The story of The Little Mermaid was written over 180 years, in 1836, when Danish author Hans Christian Andersen wrote it. However, the best-known version of the story is probably the Disney movie from 1989. Continue reading »
For the past five years, Thirza Schaap has been creating delicate sculptures out of plastic debris from beaches on the South African coastline. The artist, who divides her time between Cape Town and Amsterdam, has named the project Plastic Ocean. Continue reading »
Church Forests of Ethiopia: Photographer Captures the Amazing Phenomenon of the Ethiopian Spiritual Community
The latest book from Kieran Dodds (previously featured) reveals how spiritual ideas nurture sustainable landscapes in a time of ecological crisis. As one of the fastest expanding economies in the world, Ethiopia faces environmental pressures. In Amhara province, the last native forests surround church buildings and have been protected for centuries as miniature Gardens of Eden. Continue reading »
“The Future Forest”: A Group of Activists Were Made A Forest Out Of 3 Tons Of Plastic In Mexico City
According to Thomas Dambo: “The people working with collecting our trash, are neither ranked highest on the income scale or in the social pyramid. I believe it’s a shame, because the people who handle our trash, are the heroes that make sure we don’t drown in it, and the ones who ensure we recycle just a fragment of our enormous daily waste.” Continue reading »
Mira Petrova is a Bulgarian artist who cares about nature, animals, and the environment. She wishes for a zero-waste-life, however, in some cases she finds it very hard. So, together with her boyfriend, she decided to think more about the waste they are producing. Continue reading »
“My name is Baptiste Drausin, a.k.a. The Baptman, and I’m a self-taught artist. I grew up with pop culture, and I love to use it. I’m particularly a fan of DC comics. When I began to draw in 2017, I did a mashup with two characters from pop culture. Now I use them to talk about ecology issues. Check my illustrations out, and take a look at my Instagram for more of my content.” Continue reading »
It wouldn’t be a surprise to hear that the topics of sustainability and the environment have been quite prominent in the media during the last couple of years. Most of us are aware of the excess pollution in nature caused by humankind and the kind of effect it has on the plants, animals, nature, and the planet overall. Continue reading »
A new landmark has appeared in Riga. On one of the walls of Turgenev Street stands a huge black fox. This installation is made of a metal frame and broken hemp ropes by a student of the Latvian Academy of Art as part of an eco-action. Continue reading »
9 Artists Teamed Up To Create Art And Raise Money For Non-Profit Organizations In Hopes Of Raising Awareness Of Important Issues Our Planet Is Facing
According to Andreas Häggkvist: “Hi, I’m Andy, an artist who has always had a passion for using creativity as a way to make a change, even to the point that I’ve made it my whole life. As long as I have been an artist, each and every artwork I’ve made has told a story and focused on raising awareness about an issue the world is facing. Continue reading »
Images of a jumping spider, an elusive gecko and battling birds are among a selection of amazing photos to have been picked in this year’s British Ecological Society photography competition. The overall winner of the competition is an image of a flying dalmatian pelican by Alwin Hardenbol. Hardenbol said he took thousands of pictures trying to perfect the shot.
“I gave this image the title ‘The art of flight’ because of how impressive this bird’s wings appear in the picture, you can almost see the bird flying in front of you despite it being a still image,” Hardenbol said.
Overall winner: The Art of Flight by Alwin Hardenbol (University of Eastern Finland). A panning shot of a Dalmatian pelican in flight. The picture was taken on Lake Kerkini in Greece. (Photo by Alwin Hardenbol/2020 British Ecological Society Photography Competition) Continue reading »
To Warn On Ecological Disaster, French Artist Prefers To Have The Message Carried By Disney Characters
In his drawings, French illustrator Baptiste Drausin, aka The Baptman delivers an updated version of the famous films, bringing environmental issues to the fore. We can see Mary Poppins drowned in a cloud of pollution, the Little Mermaid strangled by plastic waste or even Bambi in a completely decimated forest… Tinged with sadness, these illustrations break the fate of these iconic characters to raise awareness of the urgency to act for the planet. Continue reading »
Plastic waste is one of the biggest environmental issues we’re facing as a society, but that’s not stopping major supermarket chains from packaging their products in the most pointless ways. These wasteful attempts range from baffling to downright hilarious, and there’s an entire Instagram page devoted to them. Continue reading »
The winning images, taken by international ecologists and students, celebrate the diversity of ecology; capturing flora and fauna from across the planet. Subjects range from the hypnotic textures of a birch forest, to a three-toed sloth making its way across a road, to a Southern white rhinoceros receiving its annual horn trimming to help protect it from poachers.
On his winning image, Roberto, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Valencia, said: “Unfortunately, many areas of Madagascar are suffering huge anthropic pressures including poaching and fires, and big snakes are becoming increasingly difficult to see. During my visit to Madagascar, I had the pleasure of finding this outstanding snake and photographing it. To offer a dramatic scenario reflecting the conditions that these snakes are suffering, I used an external red light as a source of light and severe blurring to capture the environment.”
The Art of Ecology category winner: For the love of Flamingos by Peter Hudson (Penn State University), taken over Lake Magadi, Kenya. “A flock of flamingos fly high over Lake Magadi in a heart shape. Flamingos are all legs and necks but at the same time graceful and fascinating and I admit I have a deep passion for them, so I was thrilled when, flying high over Lake Magadi, I watched this flock form themselves in to a heart shape”. (Photo by Peter J. Hudson/2019 British Ecological Society Photography Competition) Continue reading »
The Winning Photos From The CIWEM Environmental Photographer Of The Year 2019, An International Showcase For The Very Best In Environmental Photography
The CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year showcases the very best in environmental photography. Highlighting the terrible impacts being wrought on our planet by its most dominant species the competition also celebrates humanity’s innate ability to survive and innovate, lending hope to us all that we can overcome challenges to live sustainably. The competition supports the urgent calls to action of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and recognises the intricate interconnected nature of development, poverty reduction, equality, security and climate action and the unprecedented effort from all sectors of society needed to tackle the defining issues of our time.
High Tide Enters Home by SL Shanth Kumar, Mumbai. Environmental photographer of the year: A huge wave lashes at a shanty, throwing a fisherman out of his home in Bandra, Mumbai, India. He is pulled in by the strong currents but was rescued by fellow fishermen before the sea could swallow him. Mumbai is at risk of coastal flooding, a fallout of climate change. The city’s land and sea temperatures have been rising, causing an corresponding impact on the sea level. (Photo by SL Shanth Kumar/CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2019) Continue reading »
It should be one of the main goals in today’s society to reduce plastic consumption and to educate people on the environmental and global changes and problems that we are currently facing. Even though many of us believe that recycling will solve the problem, and continue using plastic, it is actually the complete opposite. Continue reading »
At the beginning there are ads that display beautiful products, so people buy them. But there is also a dark side. Trash that is left behind it. Members of the eco-project Ekoista (based in Slovakia) decided to clean their forest from that trash and here is what they’ve found. Continue reading »
Despite the historical presence of public water fountains in most of the large cities of the world, city inhabitants still hesitate to drink that “street water” and prefer to buy a plastic bottle, which is pollutive. Continue reading »
Overall winner. Stand Out From the Crowd, photographed on Marion Island (Prince Edward Islands). An adult king penguin is surrounded by chicks at a large breeding colony. Populations of the species inhabiting Subantarctic islands face an uncertain future, as climate change threatens to shift oceanic fronts where the animals feed, pushing them further away from breeding sites. (Photo by Chris Oosthuizen/University of Pretoria/British Ecological Society) Continue reading »
The British Ecological Society has announced the winners of its annual photography competition, Capturing Ecology. Taken by international ecologists and students, the winning images will be exhibited at the society’s joint annual meeting in Ghent in December.
This year’s overall winner is Christopher Beirne, from the University of Exeter and Crees Foundation, with his image of an ocelot taking advantage of human-made nature trails to stalk its prey in Peru. (Photo by Christopher Beirne/University of Exeter and Crees Foundation/British Ecological Society) Continue reading »