Nature Photography: Coexistence (No. 53): Climate Alarm Photomontage

06 January 2020


Climate Alarm Photomontage; All Rights Reserved 2020 Sally W. Donatello

Click onto image to enlarge. Let me know your response to this photomontage. Prints are available upon request.


06 January 2020

This morning continued the dawning of the year—a year that may prove to surprise even the most cynical. As the weeks fill their destiny, I will be suggesting ways to soothe our journey.

Here is an example. Last week as I made my way north about forty minutes from my home, I searched TED Talks for a presentation, preferably about climate activism and climate justice. And behold, there I found the TEDx Countdown. Since that first introduction I’ve listened to it three times and joined their efforts.

Excerpted from ” TED and Future Stewards with Christiana Figures announced Countdown: a global collaboration to turn the tide on climate change. The name Countdown refers to the necessary reduction to zero net greenhouse gas emissions called for by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in order to mitigate the worst effects of climate change. A summit of 1,000 leaders and influencers – representing a cross-section of nations, businesses, cities, and citizens – will be held in Bergen, Norway from October 6-9, 2020. The following day – 10.10.2020 – will be celebrated as a major global gathering made up of thousands of connected local events in cities, neighborhoods, schools and workplaces around the globe—coordinated by the global TEDx community and other partners. Countdown content will be promoted by YouTube, and many YouTube creators will be invited to take part both in Bergen and at local events being held around the globe.”

Please view to read details about this collaboration and join the effort.

In the Lens section is a photomontage that reflects my feelings about this economic, environmental, social and political  crisis. It represents the intense and increasing threats imposed upon the planet by human inactions.

Candles come alive with fire, and fire can be a tool for survival or a tool for destruction. We are seeing the latter carve its way across global pathways.

Make a wish on these candles (sculpted by the wintry landscape) to stir the human spirit to put pressure on every nation, every government, every leader, each individual to get involved. And to realize that we can reverse the tides, we can avoid a dystopian future.


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30 Responses to Nature Photography: Coexistence (No. 53): Climate Alarm Photomontage

  1. beautifully symbolic image!

  2. Tina Schell says:

    I love your image Sally, so creative. It would make a really terrific poster. In all seriousness I think you should send it to the people putting countdown together. I’m off to check out the website, thanks for the link.

  3. Helen C says:

    Amazing photo! I love it! Can’t wait to watch (listen?) to the TED-Talk.
    Good night.

    • Helen, lovely to hear from you. Hope that you have had a chance to listen or watch the talk. I appreciate your comments.

      • Helen C says:

        He he he… my old brain. There were so many things to do and I forgot to watch it. But, after reading your comment, I did. WOW! It’s a do or die thing, and I hope people will do.
        I couldn’t find any information on what they expect you to do after you sign up. I need pay more attention on this issue. Thanks for bring it up. I will forward it to my daughter and niece, nephew…
        Good night.

      • Helen, I hope that they will send us more information. I plan to check on their site. I imagine that it will be some time before they organize and suggest additional action.

      • Helen C says:

        did you get my reply? It disappeared? I watched the video — I am glad I did. It’s an important issue. I will forward this to my family. And will read more articles on Countdown. Thank you for sharing!
        Good night.

      • Helen, their work inspires. I also will be reading more on their site, and probably will give us ideas for other sources.

  4. Cool shot, Sally.


  5. Happy 2020 and may your wishes for the new year come true for all of us! Thank you for your constant inspiration with both words and photography.

  6. Leya says:

    A timely post, Sally – beautifully carved and I will listen to the TED-talk to follow up. ♥

  7. Su Leslie says:

    Thank you Sally: I need every message of action-focused hope I can get right now.

  8. restlessjo says:

    There is so much information on the site, Sally, much of it providing solutions and hope. I know that we need to act, but all is far from lost. A positive message for 2020. 🙂 🙂

  9. restlessjo says:

    Fascinating image, Sally. I’m just off to the website for a read. 🙂 🙂

  10. pattimoed says:

    Wonderful image and message, Sally.

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