A few years ago I stumbled upon The Earth From Above [Vu Du Ciel], a collection of aerial photographs by Yann Arthus Bertrand. My jaw dropped to the floor. I was in awe. Not just of Yann’s genius – which is exemplary – but the mind boggling view of the earth I had taken for granted.
More than pretty pictures, these images tell a compelling story of the state of our planet.
To wit: The Eye of Maldives, an atoll [coral reef surrounding a sunken volcanic island] that is at risk from changing tides and temperatures, as well as the ravages of tourism. As a reference point, atoll formation may take up to 30,000,000 years.
As an environmentalist and filmmaker, Yann has been involved with UNESCO, as well as his own non-profit Good Planet with a vision to document the evolving state of the earth and the need for sustainable development.
Most recently he produced a visual feast with his latest carbon offset movie HOME – freely available worldwide. If you’re looking to be inspired – and as a reader of this blog, I take it your are – I can guarantee you 90 minutes of exhilaration.
Answer this question while watching:
What is the toll I am taking on our planet? What can I do today to turn things around?
Get involved with Yann’s numerous projects- check out Good Planet and while you’re there, don’t forget to look up Six Billion Others, his project interviewing more than 5000 people across the world with a peek into their deepest aspirations.