Last December, world, corporate, and environmental leaders from around the globe met in Paris for COP21. Together, they sought to create some sense of order amidst the chaos humans have engendered because of our dependence on fossil fuels with an agreement that lays the groundwork for international cooperation on addressing and mitigating against climate change. As aspirational as this document is, I believe that its long-term successful implementation will be in great part due to the contributions of conservation photographers from around the world who strive tirelessly to document the state of our planet. How can this be?
Well, we know for a fact that the average person is not going to wade through dense reports analyzing years of rising CO2 levels. Because let’s face it, though they are critical for providing scientific proof of climate change, they are not exactly thrilling reading for most of us. And yet, successful conservation depends on humans changing their behavior, and change at a scale large enough to have any real impact on climate change is going to take action by millions of everyday people – folks like you and me who aren’t likely to read those reports.
So how can we best educate global audiences about the chaos we are imposing on the beautiful, complex, and inherent order of nature? Whether on the web, television, or in print – it is only through still and video imagery that people can best understand what is happening to our planet.
This is where the International League of Conservation Photographers comes in. Our league comprises an elite international cadre of wildlife, nature and culture photographers, each of whom has demonstrated a deep commitment to saving the special species and places that grace our planet.
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