Please read an article on the Proof blog by National Geographic at the link above. The article “What Climate Change Looks Like Everyday”, discusses the use of photography and social media, specifically Instagram, on how to capture such a complex issue. The specific Instagram account “everydayclimatechange” has some examples posted throughout the article as examples. Throughout the article the author does a good job at explaining the background, bringing in quotes of photographers utilizing Instagram, and writing good rhetorical questions to draw the reader in. The lead in of the article is a little general but still draws the reader in. Delano states he tries to incorporate interesting captions, such as scientific evidence about global warming, alongside great photos to draw in an audience. I think the “nut graph” of the article came towards the end when Delano is quoted saying: “The main goal is to bring the concept that climate change isn’t just happening ‘over there’ but is something that affects the whole planet. The other goal is to bring this visual evidenced through the eyes of some of the best photographers on the planet to a new audience beyond our little cloistered photo world.” I feel that quotes sums up the purpose of the article well and even clearly states the photographers goals. In my opinion the article ended a little flat, it was a cute quote, but did not leave the reader feeling impacted enough, and did not summarize the overall essence of the article. I felt this article overall did a good job discussing and using visual storytelling and the current uses of it to bring news to a larger audience.
Do you think using Instagram to bring awareness to climate change is effective? Why?
What are some other ideas you would have along the topic of sharing how “climate change looks like ‘everyday’”?
What did you like/dislike about the article? What do you think the “nut graph” of the article was?
Any general comments?
-Carlea Hazzard (clhazz)