New photography competition calls the Canon Institute for Global Studies “a platform for climate denial”

There is a new photography competition called  "Cameras Don’t Lie" that calls the Canon Institute for Global Studies "a platform for climate denial":

As photographers, whether professional or amateur, we all know cameras have been an important vehicle to communicate the real and present state of our planet.

Canon is one of the world’s best known brands, and a world-leading provider of imaging products and services. However, as revealed in an expose in February 2022, Canon has two faces; while branding itself as an environmentally-friendly and socially responsible company, it has created a think tank, the Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS), which is a platform for climate denial.

Just like the cameras they create, we believe Canon can play a powerful role in driving climate action, both through positive advocacy to the government and by living up to its own corporate philosophy of “kyosei” (living and working together for the common good).

With our love for the planet, we call on Canon to take action and join us in a fight to tackle the climate crisis. We ask Canon to withdraw support for CIGS, until publications by its research directors denying the science of climate change are withdrawn from sale, and to make a public statement that it in no way endorses the anti-science and pro-fossil fuel views of the think tank.

Here are the articles linked on the photo contest website:

A thinktank linked to Japanese technology giant Canon is coming under pressure to remove multiple articles from a research director who describes the climate crisis as “fake news” and compares campaigner Greta Thunberg to a communist. (The Guardian).

The Canon think tank spreads falsehoods about climate science, promotes fossil fuels and aims to slow the transition to clean energy in Japan. Its reach includes everything from international media to school children and government policy-making bodies. (

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