Our membership card for 2019 is now available.
The new card features a prize-winning image of a failing coastal defence on Bhola Island in Bangladesh from the Society’s 2018 Earth Photo competition. Taken by Lena Dobrowolska and Teo Ormond-Skeaping, the image depicts a lone palm tree facing out to sea next to a dilapidated coastal wall. It is a part of the artists’ Future Scenarios series, the result of a research collaboration with leading climate change scientists, researchers and policymakers in both the UK and the Global South, including the Bangladesh based research centre ICCAD. The series presents a fresh narrative regarding resilience and preparedness for change in countries originally often framed simply as victims of climate change.
The Society’s Director, Professor Joe Smith, said: “We chose this image for our new membership card as a way of signalling that climate change is a very prominent theme in geographical research, policy and professional work, but also because the artists have collaborated with leading Bangladeshi researchers to present a fresh narrative on this hugely important topic. The project shows how threatened regions and countries can show leadership in demonstrating mitigation and adaption strategies. We hope that this card acts as a small reminder to our Fellows and members that we all have our part to play in understanding, talking about, and acting on this global issue.”
Fellows and members will receive this card over the course of the year when they renew their membership.
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