Creating change [03-12]
Subhankar Banerjee – Caribou Migration I, photography, 2002
The photographer Subhankar Banerjee has been photographing the Arctic, its people and wildlife since 2000. This picture shows migrating caribou from the Porcupine River herd. Due to the long distance of their migration, this particular herd has been more affected by global warming than other herds. Their numbers are declining steadily due to changes in their habitat in recent years.
Talking of the changes to the environment that he has seen during his time there, he says, "I see the Arctic as the most connected land on the planet. On the one hand, we have begun to accept the reality of global warming and its devastating impacts on the Arctic. But on the other hand, we are realising the economic opportunities of global warming – that they have opened up vast areas of Arctic lands to search for oil and gas, which will, in turn, make global warming worse.
"Today, when I think about the Arctic my mind is filled with contradictions and conflicts, joy and sorrow," he adds.
Work reproduced courtesy of the artist and Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York. Part of the UNEP/Natural World Museum exhibition "Melting Ice/A Hot Topic: Envisioning Change"