|Written by Luca Tronci|
|11 Aug 2010|
‘No Season’ is the first chapter of a long term global project about tourism and climate change. Tourism and travel is a vital contributor to the global economy, and especially important for many developing countries. It is an effective way of redistributing wealth and a catalyst for gender equality, cultural preservation and nature conservation. As a result, the sector is also contributing to the UN Millennium Development Goals.
But tourism and travel is also a vector of climate change. Recent evidence suggests that the sector’s contribution to global anthropogenic CO2 emissions is at just 5%, but it may be higher (from 5% to 14%) if measured as a radiative forcing, i.e. the warming caused by CO2 as well as other greenhouse gases (UNWTO-UNEP-WMO 2008). As this calculation only includes energy emissions, and does not consider the energy needed to construct hotels, airports, highways and runways, and to keep them working, it needs to be understood as conservative.
'No Season' is a challenge for me to visually break into the climate change/global warming debate as a way of focusing on industrial activities in terms of sustainability. I started with the mediterranean coast because the area is a tourist hot spot and, equally, because tourism is a vital contributor to the economies of the countries here. In Spain in particular, the controversial building of the swathes of tourist accommodation has been upstoppable for the last two decades and the madness of building entire cities to be used only a few weeks every years is so clearly visible. I shot all the main massive tourist hotspots along the mediterranean coast, from Costa Brava deep down to Andalusia in February, March, October and November, in the off season, in order not to risk to making another 'Martin Parr' kind of work. Next stop, Italy.