Women photographers launch a petition for change: the #everydayclimatecrisis initiative is gaining momentum

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A visual petition demanding action to undo the effects of climate change is gaining momentum, with a goal of 1000 images and over 400 images already submitted to be part of the #everdayclimatecrisis project.

Launched by a Canberra and Queanbeyan based photographer Hilary Wardhaugh, the initiative is a call for women and non-binary photographers to submit images that showcase their unique perspective on the climate crisis and together form a visual petition to the government to take action on climate change.

The petition will be presented to the Australian Government in Canerma in June this year and it will also be viewable online via New City of the Arts.

© Hilary Wardhaugh – Ash and burnt leaves layer on Tuross beach 2021. One year on from the 2020 bushfires

The 1000 pictures goal is inspired by the old adage “a picture is worth 1000 words”. Wardhaugh shared that she believed 1,000 images would therefore equal a million words collectively, and that the collection of images of women and non-binary people from across Australia would serve as a “powerful feminist document”.

© Lib Ferreira, Kangaroos at Queanbeyan Cemetery, NSW, during the fires, 2020.
© Lib Ferreira, Kangaroos at Queanbeyan Cemetery, NSW, during the fires, 2020.

Wardaugh also explained that the specific appeal to women and non-binary people was an intentional decision to challenge “the industrial, capitalist, and economic systems that have gotten us to this point,” as all of those systems have patriarchal underpinnings.

For the sake of accessibility, photos can be submitted by both professionals and amateurs, with no fixed age group. Additionally, submissions can be captured using a phone camera, DSLR, or film camera.

© Hilary Wardhaugh - Single-use plastic bags in the trees after the 2010 floods in the Queanbeyan River NSW
© Hilary Wardhaugh – Single-use plastic bags in the trees after the 2010 floods in the Queanbeyan River NSW

Speaking about the types of images the petition calls for, Wardaugh shared “I want women to answer the call literally but also emotionally, personally and creatively.”

“I [am seeking]a variety of images, including those that illustrate the beauty of the land we live on, cultural practices to improve and regenerate the land, and the hope generated by photos of humans doing great things to undo damage. Too much negativity and our problems are seemingly insurmountable, so adding some positivity and hope the petition will inspire, help and change our behaviors.

© Hilary Wardhaugh - Mold encrusted plastic toy car from the Cars movie merchandise, on the beach at Potato Point NSW 2021
© Hilary Wardhaugh – Mold encrusted plastic toy car from the Cars movie merchandise, on the beach at Potato Point NSW 2021

You can learn more about #dailyclimatecrisis here and submit photos.

The official Petition launch event, Women see the change is due to take place in Canberra on February 10, during the AQUIFER program. There will be a screening of selected images and a round table.

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