The Hard Rain book has been sent to presidents and prime ministers, business leaders, public figures and key decision-makers. We also welcome comments from readers and exhibition visitors on the issues illustrated in Hard Rain. Have your say. Email Hard Rain Project today and come back soon to see what others are saying.
Think when you see
I want to give my opinion about this project. It´s very interesting because it includes today´s news. I´m going to be an English teacher and I think that to know about the problems around the world – for example drought, the use of weapons, desertification, climate change, the importance of water as resource – can be essential for children from other countries and for children in general. The pictures are shocking and they invite you to think when you see. I hadn´t stopped to think about the dangers and the values that Third World people face, and even when we see it, we complain all day but we don´t do anything to change it. Hard Rain makes me realise that people who have everything in life are causing climate change and therefore giving more problems for people in the Third World. Thank you very much for everything.
Climate change and the greenhouse effect
It's important that people know that we must avoid world climate change and the greenhouse effect because those changes will affect everything, not just people, as little by little we destroy the planet.
Take action before it is too late
Day by day we are turning into people who are attracted more and more by just material things, and sadly this does not let us see where the real richness is. Although there are several warnings about very important global problems such climate change, it is unbelievable how most people can see or hear this news and afterwards they continue with their busy lives as if nothing is happening. It seems that most people still don’t feel threatened enough to take action and maybe this is because they think that there is still time. But without a doubt they are totally wrong. We don’t realise that our planet has been waiting for us a long time and it cannot do that any more. So if we don’t try to change our attitude right now, we will regret it very soon. I would like to thank you for your fantastic project because the exhibitions, the news, made me think a lot about many human actions. I realised how selfish in general terms we can be, and it made me want to change my attitude and try to be a better person, respecting this planet.
Take personal responsibility
Congratulations to Mark and the team for a great exhibition and to St Martin's for inviting them. This is an excellent way to bring us to face the issues. Our response, if those at the St Martin-in-the-Fields presentation were anything to go by, is rather less inspirational. We are reluctant to admit that we are part of the problem but can also easily be part of the solution. We just need to start challenging our addition to the consumer culture. We don't really need to fly in planes – for holidays or for nearly so much of our business. Or to eat meat, knock down so many buildings to rebuild new ones, have and use lots of cars, etc. We need to reduce demand for electicity and oil, and then there will be less pressure to cut down trees or dig up Alaskan tar sands to fuel our greed. Instead of rushing around, let's take more time to enjoy where we are and get to know our local community – the people and the place. Many people are already doing this, on their own, through their local transition town group see http://transitiontowns.org/ and in other ways. Surprise – it is really enjoyable. We make new local friends, develop skills and local facilities, and will be better placed for coping with the impact of climate change and peak oil as they start hitting us harder. Better still, starting to change our habits can change us too. We are less stressed with trying to reconcile contradictions and our lives have a greater sense of peace and integrity. Let us act in love for this fragile and beautiful world, and (as well as lobbying others), let's start taking personal responsibility towards it.
Wonderful pics! Some of them are full of cruel reality and unfortunately we are the ones that cause them. Other pictures are astonishing like the one of the thunderstorm and the changes we have been doing to nature like "seven sad forests".