“Our house is burning… “ If the formula of president Chirac at thethe fourth Earth summit, in September 2002, is now long past, the remedies were slow. The collectif Argos, composed the previous year, has guided its work for nearly twenty years around the environmental concerns.
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At the beginning, this small group of photographers (Hélène David, Cédric Faimali, Laurent Weyl, Guillaume Collanges) seeks above all to share ideas and thoughts. Very quickly, they decide to integrate people from feather in their project.
Account of global warming
At the beginning of the XXIe century, figures, graphs and pie charts of the Grouping of the intergovernmental panel on climate change (Ipcc) are beginning to alarm the media and many governments. “It seemed important to make palpable and sensitive data on global warming “, stresses Guillaume Collanges.
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The village of Shishmaref, Alaska, affected by the melting of the permafrost, to the archipelago of Tuvalu submerged by the rising waters, the photographers travel the world to report stories of men and women who bear the brunt of the effects of global warming. They are the first to document and embody the reports a bit boring scientists of the Ipcc.
The project, launched in 2004, extends over several years. A book is coming out in 2007, which will be re-released. The photo Festival La Gacilly, also involved in an ecological approach virtuous, promotes an exhibition of their work in the same year.
Identify and illustrate the positive initiatives
The exhibition then travels through France, accompanied by conferences and meetings. The exchanges are rich and also reveal the impact of the local climate, as well as the initiatives that are taken at this scale. In the wider world at its doorstep, the loop is closed.
The culmination of this work is reached when, in 2009, the embassy of France program, their exposure to the COP15 in Copenhagen, which will strengthen the urge of the collective to continue to dig the furrow environment. A commitment that requires time and money : everybody is going about his work, is dedicated to reports about the society, working on the news, responds to commands, but never stray too far from the path set.
The team is ready again to write a second chapter on the actors of the transition energy. The project “Footprint” identifies small and large initiatives, the Amap Île-de-France the development of wind power in Cape Verde.
A new exhibition, visible in early 2021
It finds its culmination in the dawn of the COP21 in Paris with an exhibition at the town hall. A touch of color and optimism after observing the very dark of the first component. “It seemed to us essential to also bear witness of the solutions “says Jérômine Derigny, who joined the collective in 2006.
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Nearly twenty years have passed, some members left, new ones arrived, but the spirit remains. The collectif Argos lives his life, always on the alert on disordered ecological. A page is written today with a new documentary series titled ” Bitter “. They leave, this time, to the meeting of small fishermen deprived of their livelihood by private interests, tourism or industrial.
The exhibition, postponed because of the sars coronavirus, will be visible early next year, on the occasion of the world Congress of the international Union for the conservation of nature (IUCN) in Marseille.