Around the World Through the Lens of Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Aerial images from a masterful photographer and environmental crusader

Yann Arthus-Bertrand at work.

My friend Dick Needham sent me a link to “Earth from Above,” a collection of stunning images by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Do yourself a favor, click on the link and take a look. Arthus-Bertrand, whom I knew little about until I saw these images and read more about him, is one of those rare people whose life has been a succession of experiences, causes and accomplishments, any one of which would be the high point of a person’s life. His accomplishments are matched by the many honors bestowed on him. Among his numerous accomplishments, he…

  • …founded the world’s first press agency and images bank specializing in aerial photography
  • …undertook a photographic inventory of the world’s most beautiful landscapes as part of a UNESCO study on the state of the Earth (it became a book, Earth from Above in French La Terre vue du ciel) that sold over 3 million copies, was translated into 24 languages and inspired a free exhibition that traveled to 110 cities.
  • …founded GoodPlanet, an international environmental organization and set up Action Carbone to offset his own greenhouse gas emissions generated by his helicopter transports and since then has evolved to help people and companies to reduce and offset their climate impact by funding projects on renewable energies, energy efficiency and reforestation.
  • …created a television documentary series called Vu de la ciel, four two-hours documentaries focusing on the world’s main environmental stakes. Shown in France in prime time, we can only hope it comes to the US television.


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