I first stumbled on Yann Arthus-Bertrand purely by accident. I was passing the Natural History museum and I noticed an outdoor exhibition that caught my eye. The exhibition was entitled ‘The Earth from Above‘ (taken from his book publication). All the photos were taken from a specific point of view i.e. from a plane, hot air balloon or even helicopter.
I love that Yann Arthus-Bertrand is showing both the beauty and fragility of our wold. His work brings to light our everyday choices and their impact to nature. No matter how we feel about global climate change, Yann attempts to convey the environment effects from human civilisations.. His movie “HOME” educates us to take responsability as individuals for the decisions we take and their knock on effect on the the planet. In an interview with ‘The Guardian’, Yann said:
“The key of The Earth from Above, and of Home is to show the beauty of the planet, and thereby to promote love for it. I asked a group of 11- to 14-year-olds the other day: ‘Do you believe humanity will end soon? And they nearly all said, ‘Yes I do believe it.’ Our children think our world will end. It’s a tragic thing. Adults don’t think that. They don’t see that we are eating the planet. But we are. If you take all the biomass of vertebrates on the planet, 98% are men and their domestic animals. All the wild animals in the world make up only 2%.”
Yann’s life is somewhat of an inspiration for me. He left his career in film industry to become a zoo keeper in Paris. After which he left for Africa where he dedicated many years following a pride of lions. His life’s work soon turned towards the conservation of not just wildlife but also the planet. His photos touch the viewer and remind us all of the delicate equilibrium of nature and the environmental challenges we humans face.
Beside his inspirational photos, he has also supports the Zeitz Foundation, an organization focused on sustainable development. This is a non-profit organisation set up to maintain or improve the integrity of ecosystems through effective, sustainable management practices that ensure ecosystems continue to deliver services – such as clean water and air, carbon sequestration, and healthy soils – for the benefit of mankind.
I wish more people, including myself, would have guts to do this kind of changes in their life for good of nature and planet! Meanwhile I can dream and wish to move to Africa, fingers crossed!
You can see more of Yann Arthus-Bertrand here.
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