Short Film about Thai Floods Provides Unique View of Everyday Impact of Climate Change
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change met in Uganda last week to discuss the current state of
global climate change. The main conclusion of the meeting had a familiar ring: weather is changing, and it’s probably
our fault (but we still need to conduct more research).
While the IPCC was debating the
conclusiveness of the data, people in Thailand were wading through waist-deep
water that has filled their shops, streets, and homes for months. The death toll of the
Thailand floods has just topped six hundred, most from drowning. Economic
growth is projected to be stunted at 2.4%.
This short film by photojournalist Gideon Mendel documents the everyday impact of these floods on the people
of Thailand. It is a spellbinding image of perseverance in the face of hardship
and adaptation amidst profound strangeness.