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Arctic/Small Island States youth photo exhibition

“Portraits of Resilience” photo exhibition opened on 18 November 2013 at the State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 19th Conference of the Parties.

“Portraits of Resilience” is part of the Many Strong Voices programme (, which promotes the  wellbeing, security, and sustainability of coastal communities in the Arctic and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

“Portraits” is a photo project that trains young people in the Arctic and SIDS ‐ regions being directly affected by climate change ‐ in the use of photography and other digital media.  It helps bring personal stories of people and societies coping with rapid change to the attention of the general public and to decision-makers at international climate change negotiations.

The exhibition features the work of young photographers in Chukotka (Russia), the Canadian Arctic, Seychelles, Tuvalu and the Marshall Islands. It is a collaboration between GoNorth! Adventure Learning and Many Strong Voices.

The work from Russia is called “Beringia: What Is Climate Change to You?” and is part of an ongoing

project funded by the US National Park Service and the Government of the Autonomous Region of

Chukotka.  It is facilitated by the US non-profit organization GoNorth! Adventure Learning and involves Beringian youth who live in the far eastern part of Russia in ethnographic‐based science of climate and environmental change.

Students examine how climate change affects their environment and lives of people in their communities, and in the Arctic at large.   The exhibition was opened by H.E. Mr. Ronald Jumeau,

Seychelles Ambassador for Climate Change and Small Island Developing State Issues.

Other speakers included youth from the Canadian Arctic, the small Caribbean island of Barbuda,

and the Republic of  the Marshall Islands.

Tuesday 19 Nov 2013
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