This award contributes funding towards UCLA Art & Global Health Center;s new collaboration with the UCLA Center for Climate Change Solutions, the UCLA Geography Muir Chair and Studio, the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, and the Visual and Performing Arts Education Minor to bring the award-winning photographer Gideon Mendel to campus to show and discuss his "Drowning World" project. Mendel, who hails from South Africa and now lives in London, takes photographs of people whose homes have been flooded. They stand, often knee- or even neck-deep in water, their faces impassive, in the midst of their submerged houses, in locations ranging from Pakistan to Australia, the UK to Nigeria. Mendel describes his project as “activist,” in the sense that it is meant to jumpstart a larger conversation about climate change and how it is affecting the lives of people around the world. Mendel’s artist talk constitutes the first part of a half-day Drowning World event.
The second part consists of a roundtable discussion on ways to communicate effectively with the general public regarding climate change science, which is potentially a very complicated, perhaps even unfathomable, subject, for non-scientists. Thus, the subject of the roundtable will not be the science per se, but rather how to share or teach the science in such a way that it incites action, as Mendel’s Drowning World project has been designed to do.