Exhibition urges leaders to act now on climate change

Published: 14 May 2012 at 10:32

Hard Rain: Whole Earth? to go on display at Anglia Ruskin ahead of Rio summit

Anglia Ruskin University will be hosting a hard-hitting photographic exhibition to raise awareness of global environmental issues ahead of next month’s Rio +20 Earth Summit in Brazil.

The “Hard Rain: Whole Earth? Aligning human systems and natural systems” exhibition is being supported by Anglia Ruskin’s Global Sustainability Institute and will be on display at the William Harvey Building on the Chelmsford campus from 19-27 May.

Having been seen by over 15 million people worldwide, Hard Rain is a photographic essay that illustrates the interlinked challenges of climate change, poverty, population expansion, habitat destruction, species extinction, pollution and the wasteful use of resources.

The exhibition, which is going on show in the East of England for the first time, brings these global challenges alive in a moving and unforgettable way, and photographer Mark Edwards, the founder of the Hard Rain Project, will be giving a free public lecture on Wednesday, 23 May (6.30-7.30pm) to explain the importance of each image.

Hard Rain will be accompanied by a new exhibition, Whole Earth?, which responds to requests by thousands of visitors and curators for an exhibition that presents solutions to the problems illustrated in Hard Rain.

It presents proven solutions from countries around the world – technologies, development projects, and lifestyle approaches – that need to be scaled up and widely adopted if we are to create a sustainable civilisation.

Mark Edwards said:

Hard Rain introduces the exhibition and serves as a vivid reminder of the price of inaction.  Hard Rain: Whole Earth? is designed to renew the ambitions for change in a large cross-section of the public and encourage political and business leaders to take bold, long-term decisions to secure our gains and avoid disasters that appear increasingly imminent.”

Dr Aled Jones, Director of the Global Sustainability Institute (GSI), said:

“The GSI plays a critical role in allying academic disciplines from across Anglia Ruskin together with business and governments.  
“The GSI focuses its efforts in understanding personal motivations and systems change, including how individuals can play a role in tackling the global challenges set out so eloquently in the Hard Rain: Whole Earth? exhibition.”