Exhibition "The Climate and us - the (in)visible impact" opened

November 2, 2021

Belgrade, November 2 - On the occasion of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change COP26, in Glasgow, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in partnership with the City Municipality of Stari Grad opened an exhibition of photographs "The climate and us - the (in)visible impact" on Republic Square in Belgrade today. The focus of this exhibition is the impact of climate change on the lives of people in Serbia, especially during the last summer, which was the fifth warmest in our country in the last 70 years.

"While in Glasgow, the leaders of almost 200 countries in the world are trying to reach a new agreement to stop climate change, we want to show how their consequences are already affecting everyone living in Serbia. These photos show ordinary people who, due to the heat and drought, have  numerous problems with fires, lack of drinking water, as well as reduced yields of agricultural crops. The lesson that the exhibition conveys is that we must adapt to the new climate reality as soon as possible, but also to stop further global warming, in order to survive, because climate change knows no borders and affects us no matter where we live", said Francine Pickup, UNDP Resident Representative in Serbia.

"The most important task of all of us today is to take care of the environment and stop the negative impact of climate change. First of all, we must look at the mistakes made so far, so that we would be ready to fight for our planet much better and more efficiently in the future. The City Municipality of Stari Grad continues to implement traditional, but also innovative methods of landscaping on the territory of the municipality, with constant initiation and support of projects aimed at recycling and reuse of waste", said Dušan Petrić, President of the Municipal Assembly of Stari Grad.

In forty selected photographs by Vladimir Živojinović, the exhibition "The climate and us - the (In)visible impact" presents, through personal stories,
the problems that Serbian citizens faced during this year's hot and dry summer, from the hilly and mountainous areas of the Zlatibor district, through Belgrade to the Srem plain. Their testimonies show how climate change is changing the environment, how it affects natural resources such as forests, rivers and mountain meadows, the availability of food and water, agricultural yields and sources of income, but also the quality of life in large urban areas.

In addition to the challenges posed by changing weather conditions in Serbia, the exhibition also shows some of the existing solutions that can help us tackle them, such as solar and wind energy production, innovative solutions for agricultural irrigation and to reduce CO2 emissions and air pollution in cities. The exhibition "The climate and us - the (in)visible impact" can be viewed on Republic Square in Belgrade until November 14, 2021.

Francine Pickup, UNDP Resident Representative in Serbia, and Vladimir Živojinović, author of the photographs.