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Climate Tracker is pleased to announce its new climate change photo project in collaboration with Afghan photojournalist, Farshad Usyan. Climate Tracker will be posting photos on Instagram, highlighting climate change in Afghanistan and other South Asian countries.

Farshad, 23, was born in Mazar-i-sharif, northern city of Afghanistan. Photography became his preferred way to expose untold stories and share his ideas with people.

With a keen interest in documentary projects, he uses his camera to tell stories with a social message. He started working as a photojournalist and reporter in northern region of Afghanistan for Agence France-Presse (AFP) in March 2013. Farshad was also one of Climate Tracker’s South Asia fellows in Sri Lanka, Colombo, last October and will now regularly contribute to Climate Tracker.

 “⁠⁠⁠For decades Afghanistan has been overshadowed by images of war and so far most attention is been given to the destruction caused by it. Other threats such as climate change effects are being neglected while this unnoticed silent killer causes more instability and poverty in long term,” he said.
He also said that 80% of Afghans who are dependent on rain-fed agriculture will have to live with 10% of land that is left suitable for farming due to rise in temperature and erratic rainfall. “Unless action is taken to strengthen the resilience of Afghan communities, residents will be pushed more into poverty,” he added.
When asked why photography is important in giving awareness about climate change, Usyan says, “By portraying the effects of climate change in daily life, I contribute to raising awareness for this much under exposed yet crucial issue.”

Check out some of his photos:


Although Afghanistan’s contribution to global carbon emissions is negligible, below 0.5%, it is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Due to the countrys renewed commitment to economic growth and development, the emission of greenhouse gases is expected to increase in the future. The Afghan government submitted their NDC to the UNFCCC at COP21in Paris, which addressed its climate change adaption and mitigation needs. The National Environmental Protection Agency, NEPA, has also launched special programs to decrease carbon emissions by 13 percent by 2030. ? by @farshadusyan #Afghanistan #climatechange #everydayeverywhere #everydayclimatechange #coal #climateaction #environment #environmentalism #unfccc #COP21 #instagram #photojournalism #photography

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Afghanistan has been suffering from the effects of the climate change. It has been so severe that the Global Adaptation Index ranked Afghanistan as the 17th most vulnerable country to the effects of the climate change in 2014. The country is particularly vulnerable to flood and drought. On average, Afghanistan faces a drought every 30 years. The most severe in recent history is considered to be the catastrophic drought that struck between 1998-2002. This was due to a slight decrease in rainfall during the spring season from 1960, and a rise in temperature by 0.6 degrees. Photo ?: @farshadusyan #afghanistan #climatechange #instagram #climate #adaptation #environment #photojournalism #photography #environmentalism #climate #environmental #instagram #everydayclimatechange #everydayeverywhere

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According to a local proverb ‘Kabul may be without gold, but not without snow’. As winter is around the corner, Kabuls residents eagerly await snowflakes to whiten the mountain tops.The winter snowfall in the mountains is a major source of water for the surroundings rivers, which is decreasing due to global warming. For rural areas, this water is necessary for irrigating crops and the survival of livestock. Afghanistan, as a landlocked country is extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Increasing temperatures have led to more rapid melt of the snow, which has led to flooding in the past. However, flood events are punctuated by drought events too, making Afghanistan extremely water scarce. ? by @farshadusyan #Afghanistan #everydayclimatechange #climatechange #everydayeverywhere #photography #photojournalism #kabul #environmentalism #environment #nature #instagram

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