Climate Heroes

Climate Heroes: Maxime Riché’s climate change documentary project

Climate Heroes, “get inspired to act against climate change” is a documentary media project about climate change gathering photos, videos, and texts created by Maxime Riché.

Between 2010 and 2016, with a team of 4 other photographers and 6 journalists, they documented the stories of the women and the men who work, every day around the world, in order to mitigate climate change, understand its consequences and allow us to be better prepared to adapt to it.

Citizens, activists, scientists, or entrepreneurs, the Climate Heroes prepare our world as it will be tomorrow. By their positive example, they can inspire the great many to start acting now to mitigate climate change.

You can see all the Climate Heroes on climateheroes.org

Print: publications in GEO France, Le Monde, Elle, Die Zeit. Exhibition in Grand Palais, Paris during COP21 | Website: climateheroes.org

Bren Smith,

In 2013, Bren Smith, former industrial fisherman and ocean farmer, starts GreenWave (greenwave.org), an NGO aimed at replicating in open-source a new model of ocean farming that he has put together after years of trial and error. It offers solutions to mitigate our harm with regards to the current food insecurity crisis, and impacts of climate change. In 3-dimentional marine farm model that’s one of the most sustainable ways to feed us, requiring no inputs whatsoever, he grows Kelp (an algae), oysters, clams and mussels. This method restores ecosystems while reducing the pressure on fish stocks, and capturing carbon and nitrogen both from our atmosphere and from the water column.

Isatou Ceesay, Queen of Plastic Recycling in The Gambia

Waste, and plastic waste is a huge issue globally. In Africa, even more than anywhere else, waste is a major contributor to carbon dioxyde emissions and climate change. Isatou Ceesay has been empowering women in The Gambia for over 17 years, to turn plastic waste into revenues and thus take a more importante role in society while ensuring their financial independence. With over 2,000 members in 40 groups, and projects with the EU and the UNDP, Isatou’s organization, Women Initiative the Gambia, is one of the hopes for the continent to see this situation change.

Former illegal loggers of the Gunung Terang village, Sumatra, Indonesia

Estimates say that 40 to 61 percent of the Indonesian timber industry stems from illegal logging. Controlled by the mafia, these jungles once lush are now a kingdom of illegal loggers – a cohabition of jobless immigrants, making their ends meet, and government officials, making their fortunes. But in Gunung Terang, a small village in South Sumatra, deforested mountains are reconverted into tiny farms. With wooden caskets and rakes in their hands, Subari, Paryoto, Amir and many other villagers there are grow sustainable-farming-certified coffee beans and vegetables. It would be hard to believe that these were the very same people that once mercilessly chopped the trees.

Former illegal loggers of the Gunung Terang village, Sumatra, Indonesia

Estimates say that 40 to 61 percent of the Indonesian timber industry stems from illegal logging. Controlled by the mafia, these jungles once lush are now a kingdom of illegal loggers – a cohabition of jobless immigrants, making their ends meet, and government officials, making their fortunes. But in Gunung Terang, a small village in South Sumatra, deforested mountains are reconverted into tiny farms. With wooden caskets and rakes in their hands, Subari, Paryoto, Amir and many other villagers there are grow sustainable-farming-certified coffee beans and vegetables. It would be hard to believe that these were the very same people that once mercilessly chopped the trees.

More work

ARBRES D’AVENIR – THESEEDLINGS OF CHANGE

PUR Projet,Paris

OUT WEST

Landscapes of Xinjiang | Patrick Wack

HERE ARE THE MEN

Portraits of China | Patrick Wack

WOMEN OF ORISSA

Toilet Board Coalition / Svadha

LEADERSHIP – THE SWISS WAY

Schweizer Kader Organisation, Zürich

THE PATH: JOURNEY TO A BETTER FUTURE

Toilet Board Coalition, Geneva

CLIMATE HEROES

CLIMATE CHANGE DOCUMENTARY PROJECT | Maxime Riché