Reflecting the tensions found in previous research of climate impact images, participants in our discussion groups frequently focused on the ‘but what can I do?’ question. This reinforces the importance of coupling emotionally intense ‘impacts’ images with practical guidance on ‘actions’ that can be taken in response to this heightened emotional arousal.
WHAT IT SHOWS: Aerial view as peatland and forest burns during fire patrol by Indonesian national board for disaster management on September 14, 2019 in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Illegal blazes to clear land for agricultural plantations have raged across Indonesia's Sumatra and Borneo islands as recent satellite data showed that the number of forest fires have jumped sharply, adding concerns on the smog across South-East Asia and the impact of increasing wildfires outbreaks worldwide due to global warming. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)