INTERNATIONAL REBELLION II - Bank Junction, London, October 2019
“It was just a little girl, playing. People watching her with a smile. I took this picture when she finally stopped running, laughing. Then you zoom out, and you see people sitting on the ground on tarpaulins, jackets, cardboard. Zoom out, and you see a roadblock, women and men standing up under the rain, holding banners. One reads, climate struggle = class struggle. There's some singing and someone passing home-baked biscuits around. Zoom out, and there's a city with some disruption going on. A few points where the stream is disturbed, there's honking and some shouting maybe, all these busy lives protesting because they're late, oh they're going to be late. And you zoom out and you see a country busy sorting out a mess that someone wanted and someone else didn't. Pick your year. It could be any, right? But you zoom out, and it's not something you've seen already. Outside the country, up north, ice melting and the oceans growing higher. Draught south and people fleeing, their feet on burning sand, hot air exasperating survival, as if famine and war didn't do their job anyway. You see a big white animal, thick skin and a horn on his nose and that breath he takes, that's the last.
And after him a bird, then a swimming creature you don't know the name of, and another bird, and another, and another, and you're there, watching. Zoom out at last and you see a planet spinning and a mass of smoke covering south America because oh, you don't want to see. You really don't want to see. You stop. Maybe you panic. This is too big, right? Just too big. But then you zoom in. And when you zoom in, it's just a little girl, laughing. And you remember who you're doing this for. And you roll up your sleeves, take a picture, and get back to looking for solutions. Whatever it takes.”