TED: Yann Arthus-Bertrand captures fragile Earth in wide-angle
We are nearing the point for our species; where our population will be severely impacted, if not, potentially, extinguished. With our current rate of population growth and pollution emissions, the time will come (currently projected to be near 2015) when we can no longer correct our current detrimental environmental trajectory without geoengineering or some other yet unknown science. We and the planet are in dire straights: 1 billion people do not have enough to eat and more than 3/4 of the world is below a $10 poverty line, there are 20 million refugees, the pH of the oceans is decreasing, and greenhouse gases are inducing climate change. As Yann Arthus-Bertrand states in the following video “we don’t want to believe what we know.”
In this image-filled talk, Yann Arthus-Bertrand displays his three most recent projects on humanity and our habitat — stunning aerial photographs in his series “The Earth From Above,” personal interviews from around the globe featured in his web project “6 billion Others,” and his soon-to-be-released movie, “Home,” which documents human impact on the environment through breathtaking video.
The entire Home movie:
HOME is an ode to the planet’s beauty and its delicate harmony. Through the landscapes of 54 countries captured from above, Yann Arthus-Bertrand takes us on a unique journey all around the planet, to contemplate it and to understand it. But HOME is more than a documentary with a message, it is a magnificent movie in its own right. Every breathtaking shot shows the Earth – our Earth – as we have never seen it before. Every image shows the Earth’s treasures we are destroying and all the wonders we can still preserve. “From the sky, there’s less need for explanations”. Our vision becomes more immediate, intuitive and emotional. HOME has an impact on anyone who sees it. It awakens in us the awareness that is needed to change the way we see the world. (HOME embraces the major ecological issues that confront us and shows how everything on our planet is interconnected.)