We Love Green 2016

Exhibition at We Love Green 2016 festival

It is a pleasure to announce that the Climate Heroes project will be exhibited in Paris this coming weekend of June 4th and 5th, in Bois de Vincennes during the We Love Green 2016 festival :

 

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The portraits of Climate Heroes will have a special space right in the middle of the We Love Green 2016 Festival grounds:

Come and see them in the Think Tank Area: discover the stories of those women and men who have already started acting to help our planet and mitigate climate change.

Maxime Riché, Founder and President of Climate Heroes will be present alongside other prominent artists, directors and activists such as Olafur Eliasson, Cyril Dion (Director of the movie Demain), Luc Jacquet (Director of The March of The Emperor, The Ice and the Sky), etc. met during COP21 in Paris this past December.

See the entire programing for We Love Green 2016, here:
http://www.welovegreen.fr/think-tank-la-programmation-2016/

And a detail of the exhibtions (in French):

EXPOSITIONS
L’association WILD TOUCH va ainsi présenter les expositions “(Ant)Artique” et “La forêt des pluies”, projets photographiques réalisés dans le cadre des films de LUC JACQUET “La Glace et le Ciel” et “Il était une forêt”. CLIMATE HEROES de Maxime Riché, portraits de ceux qui dans le monde entiers luttent jour après jour contre les causes du changement climatique.
La MAIRIE DE PARIS présentera comment une ville répond aux enjeux du développement durable avec l’ « Economie Circulaire du Grand Paris » et « PARIS Smart City 2050″ et une exposition du BOIS DE VINCENNES.
L’ADEME ne sera pas en reste et sera présente via une exposition sur le gaspillage alimentaire et rappellera que chaque citoyen est un acteur essentiel dans la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique. Projet également soutenu par l‘ADEME, les photos de #WEARETHECLIMATEGENERATION l’initiative européenne de sensibilisation au changement climatique
Enfin GREENPEACE notre partenaire historique sera présent via l’exposition « Petite Pêche, Grand Avenir » et FRANCE NATURE ENVIRONNEMENT via l’exposition « Refaisons le climat ».

 

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Grand Palais, Paris: Climate Heroes exhibition for COP21

2015 was an important year for the Climate Heroes project. As COP21 was held in Paris from November 30, to december 11, 2015, it also marked a turning point in the life of the project.

At the Grand Palais in Paris: showing the work accomplished over the course of 5 years

After 5 years of production all over the world, meeting amazing Climate Heroes and working together with photographers and journalists from many different countries, we were proud to receive the official COP21, Paris 2015 label in the fall. We were also selected to have a major exhibition in Grand Palais during one week. This would be the opportunity for the public to learn and get inspiration from the stories of the Climate Heroes.

The Grand Palais is a prestigious museum and exhibition space in Paris. Its nave is about 13,000 square meters in surface area. The Climate Heroes exhibition was presented on one side of the south nave, with 14 large panes, of 2.4 meters of height. This allowed printing the portraits of the Heroes very close to scale 1:1!

 

Bringing inspiration to change behaviours, sourced from all over the world

Over one week during COP21, the event welcomed about 40,000 visitors. We hope that one of our objectives (which was to bring inspiration to more of us about how to start acting to mitigate climate change) was reached thanks to this educational and artistic exhibition. The stories were also published in GEO France Magazine this December. It was a special issue dedicated to the environment, with 15 pages dedicated to Climate Heroes.

Many thanks again to all of those who made it possible, from the contributing photographers, writers, and directors, to the project scientific partners, and sponsors.

Below you can see a short video showing the exhibition at the Grand Palais, as well as a few photos:

 

 

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During COP21, join us in Paris around Climate Heroes

— English version below —

VOUS ÊTES INVITÉ PENDANT LA COP21 AVEC LES CLIMATE HEROES
YOU ARE INVITED DURING COP21 WITH THE CLIMATE HEROES

Climate Heroes est un projet documentaire et de vulgarisation scientifique regroupant photo, vidéo, et écrits, créé par Maxime Riché en 2010. Au fil des ans, il est rejoint par Luke Duggleby à Bangkok, puis d’autres photographes contributeurs et journalistes scientifiques, dans le monde entier.

Climate Heroes raconte les histoires de femmes et d’hommes qui oeuvrent chaque jour dans le monde entier pour lutter contre les causes du changement climatique, en comprendre ses conséquences, et mieux nous préparer à nous y adapter. Citoyens, activistes, scientifiques, ou entrepreneurs, ces Héros du Climat préparent le monde de demain. Porteurs d’exemples positifs et de solutions, ils ont le pouvoir d’inspirer le plus grand nombre d’entre nous à agir, à notre tour.

Depuis 5 ans, l’équipe de Climate Heroes va à leur rencontre pour proposer une nouvelle vision positive, moins anxiogène, et favoriser la prise de conscience et l’implication du public, en partageant ces histoires avec le plus grand nombre. Ce faisant, nous choisissons de porter un message fort et positif.

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PENDANT LA COP21, REJOIGNEZ NOUS POUR AGIR POUR LE CLIMAT
À PARIS AUTOUR DES CLIMATE HEROES

 

Au Grand Palais : vendredi 4 décembre à jeudi 10 décembre pendant Solutions COP21

Maxime Riché est Artiste en Résidence au Grand Palais pendant Solution COP21 avec une exposition photographique Climate Heroes soutenue par la Fondation Schneider Electric. Une sélection des initiatives des Héros du Climat sera exposée au public en 14 panneaux dans la Nef Sud du Grand Palais, avec des textes et portraits à l’échelle 1.

Cette exposition sera accompagnée de projections des court-métrages des Héros du Climat, tournés dans le monde entier et couvrant des thématiques aussi variées que l’agriculture, l’aquaculture, l’énergie, la fonte des glaces, la forêt, le transport, les villes, les déchets, etc.

 

Samedi 5 décembre de 13h à 15h, vous êtes invité à la conférence Climate Heroes, avec le soutien et la participation du Programme des Nations Unies pour l’Environnement (PNUE).

Elle sera présentée par Maxime Riché, Fondateur et Photographe/réalisateur de Climate Heroes, en compagnie du Professeur Jean Jouzel, climatologue et glacioloque, Vice Président du Groupe I du GIEC, et Jean-Louis Étienne, médecin et explorateur connu pour ses expéditions arctiques et antarctiques. Après une allocution de Mr Ibrahim Thiaw, Directeur Exécutif Délégué du PNUE, Maxime Riché présentera le projet Climate Heroes et ses Héros du Climat. Cette conférence-projection placera l’homme au cœur de la solution pour agir contre le changement climatique. En vivant une empathie plus grande avec le vivant, illustrée d’exemples allant de moines bouddhistes à d’anciens pêcheurs industriels ou bûcherons illégaux indonésiens reconvertis, elle proposera des clés d’action immédiates pour notre climat. Salle de conférence n°2 : http://www.solutionscop21.org/fr/?event=heros-du-climat

 

 

Mardi 8 décembre de 15h a 16h30 : aux côtés de Barthelemy Toguo, et avec ArtPort, il sera proposé un atelier Climate Heroes aux élèves du Lycée Maximilien Vox : Comment l’acte de création peut nous amener à prendre une part active dans la lutte contre le changement climatique. Maxime Riché proposera aux étudiants de s’engager en allant à la rencontre du public et réalisant des portraits de citoyens, qui agissent déjà à leur échelle pour inspirer le plus grand nombre a les suivre.

 

 

Autres événements Climate Heroes pendant la COP21

 

À la Conference of Youth – COY11, au Parc des Expositions
Samedi 28 novembre, de 11h à 12h30 :  Conférence-débat autour du projet Climate Heroes et projection de court-métrages du projet, en anglais. Parc des Expositions, Villepinte (RER B, arrêt Parc des Expositions). Hall 8, espace Introspection, Salle 3. Programme complet : http://coy11.org/fr/programme/

Au Transformational Media Summit, Place to B
Lundi 30 novembre et mardi 1er décembre : Maxime Riché interviendra comme modérateur et speaker au Transformational Media Summit et proposera une vision de nouvelles formes de Storytelling afin de mettre en avant les innovateurs climatiques. Rendez-vous à Place to B.

 

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Le Jeudi 3 décembre, de 17h à 19h30, pendant la Marche My Little Sun, organisée par l’artiste Olafur Eliasson
(auteur de Ice Watch – http://www.olafureliasson.net/) et avec ArtPort. Maxime Riché réalisera des photographies de l’événement et des portraits des participants. Rejoignez nous pour une marche débutant à 17h au grand palais et se terminant à 19h30 sur le parvis de l’hôtel de ville.

Au Bourget, espace Génération Climat, avec la Fondation Nicolas Hulot
Vendredi 11 décembre, de 11h à 12h : atelier au Bourget avec la Fondation Nicolas Hulot, pour une journée spéciale thématique autour des forêts, en collaboration avec Envol Vert.
Diffusion des films Climate Heroes autour de la préservation des forêts, et atelier/conférence à destination du public : Comment l’acte de création peut nous amener à prendre une part active dans la lutte contre le changement climatique.

 

 

— English version —

YOU ARE INVITED DURING COP21 IN PARIS WITH THE CLIMATE HEROES

Climate Heroes is a documentary and advocacy media project gathering photos, videos, and texts with a science educational component, created by Maxime Riché in 2010. Along the years, he was joined by Luke Duggleby in Bangkok, and other contributing photographers and scientific journalists around the world.

Climate Heroes tells the story of those women and men who work, every day around the world, in order to mitigate climate change, understand its consequences and allow us to be better prepared to adapt to it. Citizens, activists, scientists, or entrepreneurs, the Climate Heroes prepare our world as it will be tomorrow. By their positive example, they can inspire the great many to start acting now and mitigating climate change.

For the past 5 years, the Climate Heroes team have met them to raise awareness and offer the public a more positive vision on climatic issues, provoke thought and foster behavioral changes. By doing so, we are carrying a strong and positive message.

 

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DURING COP21, JOIN US TO ACT FOR CLIMATE
IN PARIS AROUND THE CLIMATE HEROES

 

At Grand Palais : Friday December 4, to Thursday, December 10

Maxime Riché is Artist in Residence at Grand Palais, with a Climate Heroes photo exhibition of 14 large-scale portraits and stories, in the South Nave of Grand Palais, with the support of the Schneider Electric Foundation. This exhibition will be complemented by the screening of some Climate Heroes short-movies, filmed around the world. Some of the themes include agriculture, aquaculture, energy, forests, housing, water conservation and adaptation, etc.

Saturday December 5, 1pm to 3pm: you are invited to the Climate Heroes conference, with the support and participation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The conference will be given by Maxime Riché, Founder and Photographer/director of the Climate Heroes project, with the participation of Pr. Jean Jouzel, climatologist and glaciologist, Vice President of the IPCC Group I, and Dr. Jean-Louis Étienne, physician and explorer, renowned for his arctic and antarctic expeditions. After an introduction by Mr Ibrahim Thiaw, Delegate Executive Director for UNEP, this conference and screening will place man at the heart of the solution to act and mitigate climate change. By living a greater empathy with the living world, illustrated by examples of Climate Heroes from Buddhist monks to former industrial fishermen or illegal loggers in Indonesia, it will propose immediate action steps for our climate. Conference room n°2: http://www.solutionscop21.org/fr/?event=heros-du-climat

Tuesday, December 8, 3pm to 4.30pm : alongside Barthelemy Toguo and with ArtPort, Maxime Riché will give a workshop to the students of Lycée Maximilien Vox : How the act of creation can bring us to take a more active part in the fight against climate change. He will propose to the students to get involved by meeting the public and making portraits of citizens, who have already started acting at their level, in order to inspire more of us to follow this lead.

Other Climate Heroes events during COP21 in Paris

 

At Conference of Youth – COY11, Parc des Expositions
Saturday November 28, 11am to 12.30 pm: Conference around the Climate Heroes project and short film screenings, in English. Parc des Expositions, Villepinte (RER B, stop: Parc des Expositions). Hall 8, espace Introspection, Room 3. Full Programme at : http://coy11.org/fr/programme/

At the Transformational Media Summit, Place to B
Monday November 30 and Tuesday December 1st : Maxime Riché will be a speaker and moderator at the Transformational Media Summit in order to offer a vision on how to invent new ways of Storytelling in order to showcase climate innovators.

 

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On Thursday December 3, from 5pm to 7.30pm during the My Little Sun march, organized by Olafur Eliasson
(author of Ice Watch – http://www.olafureliasson.net/), and with ArtPort, Maxime Riché will make photographs of the event and portraits of the participants.

At Bourget, espace Génération Climat, with Fondation Nicolas Hulot
Friday, December 11, 11am to 12 noon : workshop with the Fondation Nicolas Hulot, for a special day around Forests, in collaboration with Envol Vert.
Screening of some of the Climate Heroes short movies around Forests, and conference with the public : how the act of creation can bring us to take an active part in the fight against climate change.

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Climate Heroes receives official COP21 Climate Conference label

COP21-labelWe are very happy to have received the final decision of the Minister for Environment, Ms Ségolène Royal, and Secretary General for the Conference of Parties (COP21), Mr Pierre Henri Guignard.

Climate Heroes received the official “COP 21 Paris 2015″ label, in preparation for the COP21 Paris Conference, also called United Nations Climate Change Conference, which will be held in Paris this December 2015.

This allows us to display the label on our website and any printed materials, such as exhibition materials and communications around the project.

 In preparation for December, and the COP21 conference, we are working to prepare more media and advocacy content through stories of Climate Heroes in France and abroad, to be shared with the public during COP21.
We hope to disseminate those stories as widely as possible on this occasion, in order to spread the word about those initiatives that can inspire more of us to start acting and mitigating climate change.
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Stay tuned for more information soon, a crowdfunding will be organized too. If you would like to support the public event we will be doing in Paris this fall, we would love to hear from you too! 
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Climate Heroes leader Max Riché speaks at UNFCCC Climate Summit: Video is live!

A few months back, Climate Heroes Founder and Photographer Maxime Riché was in NYC to give a speech at the UNFCCC reception at the Hearst tower, during the UNFCCC Climate Summit, at the same time as the NYC Climate March (more information on the original article here).

We are now delighted to share the final edited video of the evening, slightly shortened to keep a decent size. This sorter version features the speeches of R.K. Pachauri, who has been serving as thechairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 2002, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, as well as Wael Hmaidan, Director of the Climate Action Network, and Max Riché.

The reception was hosted by UK Climate Change Minister (now Envoy on Climate Change) Greg Barker and Robert De Niro’s wife, Grace Hightower De Niro, at the Hearst Tower, a LEED Platinum-certified building at the corner of Central Park. Many Climate Negociators, artists, activists and journalists were present.

Max Riché introduces the Climate Heroes project at the 14:20 cue:

 

Thank you very much BLJ Worldwide for organizing this event and inviting us to speak there!

 

Chewang Norphel, Himalayas

Crowdfunding to adapt to climate change

A few months back, we documented the work of Chewang Norphel, our very own Climate Hero from Ladakh, India: Chewang initiated the construction of artifical dams several years back, in order to fight the devastating effects of climage change on the glaciers in his region, and to counter their rapid melting, which made water very scarce for a good part of the year. He is one of the pioneers who looks for solutions to adapt to climate change in those fragile ecosystems. You can watch the interview we made with him here.

Chewang is the mentor to another engineer, Sonam Wangchuk, who has recently “raised US$125,000 through US-based crowdfunding website Indiegogo to create a series of “ice stupas” that promise to solve the water scarcity crisis.”

We are very proud to see that Chewang’s initiative continues to create innovations and adaptability measures in the region: this time, this is “ice stupas” that are being proposed as the way to store ice and water :

“The challenge was make ice last (that too in the lower altitude through) May and June, when the farmers needed it the most. Then, I thought the shape of the ice was key.”

The conventional glaciers would be 2 metres deep and spread over a wide area. Wangchuk’s brainwave was to make them taller, reducing the surface area for the same volume of ice.

 

Here is an image of the prototype :

The stupa team gathers around ice cone prototype (Pic: Ice Stupa Project)

The stupa team gathers around ice cone prototype (Pic: Ice Stupa Project)

 

For more details about the initiative, see the full article initially published here.

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Climate Heroes speaking in NYC, UN Climate Week

Climate Heroes founder Maxime Riché spoke in NYC on September 23rd during the Climate week preceding the UN Climate Summit requested by Ban Ki-moon.

It was a huge honor to be able to present our work with Climate Heroes at a dinner sponsored by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The night saw the launch of photographer Henry Dallal’s new book Addressing Climate Change. Speakers also included R.K. Pachauri, IPCC Chair and Nobel Laureate, the Secretary of State of Ecuador, Wael Hmaidan, Director of the Climate Action Network, UK climate change Minister, Greg Barker.

The dinner was scheduled at the end of the Climate week, and featured prominent environmental leaders spanning politics, business, entertainment, diplomacy, civil society, and academia, and also featured a discussion on the next steps for addressing climate change.

 

The Climate Heroes project was formally announced to journalist during his talk. A video of the talks is available below: Climate Heroes is introduced at the 14:20 cue:

 

Also annouced was the launch of momentforaction.org, a coalition website on which Climate Heroes is at the front of production for most of the portraits on the website. This movement is featuring the Leonardo DiCaprio foundation, and echoes Leo DiCaprio’s Speech at the UN earlier that day:

 

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Climate Heroes at the Climate March in New York

Today was a huge movement, worldwide, with unprecedented mobilization: Climate Marches happened all over the world. As described by all major newspapers and online media, hundreds of thousands of people in over 150 countries took the streets today to march for action on climate change.

This event was dubbed the People’s Climate March, and according the The Guardian, it has been flagged as “the biggest global call-to-action on climate change in history”.

Specifically, with this day of call-to-action, people are demanding world leaders take action on climate change as they prepare for a United Nations summit in New York on Monday, September 23rd, 2014.

Climate Heroes project founder Max Riché and project partner Sunmin Kim from Student Reporter were in New York today to march with groups coming from all over the world in Manhattan: an incredible number of people marched on Central Park West, in a procession that stretched all the way to midtown Manhattan.

Below are a few images he was able to capture today.

 

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Warm enough for Summer Games in Sochi

As the 2014 Winter Olympics continue on in Sochi, Russia, we reached a moment of perplexity this week when this AP news piece came out:

Temperatures in Sochi, Russia, during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, are apparently so warm that snow is melting, athletes are getting sunburned, and that it gives it all a feeling of summer games…

The AP Press wire states:

With temperatures rising on the Black Sea coast, the Sochi Olympics are starting to feel more like the Summer Games.

On Monday, these Sub-Tropical Olympics really started to heat up with temperatures soaring to 16 degrees C (61 degrees F). That led to skiers in the mountains above Sochi putting snow in their racing suits to cool down, and left ski jumpers landing in puddles.

“I’m trying to hide from the sun here because I feel like I’m getting red,” said Chemmy Alcott, a British skier who competed in the super-combined race.

The weather could get even warmer by the end of the week. Organizers said the temperature could reach 17 C (63 F) on Thursday.

With this surreal conditions, Athletes are starting to Read more

Industry Awakens to Threat of Climate Change

 

Above: A Coke bottling plant in Winona, Minn. The company has been affected by global droughts. Andrew Link/Winona Daily News, via Associated Press

So it is finally happening.

Mentalities are starting to shift, and large corporations now begin to realize that Climate Change is serious.

It was a strange feeling, and mixed emotions, to read the New York Times article earlier this month, entitled Industry Awakens to Threat of Climate Change.

The Author Coral Davenport describes an eye-opening experience for large corporations such as Coca Cola or Nike, who have started  experiencing the dire consequences of Climate Change.

Although there is nothing to rejoice about Read more