7 October 2019
Before Greta was known globally or there were mass climate strikes in the streets, this series was begun exactly one year ago from this writing when the IPCC released their special report on Global Warming of 1.5 ºC warning that unless changes are made now, by 2030, we will no longer be able to mitigate humanity’s effect on the heating planet. It was one of the most crucial documents pertaining to human existence ever written. If the events it warns of do take place then it will be the most important document humanity ever produced.
In 2030 people aged 12-20 will be in the prime of their lives when 2030 comes. I wondered if this age group cared or even knew of the report when it was released. After reading the NYT article on it I immediately texted my niece:
Me: Hey, I have a question: any thoughts on the climate report that was just released?
Gracえ: the climate report abt how the degree level for like drastic change is lower than we thought? if yes absolutely terrified
A couple hours later I interviewed her and would follow that up with more throughout New York over the course of the year.
All portraits were shot in New York in locations that might be underwater during the course of the subjects’ lifetimes. Those in the background are comprised of mostly older generations, many of whom will be in advanced age or no longer living by the time the climate crisis is predicted to hit. With their knowledge and concerns those looking into the camera are all too aware that they will be the ones to live in this changed, inhospitable world as the world passes them by.