How to photograph wildlife ethically

PHOTOGRAPH BY FRANS LANTING, NAT GEO IMAGE COLLECTION

Our friends at National Geographic have built a long history and stellar reputation documenting our world with captivating photographs and educational stories. As tourism numbers swell and wildlife habitat shrink — its more important than ever to respect and preserve wildlife and photos continue to be a powerful tool to communicate and achieve this.

A number of National Geographic photographers have shared their insights and experience in capturing compelling photos while maintaining an ethical respect for the animals being photographed. Its important to not let your sense of urgency or immediacy overshadow the animal’s circumstance nor impact their habitat or behaviour.

Read the full article at National Geographic.

Cars and their societal impact

There has been a long-held belief that the auto industry has a great deal to answer for in it’s impact to our communities globally. Many Western societies enjoyed fairly capable and well-servicing public transport systems across the 1950-1970s. That is, until the auto industry in partnership with steel, rubber, and mega-industrial conglomerates orchestrated a buy-out and subsequent destruction of most networks around the world.

What followed has been an expansive grid of roads and motorways that carry fewer people, in many more polluting vehicles, with much greater environmental consequence than we had mid-last last century. Sadly, with the ever expanding infrastructure, and a burgeoning new middle class in many populous countries (like India, China, and many others) — the environmental impact of the automobile is just beginning…

While this thoroughly researched and detailed article from The Atlantic is geared toward the USA experience — it is an insightful analysis of what to expect (or what has already been experienced) in many other locales. More combustion vehicles mean more carbon based emissions — simple as that. Read the article from The Atlantic — and let us know what YOU think.

A plan to reduce global warming… Project Drawdown

With so much concern regarding greenhouse gases and global warming… it seems odd… there has been no succinct plan to tackle the issue. Until now — Project Drawdown has undertaken the ambitious project of tackling climate change.

Project Drawdown is shifting the larger global conversation on climate change from “doom and gloom” to a sense of opportunity, possibility, and hope for the future. They share climate solutions with the world and collaborate with media and non-profit partners to further spread messages promoting environmentalism to global audiences.

Here is a great ~ 12 minute video overview of Project Drawdown…

Visit the Project Drawdown website for 100 solutions to reverse global warming.

Some of the highest priority solutions include:

  • Manage air conditioning refrigerants
  • Expand alternative power sources – especially wind
  • Reduce food waste & increase plant plant based diets
  • Reduce deforestation & better manage land resources
  • Enhance public transportation & shift to electric powered transport

SEE ALL SOLUTIONS BY RANK

Happy World Environment Day!

June 5th is the United Nations annual World Environment Day and the focus this year is air pollution and its impact on our environment. Get involved!

World Environment Day will see events taking place across the globe, from the official celebrations in China to your own back yard. UN will have a 24-hour live feed – full of articles, pictures and videos – will help you engage and learn from what is going on around you. Follow the feed to join the celebrations virtually and find out what people in your region are doing to #BeatAirPollution.

Check out the video or for more details — visit: World Environment Day

Our environment = Our life

Thanks for visiting. CentroProEco provides ecology, sustainability, environmental education and exchange to inspire others to preserve, restore and protect our natural environment. Working together… we CAN make a difference!

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” ~ Nelson Mandela

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