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10/11/2004 08:24:00 AM | Nick

A Break from the Debates: The Rest of the World

The Earth From Above is a Godfrey-Reggio-esque exhibit by the wonderful photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand. It's been touring Europe the past 3 years (and is currently in Vienna) with its huge, sweeping aerial shots ranging from the pompous Yankee Stadium in New York to a humble Muslim fishing village in the middle of the seas of the Philippines. As the exhibit tells us:
We recommend you read the accompanying captions, each of them written by an expert on sustainable development. The light they shed on individual photographs reveals the essence of their worth - that of a precisely documented testimony on the state of the Earth, a heritage both beautiful and fragile we must all endeavour to preserve.
After all, it's hard NOT to be pro-environment when you've got stunning photos like this to back you up, with the caption:
After having been invaded by Iraq in August 1990, Kuwait was finally liberated on February 28, 1991, when a coalition of 28 countries headed by the United States intervened on January 17th. During the Gulf War, a million impoverished uranium munitions will get fired. This particularly dense by-product of the nuclear industry can pierce through the tank's armour plating. When exploding, each uranium shell releases toxic dust in the air. This contamination, which is said to be the cause of the "Gulf" and "Balkan" Syndrome, also prevents anyone from approaching the 1400 irakian abandoned tanks in the desert to recycle certain pieces. The world budget for military expenditures for the year 2000 was more than $798 billion; the United States, western Europe, Japan, and Australia alone accounted for $517 billion. This same group of countries, which also make up the Aid and Development Committee, in 2000 provided public assistance for the development of the poorest nations to the tune of $53.7 billion, or roughly one-tenth of its global military expenditure.
I encourage you all to check it out here, enjoy some illustrated pro-evironment reading, and download some of it for your desktop wallpapers -- it's all delightfully bad-ass.



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