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!

 

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.

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:

 

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.

 

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

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!

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.

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.

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.