Imagining Climate Change



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Contributed date

November 24, 2018 - 6:36pm

Critical Commentary

This collage brings together numerous images from goolge searches of "climate change" in order to visualize how climate change is being popularly imagined, explained, and experienced. In many instances, these images appear right away, often indicating the most recent news reports on climate change. Through these searches one can see how climate change, at a quick glance, is  being represented through juxtapositions between quotidian imagery and foreboding descriptions. Images of children, farmers, and icebergs are coupled with descriptors such as "grim," "dire," and "crisis." 

By using this as one of my own ethnographic images I hope to illustrate how climate change happens simultaneously in our imaginaries as apocalyptic specticle and everyday slow violence. I also hope to drive forward the question: how can we bridge the gap between the spectacular and the everyday? 


Islas, Tannya. "Created Image: Imagining Climate Change" In Toxic Correspondence, created by James Adams. In Visualizing Toxic Subjects Digital Exhibit, curated by James Adams and Kim Fortun. The Center for Ethnography. March.


Cite as

BBC, Satellite Image of Hurricane Willa taken from NPR, Josh Haner and and Zbigniew Bdzak., "Imagining Climate Change", contributed by , Center for Ethnography, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 5 December 2018, accessed 10 December 2023.