It is not everyday when a photographer is honoured by an opportunity to exhibit at the Guardian headquarters in London. I was fortunate to visit this show, which was associated with the Guardian Travel Photographer of the Year award. By the sheer coincidence my image that was chosen for the exhibition is also forming a part in the new album entitled ‘ECOSYSTEMS: Complexity, diversity and Nature’s Contribution to Humanity’ we have just published at Environment Europe Press.
It is very nice to know that the book is being explored in places as far as Colombia, USA, India, Iceland, Denmark, Australia, Italy, Germany, Malaysia and other countries. Several weeks ago, coincidentally, the United Nations has announced the next decade as the UN Decade of Ecosystems Restoration, which clearly hints at the importance of the issues tackled in our album. With 60% of the global biodiversity lost since 1970 (and it was far from 100% in 1970 to start with) we need to find all possible ways to reduced our impacts on vulnerable ecosystems, both marine and land-based, make more sensible choices in our consumption and promote restoration.
The degree of our dependence on ecosystems is simply not understood very well by the general public. In this light it is very encouraging to see the reception received by the new documentary, ‘Our Planet’ recently issued by the leading environmentalist, Sir David Attenborough, which is unfortunately only available on Netflix. The recent reviews have been largely positive: Lucy Mangan (2019) Our Planet Review (Guardian) although Will Gompertz is somehow expressing skepticism regarding the viewers actually hearing the message because it is given in such a comforting manner by the most familiar voice of a great narrator of all things natural, Sir David Attenborough.
‘Cartagena. Colombia’ (c) Dr Stanislav Shmelev
Lucy Mangan (2019) Our Planet Review – Attenborough’s First Act as an Eco-Warrior, 5 April, The Guardian, https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/apr/05/our-planet-review-david-attenborough-netflix-eco-warrior-activist-bbc
Will Gompertz (2019) Will Gompertz reviews Sir David Attenborough’s Our Planet, on Netflix, 6 April 2019, BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-47793459
Shmelev S. (2019) Ecosystems: Complexity, diversity and nature’s contribution to humanity, Environment Europe Press (with texts by Joachim Spangenberg): http://stanislav.photography/ecosystems