When trying to photograph climate change, the key thing to capture is the “change.” And that’s not hard to do if you look closely at the world around you.


Braasch: “Ice is melting and shores are being eroded. Insects are moving and sometimes becoming more active. Rivers are flooding more often. Droughts are more severe, and all of these things can be captured by photography.”

That’s photojournalist Gary Braasch, author of a website called “World View of Global Warming.” He says the best way to photograph climate change is to learn what’s happening locally and focus on that. He also suggests photographing family vacation spots.

Braasch: “And so think about going to parks and vacation spots, coastlines, mountains that have glaciers, and capturing a picture that you can compare with a picture that you made years before.”

Images of people trying to prevent global warming are powerful, too — for example, solar panels being installed in your neighborhood.

Braasch: “It’s really important to show how people can take action and what they can do.”

Once you have the pictures, Braasch recommends showing them to friends, community groups, and local leaders so they can see the impacts of — and solutions to — climate change for themselves.

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.
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Bud Ward

Bud Ward was editor of Yale Climate Connections from 2007-2022. He started his environmental journalism career in 1974. He later served as assistant director of the U.S. Congress's National Commission...