The onus falls on government to give us the systems, incentives and regulatory frameworks to enable sustainable development. We hope to see a sense of shared vision and objectives by governments at Rio+20, but historically, governments have shown a lack of courage.
The visuals for the One Planet film were created by researching the NASA and ESA archives for photographs where mankind’s impact was clearly visible from space. These included deforestation and forest fires, water usage, agriculture, smog, coastal pollution and the impacts of climate change on glaciers and polar ice. The images were then ‘nudged’ into human footprint shapes digitally, with care taken not to exaggerate the impacts but to emphasize their human origin.
The images were then layered and animated to give the impression they were being observed through windows of the International Space Station or other orbiting craft. A shallow depth-of-field both focused the viewer’s attention on the details and gave the feeling of miniature photography – lending the sense that this is a small planet, on which we should ‘tread’ lightly.
Climate change has had a devastating impact on coffee farmers in Peru with torrential rain and flooding destroying their crops. Cafedirect’s ground breaking reforestation project is helping to mitigate these problems and create an innovative sustainable financing solution.
Since the 1992 UN Summit, the philosophies of business, NGOs and governments have evolved – often at the expense of sustainable development goals. What has been constant is the desire to motivate people to act.
Bernal wins a Whitley Award for his work to develop a coordinated strategy to conserve bats in Central America. The video narrated by Sir David Attenborough, describes his work.
Budiono wins a Whitley Award for his work to establish community-supported protected areas to conserve Indonesia’s last population of freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins.
Carlos Vasquez Almazan, an amphibian expert from Guatemala, is one of seven winners of this year’s Whitley Fund for Nature Awards. Carlos wins a Whitley Award for his work to create Guatemala’s first network of protected areas for endangered amphibians. The video narrated by Sir David Attenborough, describes his work.
Inza wins a Whitley Award for his work to protect West Africa’s three most endangered primates whilst improving the welfare of local communities.
Joanna wins a Whitley Award for her work to reduce the impact of small-scale fishing on non-target marine species and encourage more sustainable fishing practices in Peru. The video narrated by Sir David Attenborough, describes her work.
Josia wins a Whitley Award for her work to conserve one of Madagascar’s most endangered species of lemur, the crowned sifaka, and increase sustainable resource use among local communities. The video narrated by Sir David Attenborough, describes her work.