Love Planet Earth 2014
A photographic reminder of the future to come, each month a pause for reflection on our changing planet. As seen from our satellites, Earth’s beauty is overwhelming. Yet the messages they transmit are laden with evidence that we cannot ignore. Glaciers and coral reefs may resemble works of art, yet unprecedented temperature rises are placing them under stress, and the rice paddies of Asia, in turn, are besieged by urban encroachment.
Each image reveals marvels as it also reveals the threat of what may befall us tomorrow. Our world is undergoing a transformation right under our own satellites’ vigilant eyes – eyes that draw our attention to where we are molding the environment in harmony with nature and to where, instead, we are inflicting wounds.
The 2014 calendar holds urban landscapes and patches of nature that humanity cannot afford to lose. Natural areas to protect like the rainforests – our planet’s “pharmacies” – or a river delta where endangered species shelter. And if when viewed from above that same river delta takes the shape of the threatened creatures, the coincidence leaves us speechless.