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In a bid to show how careful it is with taxpayer's cash, DECC has decided to launch a climate change photography competition.

Run by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the #BackClimateAction 2015 competition opens on Friday 20 February.

Entries must be entered on Instagram or via Twitter.

Organisers say they are seeking an image that ‘challenges us to re-imagine climate change in the most original and engaging way’, by addressing one or more of the following: What do you most want to protect? (this could be your own or your family’s health); What feeling does climate change provoke? (e.g. loss, challenge, change or action); and What can tackling climate change lead to? (this could include changing technology, new ways of living, or new energy sources).

Yes folks, you are working your fingers to the bone so that "civil" "servants" can spend their time looking at pretty snapshots.

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Reader Comments (32)

It is very obvious in what they wants. They want pictures showing climate change causes damage to health so we should change our technology.
Such a campaign can be subverted on social media.For example
A picture showing the increase in vegetation and crop yields caused by increased CO2

Feb 19, 2015 at 9:27 AM | Unregistered CommenterRoger Clague

You wouldn't know that the UK is essentially bankrupt, with a total debt of over £1.5 trillion and rising by the minute to at least £1.8 trillion by 2020. Lunatic - Asylum, Augean Stable?

Love the "" around these people!

Feb 19, 2015 at 9:28 AM | Registered CommenterPhillip Bratby

Just another part of the propaganda drive in the build up to Paris.
Is there no-one with the clout to fight this idiocy?

Feb 19, 2015 at 9:34 AM | Registered CommenterMike Jackson

Do they get a Blue Peter badge?
This is about indoctrinating children, isn't it?

Feb 19, 2015 at 9:37 AM | Unregistered CommenterMCourtney

Here's my entry:

Feb 19, 2015 at 9:39 AM | Unregistered CommenterNCC1701E

Asking people to re imagine climate change sounds good until you read the next few sentences that make it clear that there is only one way to re imagine it.
I've sent them a photo of three dehydrated kittens just so they know I'm on message.

Feb 19, 2015 at 9:46 AM | Unregistered CommenterStu

In the interests of engagement and joining the 'conversation', I think we should all enter it.
It could provide another Milliband-burger-doubletake moment if a sceptic won it.

Feb 19, 2015 at 9:51 AM | Unregistered CommenterSpillinger

Two comments and it looks like they are disabled?

How many times do these muppets need to get bitten before they learn?

Feb 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM | Unregistered CommenterClovis Marcus

This is my favourite. It's about resilience and optimism in the face of the challenges ahead:

Feb 19, 2015 at 10:05 AM | Unregistered CommenterIan Woolley

Runners' Up:

3rd Prize, Picture of a polar bear stranded on a shrinking ice-berg. ( It's been done before.)

2nd Prize. Photograph of buffalo skeleton complete with horns, half buried in desert sand.
Red sky overhead.. ( Evocative context.)

1st Prize. Rising sea waters inundating land. Pair of human legs disappearing into the brine.
Would seem to be grandchildren's legs.

Feb 19, 2015 at 10:06 AM | Unregistered CommenterBeth Cooper

Mr Gladstone used to bring his own ink to the office because he thought it not reasonable that the taxpayer should have to pay for the cost of his correspondence. Perhaps he went a bit too far but modern politicians and bureaucrats could do well to remember that what they are so blithely hosing up the wall is in effect the widow's mite. Public money is a trust.

Feb 19, 2015 at 10:24 AM | Unregistered Commenterbill

It also has a new toy to hawk around schools, that's 'interactive', so propagandises the kids without them even knowing it.

Feb 19, 2015 at 10:42 AM | Unregistered CommenterJoe Public

We should run a campaign based on photos of before and after shots of windmills and the impact they have had on the countryside


Feb 19, 2015 at 10:44 AM | Unregistered Commentermailman

Uncivil serpents, I think you mean.

Feb 19, 2015 at 11:01 AM | Unregistered CommenterTuppence

How about photographs of ships stuck in ice trying to get through the North West passage? This was all the rage in the 1840's, with retreating ice sheets, leading to excitement and expeditions to find the "short cut" from Europe to the Pacific. It all ended in deaths, tears, and disappearances, as the sea ice, had not read the script. See Franklin Expedition.

In the early 2000's, with retreating ice sheets, there was much excitement that the North West passage would reopen, permanently. The ice obviously liked what happened before, and did it again.

Feb 19, 2015 at 11:10 AM | Unregistered CommenterGolf Charlie

I am sorely tempted to send them a selfe of my A*** Hole

Feb 19, 2015 at 11:18 AM | Unregistered CommenterAnoneumouse

@Clovis comments seem open ..or do you mean they go to moderation ?
Spelling mistake "Wealth" has been spelled with a "H"
in "What do you most want to protect? (this could be your own or your family’s health);" (and that of the taxpayer)

Feb 19, 2015 at 11:22 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Just a slight edit to your closing sentence: "Yes folks, you are working your fingers to the bone so that "civil" "servants" can spend their time looking at pretty snapshots - of the weather."

Feb 19, 2015 at 11:38 AM | Unregistered CommenterJimmy Haigh

This all comes from the totally original ideas developed by Cameron's 'High Level Panel' put together by the UN to consider new targets now that the Rio targets are expiring. Cameron realised for the first time in history that if you are not getting your message across then the cause must be the message. Big thank you to Sam Cam for doing the actual thinking bit and for correcting Dave when he got off message.

Feb 19, 2015 at 12:31 PM | Registered CommenterDung

"A picture showing the increase in vegetation and crop yields caused by increased CO2"

A blinking GIF showing the additional greening would be good!

Feb 19, 2015 at 12:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterNial

Marginally off-topic, but I had to laugh out loud this morning when the BBC Look East 'anchor', Catherine Nash, read her autocue with a completely straight face (as they are trained to do) announcing the fact that a hospital in Norfolk (I missed which one) would be 'generating their own electricity' by erecting a wind turbine for which they apparently had permission some time ago...
'Please, Mr Paramedic, please don't take me there...!'

Feb 19, 2015 at 12:46 PM | Unregistered Commentersherlock1

Go to this page:

At the bottom where it says, "Is there anything wrong with this page?"

Fill in the fact that it is wasting hard earned tax payers money on indoctrination and propaganda.

Feb 19, 2015 at 12:48 PM | Unregistered CommenterIvor Ward

"What do you most want to protect?"

The grid?

BTW, are there prizes..?

Feb 19, 2015 at 12:56 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

A photo of burning money would address all three questions.

Feb 19, 2015 at 1:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterGary

Feb 19, 2015 at 11:22 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Must be just me. I still can't see how to comment. But I can see 4 comments including yours.

I'll never get the hang of these computer thingies.

(Senior Application Architect)

Feb 19, 2015 at 2:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterClovis Marcus

Guido is already onto it with a photo of a burning wind turbine!

Feb 19, 2015 at 2:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Lyon

Pictures of drawings of flooded English towns from the 18th Century.

Feb 19, 2015 at 4:47 PM | Unregistered Commenterjamspid

I thought I would submit a picture of my kids playing in the snow to illustrate my concern that that they would never see snow again. The truth is, they haven't seen snow since we moved them to Western Australia. It hasn't snowed here since the whole Global Warming thing started.

Feb 19, 2015 at 11:21 PM | Unregistered CommenterBrian Andrews

Actually it did snow at Bluff Knoll in the south of Western Australia a few years ago. So many people took their kids to see it that they had to call in traffic police to control the crowds.

Feb 20, 2015 at 6:33 AM | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

John Lyon, that's not the picture Guido actually submitted!

(Those visiting GaiaGuido to see what he did submit, note it is potentially NSFW if your work frowns on copulating snowmen)

Feb 20, 2015 at 12:36 PM | Unregistered CommenterNW

Surely photos of Eco-screwups will flood #BackClimateAction the competition hashtag.
1. Chris Turney's Cli-tanic stuck in ice
2. Some Climategate emails
3. Conflict of interest info like Freewinds payments to MPs ..whole set of playing cards
4. Increasing energy bill marked with the Davey Tax
5. BBC FOI refusal letters
etc etc.

Feb 22, 2015 at 4:01 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Some time ago someone on here posted a cartoon showing 2 scenes:

1) Medieval people tut-tutting about mankind's sinful ways and how many bad things were caused by sin.
1) Present-day people tut-tutting about mankind's sinful ways and how many bad things were caused by sin.

Anyone got a link?

Feb 22, 2015 at 9:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterJack Hughes

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