This image is from a series by Panos photographer Vlad Sokhin. The entire series is a good example of the climate visuals principles applied to a collection of imagery. Our research highlighted the need to show ‘real people doing real things’. This series personifies the issue of climate change and demonstrates how it has an impact right now on individuals. Our research has shown that this is essential if we want to communicate the nuanced stories that make up the issue of climate change. This in-depth reportage demonstrates how multiple images or media can expand on a single frame to be more effective communications. These are excellent tools that should be embraced by visual communicators.
WHAT IT SHOWS: Pauly Andy, 38, walks on the muddy shore of Mertarvik on Nelson Island, the new site that was chosen to relocate Newtok village. Newtok residents have decided to move as climate change means soon it will no longer be a viable place to live. Travelling to Mertarvik is possible only by boat, as it does not yet have a runway. Those climate refugees who are already relocated there still have to travel back to Newtok village, as only there can they buy food, have medical check ups, attend the church services and send their children to school.