Photography by Dan Shipp (Fiji)

Climate change has reached code red for humanity, and the Pacific islands are among the most vulnerable to its effects. Global average temperatures are rising and soon the planet will reach tipping point, leading to irreversible change. In the Pacific, the destruction is already happening. As the oceans become warmer, sea levels rise and tropical storms become more fierce and frequent, coral and other marine life are dying, and crops are lost. Island communities face economic hardship, but that is not all: climate change poses a threat to their very existence – already the sea is claiming the land.

In the lead-up to the COP26 climate change summit, the UK Government invited people from across the Pacific to document the everyday impacts of climate change in their region. These photographs are the winning entries of the UK’s Pacific Climate Photography Competition, with submissions under the categories of Marine, Land, People, Youth (under 21) and Junior (under 13).

The photographs paint a stark picture of the challenges island nations face. But they also offer hope, showing the resilience of Pacific peoples and their determination to leave the environment in a better state for the next generation.

Date and venues

Dates Venues
03 November – 20 December 2023 Turner Centre, Kerikeri
08 July – 08 October 2023 Tūhura Otago Museum in Dunedin
04 May – 25 June 2023 New Zealand Parliament / Pāremata Aotearoa
04 November 2021 – 30 April 2022 National Library of New Zealand / Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa in Wellington 
30 July – 01 Aug 2021

Festival for the Future

Festival for the Future is Aotearoa's largest social innovation and leadership summit.  An intergeneration event which looks at innovation and leadership through the lens of enterprise, climate, inclusion, wellbeing; taking both a local and global view.The three day summit features inspiring conversations, guest speakers, panels, workshops, entertainment and an impact expo.

12 - 26 March 2021  Auckland Central City Library / Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero

See media stories:

▶ RNZ: 'Trouble in Paradise' - images of the climate crisis in the Pacific

▶ Stuff: Impacts of climate change on South Pacific explored in exhibition

▶ Otago Daily Times: Trouble in paradise

▶ Otago Daily Times: Exhibit goal to encourage urgent action