Climate Stories Gallery

In the run-up to our Climate Modelling-themed pop-up in March 2022, we opened an online gallery to collect your photos, videos and sounds related to four themes.

The entries were shown on a reel in the pop-up’s chill-out zone and enjoyed by over 1200 visitors to our pop-up exhibition at Maketank. Click on one of the four themes below, or scroll down to see all the galleries.

Your climate stories

Image: Flood relief channel, Exeter, April 2012 (taken by Natalie)

In November 2021, the UK hosted the UN’s COP26 Climate Change Conference. Although it was a great platform for world leaders, climate experts and activists, we wanted to hear your thoughts and feelings about climate change. View the contributions below! (click each image to see it full size).

Jenya, Dartmoor: ‘Sea Space’This picture is to represent the moving of the sand through the elements of water and wind.

@ExeterMedCPD: ‘One Chance Left’This submission is the cover art from the University of Exeter Green Futures team’s ‘One Chance Left’ poetry project, highlighting links between the climate crisis and human health. Add your voices after you’ve had a chance to enjoy the poetry.

Maggi, Devon: ‘Roads not Taken … due to Climate Change’Climate Change means I can no longer count on a daily bike ride around Dolbury Hill and along the River Culm. More and more often, flooding spreads a wet blanket over my usual cycle route: it’s the new ab-normal. In this photo from 21 October 2021, we see the highest flood levels seen on this road in living memory.

Natalie, Exeter (@NataliePhysics): ‘Flood Relief Channel, Exeter, April 2012’ – The flood relief channel filling up – the footpath beside the (usual) water level is completely covered. This was quite an unusual year for rainfall and flooding.

Jake, Cornwall (@jakeboexceramics): ‘Sea Shells and Climate Change’1000 years of climate change, 1000 bowls blue to red, cool to warm.

Jan, Somerset: ‘Flooded Village, July 2012’Flood in our village in Somerset. The distant height measure is at 3ft – this is normally an (empty) ford across a shallow stream.

Your vision of a positive future

Image: Lucas Sandor on Unsplash

What do you envisage as part of a positive future? More trees? More people walking and cycling? Check out the contributions below!

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Ella-Grace and Amelie, West Exe School: ‘Climate change: A vision for the future’This is a poster showing a utopia and dystopia, showing what would happen if we did or didn’t act on climate change now.

Bea, Barnstaple: ‘Flower buildings’Bea, aged 4 has drawn a building covered in flowers! She loves the idea of flowers growing on walls and roofs. It’s surrounded by a meadow.

Penny, Exeter: ‘More wildflowers please!’Loved to see the wildflower verges along the roads on our estate. So many people were taking pictures as they walked past, it’s so much nicer than grass that needs mowing all the time. I’d love to see this everywhere in future!

Jessica, Barnstaple (Instagram: @jetdanielson): ‘Changing the way we shop’The reduction in single use plastics needs to be driven by policy change- let’s hope all supermarkets look like this in future!

Alexandra, Exeter: ‘Effortless compassion’This photo-for me-outlines simplistic, natural beauty that every living thing is created with, from birth. My vision, for this planet and all its inhabitants; from ants to trees, rocks to man, to go back to basics and appreciate the priceless little things again, and not need more in our days. To devote wholeheartedly to all around us and have nothing else to do but live.

Chantelle, Totnes (Twitter: @Foodincommun, FB: @FoodinCommunityCIC & Insta: @foodincommunity): ‘Healthy soils’Imagine if all of our food was grown to agroecological principles. As well as providing good nutrition for citizens, the soil on all farms would be healthy. Imagine soils that are more resistant to extreme weather events, that are teeming with life and with maximized carbon sequestering capacity.

Emma, Exeter (Twitter:@EmmaTWelton): ‘A Christmas Day Sound Walk’On 25th December I made this walk with my family. It’s our usual route, and was made extra-special on Christmas Day because of the muting of Exeter’s usual transport noise. People, animals, birds and the wind and the river are to the fore in this musical mix. Like in the quiet of the spring 2020 lockdown, moments like these allow us to glimpse how our city’s music will change as we adapt our lives away from fossil fuels and free our senses from noise pollution.

Emma, Exeter (Twitter:@EmmaTWelton): ‘A December Sound Walk in Exeter – TREE to TREE (December)’In December last year I composed this Sound Walk from a Tree near my house to one on Exeter University’s campus. I’m going to walk it again this weekend to find out what is sounding, now. Although this particular Sound Walk doesn’t speak of the future, I think attending to the truth of the sound in our habitat reveals the values of our society. I like to imagine how the sounds of this walk will quickly evolve, as we change the way we live. We can think of it as a huge collective composition. Which sounds will change? Will we chop down the trees and remove that sound? Or will we reduce the traffic and allow the trees and the birds their fullest voice? More Exeter Sound Walks at

Resolutions for change

Image: Shane Rounce on Unsplash

What positive changes are you making for the climate this year? Will you leave a patch of your garden to grow wild, or cut down on using the car? Check out our ideas, and the suggestions by visitors to our pop-up, in the contributions below.

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Natalie’s Resolutions for Change!

‘Alice’s resolutions for change!’ I am trying to make a few simple changes this year. I firmly believe that many people making small changes can make a huge difference and involving our family and friends in the discussion is so important.

What makes Earth special

Image: USGS on Unsplash

Earth is one of trillions of planets out there in our observable Universe – but so far, ours is looking pretty unique. Why is it special to you?

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Newtown Primary School

Dimitri, Exeter: ‘The Grove’ – Trees are sacred. Oils on canvas. 60x60cm.

St Sidwell’s C of E Primary School

Alexandra, Exeter: ‘Wake me up’ What makes earth special, is the surprises, the learning, the adaptation for survival, the evolution but also the fearless revolution of the seasons, a promise of harsh confrontation for all that are alive, and who will make it, and how long we ‘make it’ for, what it teaches, the messages from the mother.

Natalie, Exeter: “Wildlife (especially bees!)” – For me, the huge variety of wildlife is a big part of what makes Earth special. Now I’ve started gardening, I’ve encountered much more wildlife than ever before – and although I love the birdies, to see a bee waggling along a lavender stem of a plant I’ve put there – it fills me with such joy. Bees in particular play such a crucial role in our ecosystems, and ask for so little – we all just need to fill our gardens with flowers, reject the chemicals and enjoy the resulting buzz!

Jess, Dartmoor: “Wistman’s Wood” – Wistman’s wood is a high altitude ancient oak wood on Dartmoor designated a SSSI in 1964. It supports over 120 species of lichen. It’s incredible to stand in it and think about the biodiversity in this tiny patch of this tiny country, and extrapolate that across our wonderful world.

Bee, Dawlish Warren: ‘Dancing Sand’After Storm Eunice I went to Dawlish Warren and along with the many beautiful shells that had been washed onto the sand, my attention was captured by the sand dancing in the wind. The Earth is special in the way it inspires art, and how art is inherently within it.

Emma, Exeter (Twitter:@EmmaTWelton): ‘The tree inhales and stills the air’s fibrillating breath, holding it in wood’This piece listens to musicians practising in their homes from outside. Sometimes we see them, sometimes we don’t. We hear them, and we hear everything around them. Maybe we hear a connection between the two worlds, or maybe we don’t. For me, we hear humans in their habitat as part of the ever-unfolding musical composition of our only home: Earth. I hope listening in this way can help us consider how we live here, and, like the musicians striving for perfection, how we might make our human contribution more beautiful. The recordings were made using binaural headphones, to place you right in the middle of the sound, so it’s much best listened to through headphones!

Alice, Barnstaple: ‘Starlings near Chittlehampton’This tree at my grandparents’ house in North Devon is always full of starlings making a wonderful racket! It often makes me think of how special the Earth is and bursting with life.