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Earth From Above A Must See

Earth From Above A Must See

“Sometimes shocking but always beautiful, the breathtaking “Earth From Above” photographic exhibition - is a must see,” says United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development Committee chairman, Rob Fenwick.

“The words that accompany some of these postcard perfect images will shock, educate and hopefully inspire us all to pay closer attention to the state of our planet.”

Free and open to the public as part of the International Festival of the Arts, the stunning large scale images that make up Earth From Above will be on show at Waitangi Park on the waterfront.

Towards the end of last century French photographer, Yaan Arthus-Bertrand travelled the globe under the patronage of UNESCO in a bid to produce a unique photographic databank of striking images of the natural state of the world and its transformations – both good and bad.

His incredible journey culminated in more than 200 unforgettable photographs, from infectious fans of algae creeping into the Mediterranean Sea, tanks strewn across the deserts of war torn Iraq to a sail boat nearing an endangered coral reef in the Pacific.

“The sustainability of a land is shaped by the choices of its people. But most people don’t realise they have choices about the way they live, far less that these choices will determine the fate of their planet,” says Mr Fenwick.

“Last year UNESCO adopted the cause of Education for Sustainable Development as its global priority of the coming decade. At the launch our director general, Kochiro Matsurra asked if there was anything more fundamental to mankind than ensuring that the quality of life improvements we make for this and future generations, are in ways that respect our single common heritage: the shared use of the Earth?”

“It’s an ambitious timetable because to teach how to better live within the resources of the Earth we need first to learn about ourselves, our potential and our limitations, the needs of our communities and the ecosystems we are all part of.”

Mr Fenwick co-founded Living Earth, an innovative company that converts biological waste into high quality compost. He has also played a key role in a range of waste reduction initiatives throughout New Zealand and is the current chairman of the New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development.

The UN Decade’s presence at the Festival of the Arts is kindly sponsored by leading communications and presentation specialists, Vidcom New Zealand.

“We are indebted to Vidcom New Zealand – without their support we would not have been able to view the educational film that accompanies Earth From Above.”


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