The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), who published the famous Red List of Threatened Species, is now preparing a Red List of Threatened Ecosystems. Much like the list of endangered species, list of ecosystems aims to be more than a mere classification. It will give us a global vision of environmental destructions, and allow international insitutions, governments, businesses and investors to be properly informed.
If you have not seen these amazing pictures collected by the European Space Agency and NASA's satellites over the past few years yet, do not miss them. Released only a few days ago, these shots show the changes made to our planet like we have never seen them before.
Even more striking and powerful, is the time-lapse video of the changes made to our environment.
A report from WWF shows that Greater Mekong countries (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Burma) have lost about 40m ha of forest cover - one third of their forests - in the past 35 years. At this rate, these countries could be left with around 10-20% of their original forests by 2030. This alarming deforestation rate not only has tremendous effects on the vegetation, but also on wildlife and humans.
Over the past few years, the European Space Agency and NASA have captured quite a collection of striking photographs from their satellites, that show deforestation from a rare angle. These photographs, released recently, also show the effects of fires, flooding and melting ice on our environment.
Naoko Ito's Urban Nature series display segments of branches caught in jars in such a way that they look untouched. Elegant and simple, these sculptures make a constat of the relationship between humans and nature. According to Naoko Ito, the message conveyed through these installations is that our existence is in a constant state of decay an renewal... Glass jars were chosen as a medium for their similarity to ice - a fragile and clear material that allows the preservation of elements.
Scarcely out of university at Yale, the prodigious Maya Lin was catapulted into the limelight in her architectural design of the Vietnam Veteran's War Memorial. With the plans originally intended for a class project, Lin proved herself as a capable and innovative architectural designer, sculptor and landscape artist at an extremely young age. Since then, she has been producing pieces of art that challenge and enhance one's perception of life, especially pertaining to elements of nature.
The first stop of our itinerant photography exhibition, Trees in Focus, culminated on April 8, 2013 with an Auction event that both allowed to raise consequent funds for our reforestation programs and was a lot of fun. With more than 250 guests present, Brazilian-themed music and food, and beautiful artwork on display, we are glad to say that the event was enjoyable and successful for our cause.