Photo by @ciriljazbec
It can take five flights, a helicopter and a dog sled team to get to some settlements in Greenland. But the long journey is always worth it for Slovenian photojournalist Ciril Jazbec (@ciriljazbec), who documents the climate-related changes taking place on this island of ice. “Greenland’s entire surface has started to melt,” says Ciril. “The speed of glaciers melting has increased dramatically. Only five or 10 years ago, it was a whole different story. Greenlanders used to have very strong hunting communities, but because of climate change there is no longer enough ice.”
Despite the reality of documenting these changes, Ciril seeks to capture the humanity. “How do you show the human face of climate change?” he asks. “How do you show what it’s like for these communities that are living in low-lying places and islands? I’m trying to somehow build a bridge between these issues and the viewers. Our planet is very fragile. It’s important to keep going back to Greenland and sharing with the world what is going on, so they know that we can’t take everything for granted.”
See Greenland through Ciril’s lens on our story today.