowers blooming earlier than usual?
- Did last summer’s drought affect your travels or surrounding landscapes?
- Have winter floods or storms affected you or people you know?
- Have you noticed more extreme and changing weather patterns around you?
- Have you witnessed forest/moor fires in areas where it’s unusual?
- Are you thinking twice about driving short distances versus cycling or walking?
- Have you found traveling on public transport uncomfortable because of summer heat waves?
- Have you spotted invasive non-native plants or insects on your regular walks?
- Are there less water-dwelling species in rivers, lakes and streams around you?
- Tick season is now much longer than it was 20 years ago – how do you protect yourself and your house animals?
- Have you noticed that seasonality of local fruit and vegetables has changed at your farmers market?
- Do you see new ‘warm climate’ crops such as wine grapes where there used to be none?
- Have you seen increasing signs of coastal erosion?
- Have some traditional bird, insect, or mammal species populations around you gone down?
- Do you eat less meat and dairy to mitigate the carbon footprint of your meals?
These are only a few examples of how climate change affects all of us, whether or not we are realising it.
How will the Global Law Photography Competition help?
The strategy is two-fold.
Fundraising for ClientEarth
For each photograph entered in the competition, ClientEarth will receive a donation from participants.
ClientEarth is a charity that uses the power of the law to protect the planet and the people who live on it. They are lawyers and environmental experts who are fighting against climate change and to protect nature and the environment. With the planet in peril, they (and we) believe the law is one of the most effective tools that we have in the battle to save civilisation.
Raising Awareness about Climate Change
By capturing the tangible effects of climate change in photographs, competitors will challenge the status quo and help raise awareness about climate change, thus inspiring others to take steps towards reducing their carbon emissions.
After the competition, the photographs will be used as educational material and provided free of charge (pending artists’ permissions) to school and organisations who educate people on global warming and climate change.
There could be no better result of your artistic skills than to know that they can inspire others to act.
How to Submit your Photographs
Click here and submit your entry before June 1, 2019.