Earth from the Air

This post will start a series of short articles paying tribute to some of the greatest environmental photographers this world has ever seen. We will start with one of the most known, Yann Arthus Bertrand. His book, ‘The Earth from the Air‘ and the accompanying exhibition, which initially started at Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris has been viewed by more than 120 mln visitors in places from Oxford to Rio de Janeiro.

The book starts with a call for a new ‘Eco-Economy’, which is essentially ecological economics, the field I have devoted all my energy to over the past 18 years. Subsequent chapters of the book explore such important issues as ‘World Population and the Environment’, ‘Urban Landscapes, Landscape of Urbanism’, ‘Farmers of the World: The Price of Our Future’, ‘Water: Humanity’s Heritage’, ‘Biodiversity: A Question of Survival’, ‘A Plea for the Seas’, ‘Changing Climates’, ‘Renewable Energy’, ‘Toward a Sustainable Development’, ‘What do we do?

The scope and the ambition behind the book are absolutely breathtaking as are the images that Arthus-Bertrand has produced. The image I have chosen to feature here, ‘Detail of the Thjorsa River, Iceland’ is depicting the longest river in Iceland, that is carrying a lot of organic and mineral substance to the ocean, which gives it this special colour. Yann Arthus-Bertrand praises the the efforts of Iceland to convert its entire economy to renewable energy (hydro and geothermal), the share of which has now reached 85%.

The new edition could be purchased on Amazon:


Yann Arthus Bertrand (1999) The Earth from the Air, Thames and Hudson


Image (c) Yann Arthus-Bertrand


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