1200 Cold Feet

Spenser Tunick has turned his lens on climate change, enlisting 600 people from all over Europe to highlight the rapid and increasingly accelerating disappearance of Alpine Glaciers. Tunick’s signature photography of the human body versus the environment, took place on the Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland.

The project, co-organised by Greenpeace, aimed to “establish a symbolic relationship between the vulnerability of the melting glacier and the human body”. The fear is that at the current rate of disappearance the Swiss glaciers will have completely vanished by 2080 – the Aletsch Glacier itself retreated by 115 metres between 2005 and 2006.

Unfortunately, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has only given us 8 years to curb our changing climate, before the damage becomes irreversible. With the interplay of vast numbers of variables, I’m not sure who can say for sure when, and if, climate change is reversible. But regardless, the importance is that if 600 people are willing to get naked and sit on a block of ice, then the least the rest of us can do is turn off our lights and start taking responsibility.

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