An exhibition of photographs taken by Helena Christensen in the village of Pacchanta, Peru, to document climate change has opened at London’s Proud Gallery. The model, whose mother is Peruvian, told BBC News an "amazing part of history" could be lost.
Her Meltdown exhibition, in conjunction with Oxfam, aims to highlight "people suffering from food and water scarcity in the face of rising temperatures, changing seasons and melting glaciers".
"Pacchanta is a tiny little village community with people basically living the way they've been living for hundreds of years," she says. "When we approached the village, it almost seemed like an Irish village - stark buildings against incredible nature."
"As we approached, the little kids kind of appeared out of the houses and they loved being photographed, clowning around, having a lot of fun together. And they all got in the wheelbarrow - one of the bigger kids was pushing them all around."
"The people of Pacchanta are alpaca herders and they're farmers. They're the ones being mostly affected by the climate change because they rely so heavily on the rainfalls and the flow of the river and the water in the river."
"These mountains were covered in snow years ago and they’re not anymore so the rivers are drying out. There’s nothing for the alpacas to eat. It’s not possible for them to grow vegetables - for their families but also to make money."
"Obviously, the waterfalls are less frequent and the rivers are drying out because of the disappearing glaciers. Their everyday lives have been hugely affected and they can no longer rely on their source of income they've been relying on for years."
"The last woman has a baby on her back but the one in the middle has a bundle of handcrafts and this is the main source of income. They use the alpaca wool to knit and to create fabrics – scarves and clothes that they then sell to tourists."
"It was heartbreaking to see how beautiful this culture is. We are so close to losing this amazing part of history because of a couple of degrees rise in temperature. They're gonna have to move into cities. They'll be in a long line of unemployment."
"I am, along with the rest of the world, hoping that the UN Climate Chance Conference in Copenhagen will see the world leaders taking drastic action. The most important thing is to stop the huge emissions of carbon dioxide into the world."
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