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Climate Heroes and GCCA to collaborate for awareness campaign on climate change

The Climate Heroes team is happy to announce that startin January 2014, we are entering a long-term collaboration with GCCA (tcktcktck.org) in order to showcase the profiles of Climate Heroes worldwide, in anticipation for a major awareness campaign led by GCCA.

The aim of the campaign is to launch a call to sign a petition in the Spring of 2014, and gather several million signatures, in anticipation for the Fall 2014 Climate Talks. By showing the world leaders that the public cares and demands immediate action and concrete steps from world leaders, the aim is to have them commit to actual actions and proposals for the 2015 Paris Climate Talks.

To carry out this mandate, the Climate Heroes team will be working from Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, to produce Video and Photo portraits of Climate Heroes. We will continue our collaboration with IRD (the French Institut de Recherche pour le Développement) in the locations were their scientific teams operate.

If you are in the field and want to join us, or if you know Climate Heroes who could be included in this amazing initiative, please feel free to contact us or to submit a portrait to us on the Submit a Portrait Page!

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Understanding Climate History – Dr. Jean Jouzel, IPCC Vice President

This month of October, Nicolas Beaumont and Maxime Riché photographed Dr. Jean Jouzel, the famous French climatologist and glaciologist, well known for his research on paleoclimatology. Vice President of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 2002, he received collectively the Nobel Peace Prize with the IPCC in 2007. His research work has allowed to reconstruct the history of climate on a scale never attained before, thus increasing the understanding of human-induced climate change.

He carries out his research activities from the French Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique (CEA) in Saclay, near Paris.

Photos and Video by Nicolas Beaumont. © Nicolas Beaumont and Climate Heroes.

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Ecuador, Going against the flow: Dr. Ivonne Baki

The latest work by Climate Heroes features Dr. Ivonne Baki, Ecuadorian Secretary of State, who is a caring international environmentalist, and a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.

Photographed by Maxime Riché in Paris, Dr. Baki leads the Yasuní-ITT Initiative, in conjunction with the UNDP, to protect one of the most biodiverse areas in the world in the Amazon from oil drilling and the release of devastating amounts of CO2.

Photos by Maxime Riché, Video by Nicolas Beaumont. © Maxime Riché, Nicolas Beaumont and Climate Heroes.

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Kenya, Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP

Achim Steiner is well known for speaking on climate change and the green economy.

Thanks to his leadership among others, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is a leading proponent of the Green Economy Initiative (GEI) designed to assist governments in “greening” their economies by reshaping and refocusing policies and investments towards a range of sectors. These include clean technologies, renewable energies, water services, green transportation, waste management, green buildings and sustainable agriculture and forest management.

Photos by Jonathan Kalan. © Jonathan Kalan and Climate Heroes.

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The Climate Heroes project joins the Tcktcktck.org alliance

The Climate Heroes project was created in August 2010. Since then, we have worked to show the amazing involvement and dedication of citizens, women and men, worldwide, who started acting to mitigate climage change.

At their own level, they decided then needed to start acting. By their example we hope to inspire more of us to follow their lead.

Scientists, media persons and entrepreneurs are equally important in this movement. They work to understand the effects of Climate Change, increase awareness, or come up with innovations and business models that will allow us to move away from a spiral of carbon emmission to a more sustainable living.

We are extremely excited as a team to announce today that we are joining efforts with The Global Call for Climate Action (GCCA), more generally known in the public as tcktcktck.org, to increase awareness about the work of those Climate Heroes.

TckTckTck represents an unprecedented network of more than 400 nonprofit organizations led by GCCA, the Global Call for Climate Action. As described on their mission statement :
Our shared mission is to harness the respective strengths of faith, development, science, environment, youth, labor, and other civil society organizations to achieve a world safe from runaway climate change.  The GCCA works to connect and facilitate the efforts of organizations from across the globe to communicate the urgency of climate change, campaign on the solutions before us and to mobilize the pubic in support of strong, equitable government action at the national and international levels.

This partnership will allow Climate Heroes to benefit from a relay for all the stories we produce, and much more in the future. Stay tuned for more developments in the future!

You can find us on the official Partners page of the GCCA network and here.

 

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Thailand, David Against Goliath – Jintana Kaewkao

Becoming a full-time environmental activist was never part of the plan. For Jintana Kaewkao, a 50 year old mother of three from Thailand’s Prajuab kirikhan province, there was no need to be in her quiet coastal village.

But in early 2000 all that changed. One of Thailand’s largest electricty company, Union Power Development Ltd Company, craftily started buying up pieces of coastal land from the villagers claiming it planned to built a resort which would offer employment opportunity away from the usual farming or fishing. Yet, as soon as all the land was under its ownership the plan suddenly changed. The company anounced that it was actually going to build a coal power plant, using the sea as a transport route for the coal and began cutting down over 10,000 coconut trees that lined the coastline.

Jintana then took charge and led the village on a ‘no-going back’ mission to stop the construction of the power plant once and for all.

Photos and Video by Luke Duggleby. © Luke Duggleby and Climate Heroes.

Team

The Team is growing: 5 photographers working together worldwide!

We are very pleased to have met, via friends, professional networks, or word of mouth.

Welcome to the Climate Heroes project Team members: Nicolas, Peter, Luke, and Jonathan! Together, we cover all continents, and we are all embarking together on the Climate Heroes adventure. We are looking forward to complete the project together!

This unique collaborative model will make the best of the expertise of each of us Team members, who know our “base” country and region in and out, thanks to the numerous assignments they have locally, or when travelling in remote parts of the globe.

See who is who on the Team page!

 

 

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Climate Heroes now recruiting

The Climate Heroes Project is recruiting! Worldwide photographers and project producers needed

Climate Heroes is a photographic and educational essay aimed at the general public, which gathers portraits of women and men who can inspire us to relieve climate change. Whether they are citizens, scientists, public or industrial figures, they already started acting. Their example, far from being a moralistic flag waived under our nose, is here for us to get inspired! Read more