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Going to New Zealand? Take some travel snapshots for a good cause

A new project in New Zealand is encouraging locals and travellers alike to pick up their cameras with the aim of capturing climate change through time-lapse images.

Mueller Glacier, New Zealand.
Mueller Glacier, New Zealand. Image by Andrea Schaffer / CC BY 2.0

SnapShotMe is an initiative that aims to use photographs taken by the public at popular sites to show changes in weather and climate over time, reports Stuff.co.nz.

The folks behind the initiative, Arthur Machado and Christopher Butlin, have placed photo stands at different locations that show users how to get the right frame. Users can then submit their photos to the project.

According to their website, “by keeping a record of how those landscapes are changing throughout time, we will have in our hands, visual material to support the numbers provided by science, and help to spread the word about conservation. This material is available to anyone who wants to do something about conserving our environment”.

They note that most people have a camera or a cell phone and can easily snap a shot when they see one of the stands.

“By doing this, you will be taking one step as someone who cares about the way things are going, and is taking action to change this path”.

The stands are currently located at Mueller Glacier, Hooker Valley, Tasman Glacier, the New Brighton pier, the Christchurch Gondola, and the Christchurch Botanical Gardens.

So far, the photographs documented on the site come from people in Australia, China, the Netherlands, Singapore, France and more.

The site currently features seven images from the Tasman Glacier and notes that “since the 90’s, the Tasman Glacier has retreated about 180 metres an year on average. Tourists from around the world are now able to give a deeper meaning to their photos, registering views from the glacier that maybe will never be seen again”.

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