Imagery on exhibit at Customs House brings urgency to climate change Media Release

Aug 06, 2014 - 11:30am

The Climate Institute is pleased to announce The Story of Our Planet Unfolds , a photographic exhibition by Creative Fellow Michael Hall, at Customs House in Sydney, 31 July – 6 September, featuring a body of work that illustrates human impacts and responses from around the world to the challenge of climate change.

“Two years ago we awarded critically acclaimed photographer Michael Hall our first Creative Fellowship to assist him on his long-term project to document human civilisation’s response to one of our greatest challenges. This exhibit showcases his work putting a human face to the risks and opportunities of climate change,” said John Connor, CEO of The Climate Institute.

Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney Clover Moore said that climate change was the most important issue for both big cities and small communities around the world.

“Michael Hall’s work shows how our increasing energy consumption and carbon pollution are already straining the natural environment. It is a vivid reminder that our actions are changing the world our children and grandchildren will inherit,” she said.

“The only responsible option for political leaders is to take meaningful action. Addressing climate change is a key component of the City of Sydney’s 2030 vision and we are proud to be showcasing this project at Customs House.”

Hall is a Sydney-based photographer with more than 20 years of experience. A near fatal cycling accident with a semi-trailer in 2007 and a life-changing period of recovery, reflection and inspiration led him to start his climate change project.

In Hall’s own words: “Images, like nothing else, cut through the rhetoric of politics, written word and speech.”

Widely exhibited to date and having received praise from the likes of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Hall’s fully-realised project will include over 300 photographs captured in 40 international destinations and portraying a range of issues affected by climate change.

The Customs House exhibit features 50 images drawn from seven years of work, including the two years the project has been supported by The Climate Institute’s Creative Fellowship.

“We are very thankful to Customs House, Customs House Library, and the City of Sydney for hosting and promoting this important exhibit. Michael’s work tells the story of the impacts and opportunities of climate change, with the hope of opening people’s eyes, changing their minds and inspiring action,” said Connor. “We are also thankful to the former Lord Mayor Nelson Meers’ Foundation, which alongside theatre director Michael Kantor and his wife Silvia have supported this project.”

“The fellowship has allowed Michael to document the impact of bushfires on peoples’ livelihoods in Tasmania, the impact of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, issues of food security in Bangladesh, as well as the increasingly important role renewable energy is playing in China’s development.”

“While Australia’s politicians have squabbled, the threat of climate change hasn’t gone away. The compounding impacts at home and abroad as well as growing global action to address the challenge serve as a stark backdrop to Australia’s response.”

While with The Climate Institute, Hall has also documented his work in a blog, which can be accessed here. More on his work and the fellowship can be found here. Please contact us if you’d like access to any high resolution images from the exhibit. 

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Kristina Stefanova | Communications Director, The Climate Institute | 02 8239 6299
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