The International Year of Forests

2011: The International Year of Forests. Did you know it was? Cos I sure didn’t. Not until I saw this beautiful photo exhibition behind the Louvre.

“Forests cover a third of the Earth’s surface. They are home to over half of terrestrial species and hundreds of millions of human beings. Forests provide part of one in four people’s incomes. For 7 billion people, most of the world’s population, forests are resources for the food they eat, the air they breathe and the medicines they consume. And yet, forests remain unknown and and wrongly loved. And most of all, they are in danger.”
http://www.offorestsandmen.org/en/presentation

This photo exhibition is part of the Good Planet organisation’s initiative to make people aware of the importance of protecting our forests.

The exhibition started in Geneva, Switzerland and is traveling around the world. I cannot for the life of me find where it will be when, so I can only hope it will come to Brisbane. But if you want to see the photos, they are available here.  

Photographers involved in this initiative include: Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Marc Dozier, Jurgen Freund, Olivier Grunewald, Olivier Jobard, Frans Lanting, Jason Lee, Michel Loup, Colin Monteath, Rolf Nussbaumer, Louis-Marie Préau, Laurent Pyot, Cyril Ruoso, Jean-Claude Teyssier, Pierre de Vallombreuse, Floris Van Breugel, Patrick Wallet, Art Wolfe and Christian Ziegler.

Exciting news for blooming photographers is that they are also running a photo contest, so now there’s a planet friendly reason to get snap happy.

Here’s some photos I took at the exhibition. Apologies for the quality,  I was hoping to find better ones on-line :p

Nattyo

reality's a lovely place, but I wouldn't want to live there
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