I am Keith and I’m here to ask for your help. My project is to develop a photo essay telling
the stories about the social, economic, and environmental impacts climate
change is having on Ghana, West Africa.
I want to compile the stories and photos of the experience people in Ghana are having into a photo essay and then book. These are few of the many stories from around about climate change. It is important to show their story so we can begin to see the similarities and differences in the struggles and the resourcefulness of people.
Their story also needs to be shared because the debate about climate change often replaces people, their struggles, and their resourcefulness with numbers and graphs.
Once I complete the photo essay I will submit it to as many groups and organizations that work with this issue. I will be able to reach a much wider audience if that happens. And when thinking big I hope that I can have their stories and photographs displayed in a gallery.
To complete this project on the ground research i.e. interviews with the fishermen who as well as those
that are involved in the supporting industries i.e. fish processors, fish sellers and traders,
people employed in transporting fish to
markets, canoe builders, net makers and menders is necessary so their story can be told.
This project is rooted in summer of 2005. I became interested in fishing and the boats
that fishermen used. I took some photos
that summer, but I never really did anything with them other than using them
when I teach my students about modern Africa.
Beyond that I just didn’t have to tell a story. As I searched for a story I started to research
the fishing industry in Ghana to see what story I could to tell with my
During my research I discovered climate change has reduced fish
landings in Ghana for more than a decade which had impacted fishermen and
supporting industries. Economically, fishermen
are earning lower wages because they are catching fewer fish. Also, the related industries are experiencing
economic decline as demand for their services have been decreasing.
Ecosystems are being changed as more people begin to search
for alternatives to fish protein. One example is Bushmeat hunting, which has been increasing in order to meet the protein needs of the people. Increased hunting, however, is altering the
ecosystem which is creating a whole set of new challenges.
I want to share their stories because climate change in Ghana
has a major impact on the livelihoods of fishermen and others. I want to document what the effects are as
well as the strategies that they use to cope with climate change.
Please help me make this project a reality. I cannot do it without your help. If you cannot help funding it, please pass
this link along in an email to your friends that you think may be
interested. Post links to it on your
Facebook page, and finally tweet about it.
With your help I will be able to tell the story of these
people visually documenting the impact of climate change and how they cope with
the changes they experience.