Powerful Climate Change Exhibition at Cley

Wednesday 11 October, 2017

Norfolk Wildlife Trust will bring to Norfolk the work of award-winning photographer Ashley Cooper; known globally for his incredible photographs of the effects of climate change on humans and wildlife. Ashley will be at NWT Cley Marshes on Wednesday 18 October to launch his exhibition, and to talk about his new book ‘Images from a Warming Planet’.

The exhibition will be on display in the Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre from Thursday 19 October to Wednesday 15 November.

Ashley Cooper is a Lake District-based photographer who began capturing climate change with his camera in 2004, during a trip to Alaska which included a week-long trip to a small Inuit-inhabited island called Shishmaref. He says of his experiences in Alaska: “I was to witness on Shishmaref something that I have seen many times since, that is, those least responsible for climate change are most impacted by it. The whole experience blew me away.” He adds: “It left me in no doubt; documenting this should be my life’s work.”. Ashley went on to document what is believed to be the first-known instance of a polar bear starving to death, as a direct result of climate change.

Brendan Joyce, Chief Executive of Norfolk Wildlife Trust, said: “We are privileged to display Ashley Cooper’s exhibition at Cley Marshes; a nature reserve that knows the impact of climate change, with storm surges and flooding. The Trust is working hard to create a landscape more resilient to a changing climate. We hope that Ashley’s exhibition will bring to light the severity and scale of what we are facing.”

The exhibition launch promises to be a thought-provoking and inspiring evening, with guests getting the opportunity to be some of the first to see Ashley’s work. Attendees can enjoy a supper in our visitor centre before Ashley begins an illustrated talk about his new book ‘Images from a Warming Planet’, which features over 500 photographs of the impact of climate change across the globe.

Tickets for the launch night are £10 for NWT members and £12 for non-members, with a warm supper included in the price. Doors open at 6.45pm with supper being served at 7pm, followed by the talk at 7.45pm.  

For more information call the Cley Marshes Visitor Centre on 01263 740008.
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