The world’s in our hands. In the biosphere, the atmosphere, the hydrosphere and the cryosphere (ice-covered areas at high latitudes or altitudes), humans are the dominant drivers of change. Scientists understand this–but public awareness lags far behind.
At James Balog Photography and Earth Vision Institute, we innovatively combine art and science to explore a changing planet and inspire transformative social action today.
In much of the world, the natural environment of just a couple generations ago (not to mention centuries or millennia ago) differed profoundly from the environment we experience today. Similarly, much of what we see now see in the wild vanish by the time our children’s children walk the earth. In arctic and alpine regions, glaciers can disappear in hours or days–with not a single human present to witness the change, let alone preserve a memory of what is gone. When these metaphorical trees in the forest fall and no one is there to hear, a collective “natural amnesia” sets in.
Compounding this amnesia, social and technological trends are separating people from nature more and more all the time.
Marrying still photographs, video, and film with the written word and other media, we hope that our work is an antidote to natural amnesia. We preserve a visual record of fast-changing landscapes and critically endangered animals and plants and then disseminate this record to the global public using all available forums, including the Internet, electronic and print media, public presentations, and educational resources created for classrooms.