The photographs and voices included in We See The Change: The Human Cost of a Warming Climate provide a glimpse into the lives of millions living along the Mekong River who are impacted by climate change – a force that has been compounded by the construction of numerous large-scale hydropower dams.
Collectively, their stories and perspectives illuminate two fundamental truths. First, that the world’s poorest and most vulnerable individuals – those who have contributed the least to climate change – have been the first to be thrust onto its front lines. And secondly, that all life on Earth is interconnected. By examining the overlap of these two truths, the detached abstraction of climate change is given a human face.
Because our understanding of such changes is only as tangible as the metrics we use to measure them, it is critical that these metrics include stories. Such glimpses, which reach beyond the face of data to the human mirror, reveal not only a broader sense of the impact but also the narrowness of the perspective from which climate change arose.
From Sinaduji, Rinchen, Ai Po and eight-year-old Oudom, threads of connection, rather than boundaries of abstraction, offer a nuanced understanding that conjoins compassion with science, binding together that which the map divides.