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Seeing the (In)Justice of Sustainability: Visualizing Inequality at the Centre of Climate Change Communication
  • ISSN: 2632-2463
  • E-ISSN: 2632-2471

Abstract

Stock photos are generic, ready-made visual conceptualizations of everyday myths. They have low credibility among audiences, yet they are proliferating in visual communication, including journalistic media. A close reading of one of the dominant visual tropes related to sustainability, a white woman’s hands cupping a young, green plant, suggests that these pre-formatted images contain tacit layers of meaning that are uncritically anthropocentric and accepting of inequalities.

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2022-10-01
2024-04-15
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