Skip to main content
Girl, bridge

About Climate Visuals


Two maintenance men work on a wind turbine in northern Poland near Kobylnica during the winter. This photo of experts at work shows an unusual perspective on wind turbines, and is likely to be seen as credible and authentic. Robert van Waarden / Aurora Photos

Every day, thousands of images of climate change are shared around the world.  

A more compelling and diverse visual language for climate change is urgently required, so Climate Outreach created, an evidence-based image library.

Based on international social research in Europe and the US, this unique resource offers seven core principles for effective visual communication, plus a library of images. Climate Visuals aims to strategically change the working practices of influential visual communicators across the world, to catalyse a new - more compelling and diverse - visual language for climate change.

This website contains a growing library of photographs to provide inspiration and guidance for campaigners, picture editors and communications practitioners selecting imagery for communicating climate change. All images are captioned with an explanation of how they fit with the seven Climate Visuals principles, and why they work. Each image is linked to its original source and many are available to download for free under Creative Commons licenses for use in blogs, articles and campaigns. Wondering where to begin? Go to How to use the Climate Visuals Website to get started.

An introduction to Climate Visuals

The Climate Visuals Team

Adam is our Research Director, and an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Psychology, Cardiff University. Adam manages Climate Outreach's research portfolio, directs Climate Outreach's collaborations with academic partners, and leads the Climate Visuals programme. Adam lead-authored a book 'Talking Climate: From Research to Practice in Public Engagement', has published widely in academic journals, and writes regularly for international media, including The Guardian and New Scientist magazine. 


Anna brings considerable expertise in supporting and coordinating research projects through her work with several international NGOs and time at the University of Southampton. With a background in geography, she has also completed an MA in Environment and Development from King’s College London where her research focussed on youth engagement with global development issues. She has also developed a particular interest in communication strategies for disaster risk reduction, in response to the impacts of climate change, from her studies and work with Y Care International.


Robert is a Dutch Canadian photographer based in Eastern Canada. He is the photography adviser on the Climate Visuals project, a co-director of the Survival Media Agency and creator of Along the Pipeline. His experience around the world and the people he has encountered have led him to turn his lens on the most important issue facing humanity, Climate Change. He believes in the power of photography to make a difference and that through documentation of the social and natural world we can shift the world towards a thriving future. His clean style has appeared in major national and international outlets including The Guardian, National Geographic Traveler, Canadian Geographic, the United Nations Environment Program, the British Council, and numerous other magazines, NGOs and non-profit publications. His images have appeared in solo exhibits across the globe. He's on Twitter as @rvanwaarden


Léane brings 15 years of international experience in environmental education, communication and marketing. Prior to joining Climate Outreach, she lived in Vancouver where she worked at the David Suzuki Foundation as well as taught an Environmental Studies class at a secondary school. Before that, she worked in London as a Marketing Manager for Johnson & Johnson. She holds a Master’s in Environment & Management and a B Ed (Canada), an MBA in Marketing (US) and a B.A in Humanities (France). She is a native speaker of English and French. In her spare time she can be found climbing mountains, kayaking and sometimes even unicycling.


After 5 years at university - completing degrees in Anthropology at UCL and Environmental Governance at the University of Oxford - Karl's interests lie in society's cultural relationships with the environment. In the past this interest has taken him to communities in British Columbia and Iceland, where he has conducted research. Motivated by the need to bridge social science with real-world climate action, Karl initially joined Climate Outreach as a volunteer, and now as an assistant to the research team. He hopes in time to pursue doctoral studies in climate science communication. Born to an artistic family, Karl is a committed photographer and writer, and enjoys music from many cultures; especially Mali, Hawaii and Galicia.

Niall is currently working on a PhD at the University of Bath, which focuses on the psychology of communicating adaptation to climate change flood risks. He has a keen interest in how psychology research can inform visual, narrative and arts based forms of climate engagement. He studied Geography at UCL where his final year project focussed on public engagement with ‘climate arts’, before an MRes at Bath, which looked at centre-right engagement with climate film and video. He has worked in the Caribbean on a project about coral reefs and recently was a finalist in Connect4Climate’s international 360/VR video pitch competition. Alongside his PhD at Bath he holds an arts scholarship for music composition and production, and has taught seminars on the psychology of music. In his spare time he can be found cycling, collaborating on audio-visual projects or tinkering with musical instruments!

Our partners and collaborators

Our funders