People are not separate from the climate – National Geographic photographer Jason Edwards

08 October 2019

 National Geographic photographer Jason Edwards has documented people, wildlife and the natural environment in remote parts of the world for more than 25 years. He has visited regions as diverse as Greenland and the Great Barrier Reef, and has seen first-hand the impact of climate change in his career.

This global experience has given Jason a unique perspective on the world and how the natural environment has changed over time, as well as how those changes affect communities and the way people live.

“I travel for most of the year and I see changes here, and in the rest of the world. People are not separate from the climate. We are part of it. We are all in the same ship together. Climate change affects us here in Victoria, just like communities throughout the planet.”

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A love for photography began as a teenager and, after study, Jason became a zookeeper at Melbourne Zoo. Surrounded by animals, and with his camera in hand, Jason became the Zoo’s unofficial photographer, honing his skills before undertaking an Honours Degree in Scientific Photography. He began his career photographing wildlife and landscapes around the world for various publications, which then brought Jason to the attention of the National Geographic Society.

A multi award winning photographer, Jason’s work has been published in National Geographic Magazine, BBC Wildlife, Australian Geographic and hundreds of other publications and his portfolio represents a priceless documentation of the natural world over the recent decades.

As Jason says, nowhere is immune to climate change and, being a Victorian, Jason is keen to inspire individuals in his home state to make simple changes which will collectively help limit global warming.

People are integral to the landscape because of our ability to change it.

“I’m really excited to be sharing my experience with Sustainability Victoria. Tackling climate change can seem overwhelming but we’re not talking about turning your life upside down, or changing the way you live. Making simple changes in your daily life is a great way to start.”

Whether you're looking to improve on changes you've already made, or are just keen to find out how to get started, choosing how to spend your time and money can make a difference.

Using your consumer power in small daily decisions and living more sustainably contributes to collective action on climate change.

What you can do

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