A starving polar bear, rummaging for food in empty cans, in an ice-free landscape, with a caption that reads: “This is what climate change looks like.”
And she blames people for taking the iconic image ‘literally’ ?
How else were people supposed to take this heart-wrenching but deceptive image?
National Geographic contributing photographer and speaker Cristina Mittermeieracknowledged Thursday that her now-viral photographs of a starving polar bear went “too far” in linking the bear’s condition to the effects of climate change.
In an article for National Geographic, Ms. Mittermeier wrote that she and photographer Paul Nicklen, who recorded video of the bear, were “on a mission to capture images that communicate the urgency of climate change”
“Documenting its effects on wildlife hasn’t been easy,” she wrote. “With this image, we thought we had found a way to help people imagine what the future of climate change might look like. We were, perhaps, naive. The picture went viral — and people took it literally….
“The mission was a success, but there was a problem: We had lost control of the narrative,” she wrote. “Perhaps we made a mistake in not telling the full story — that we were looking for a picture that foretold the future and that we didn’t know what had happened to this particular polar bear.