I just arrived in the Indonesian capital for an assignment and will be here for the next week and a half, exploring the city and photographing issues related to the city’s development and environmental issue. Follow my mobile updates on Instagram (sean_gallagher_photo) in my ‘Jakartan Diary’ as I explore what I am sure will turn out to be a fascinating city.
Water pollution has been in the news a lot recently in China. The most notable story that has been circulating of late was the discovery of over 13,000 dead pigs in the Huangpu River outside of Shanghai. It’s another in a long line of stories that highlight the challenges that China faces in managing its waterways as the nation continues its rush to develop. Reading the coverage of this story led me to think about some of the examples of […]
Life in China is never dull. That’s one thing that I have learnt living here for the past 6 1/2 years. From one week to the next, there are stories in the news that will astound, surprise and just plain shock you. Visually, this also applies. The country continues to run at breakneck speed, developing itself and its economy, providing visual contradictions and juxtapositions at every turn. There are also quieter moments however, like those that appear in this post. As […]
On Wednesday of this week, I had the unique experience of chatting online for this first time with middle school students at the Lindblom Math and Science Academy in Chicago. This talk was set-up as part of the News Literacy Project, an organisation that aims to bring journalists into the classroom in the US to help students look critically about news that they are consuming on a day-to-day basis. “The News Literacy Project (NLP) is an innovative national educational program […]
A couple of quick links today to some recent published work. The first is on the excellent China Dialogue website. If you haven’t had a chance to view the CD website before, it really is a very good hub of all environment-related news from China, with contributors from all sectors. It is presented bilingually, therefore reaching a wide readership in both China and abroad. They recently ran my story ‘Between the Glacier and the Dam’, looking at how climate change […]
“The most massive tsunami, perfect storm, is bearing down upon us.” I came across this video yesterday that I felt compelled to share here on my blog today. The video is from the recent TED conference held in Long Beach, California and is presented by Allan Savory, a biologist who has been investigating new ways to help combat the increasing scourge of desertification. Savory offers compelling evidence that one of the most successful methods for converting deserts and drylands back […]