Our research found that images of individuals affected by climate impacts are emotionally powerful, but can also generate a sense of helplessness. They are best coupled or combined with a constructive 'action' that the viewer can take - harnessing the emotional power of the image without overwhelming the viewer.
WHAT IT SHOWS: BAKER, LOUISIANA-AUGUST 19, 2006. Angela Tillman, 40, has been living alone since her husband died of a heart attack two months prior on the couch right in her traile. He contracted an infection he got swimming from their home in the lower Ninth Ward to a nearby overpass after Hurricane Katrina destroyed their home. Tillman, has been fighting depression since her husband's death and has no money or job to get herself out the trailer park. A year after the majority of people in New Orleans lost everything to Hurricane Katrina, most of them are still struggling to pick themselves up and rebuild their lives. The thousands of people throughout Louisiana that were once relocated temporarily away from their homes in FEMA trailer parks are still living in them a year later. The largest of the parks in the state is called Renaissance Village, and is located an hour north of New Orleans in Baker. Anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 Katrina evacuees live in close to 700 small trailers. Many of the people living here feel forgotten by the rest of America and have been struggling to keep hope alive for a better future.