Thursday, October 09, 2008

Earth From Above

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"Earth From Above" is an amazing collection of photographs taken by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. I saw them a year or so ago in Wanaka, where they were exhibited outdoors on weatherproof 4 foot by 6 foot billboards. These are not just pretty snapshots - they were taken with the purpose of raising global awareness of sustainability issues. They are accompanied by information that is quite mind-boggling. Above is an example relevant to those of us working with cotton cloth. The caption reads : "Worker resting on bales of cotton, Thonakaha, Korhogo, Ivory Coast. Cotton crops occupy approximately 335,000 square klilometers worldwide, and use nearly one quarter of all pesticides sold."
One quarter of ALL pesticides on cotton? Who knew?
You can see more of the photos on BigPicture or on Yann's website here. If this exhibition comes to a place near you, go see it.

5 comments:

Janet said...

they look like cauliflower heads! WOW!

brdhsbldr said...

For a moment I thought it was sheep!
Nora

Julie said...

This is an amazing exhibition. We saw it a couple of years ago when it came to Birmingham England. I've seen the book too. The images are beautiful and many of them unexpected.

Karen said...

One wonders about the implications of resting on the pesticide full bales...

katelnorth said...

My DH was given this book for his birthday (50) last weekend by a geologist friend - it's FABULOUS. :)