sab16jun11:3011:30 FragileJuan Pablo Moreiras - Photograph guided tourExterior of the Cantones Centre
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Juan Pablo Moreiras – Fragile We live on a planet that has been restlessly changing for 4,500 million years, but the great environmental impact that human development is making on its
Detalles del evento
Juan Pablo Moreiras – Fragile
We live on a planet that has been restlessly changing for 4,500 million years, but the great environmental impact that human development is making on its own habitat is accelerating a growing imbalance between human beings and at the same time between them and the rest of living creatures. Human is the only animal that destroys the natural environment where he lives, thanks to his extraordinary capacity to modify it and adapt it to his needs. While reaching an overwhelming success for himself, he deeply alters its environment at great speed, even endangering his own future as a species. In his expansion he pollutes water, air and soil.
Three out of four primate species will become extinct in the next 50 years. The main cause is agriculture, followed by logging, livestock and hunting. Between 1990 and 2010, agricultural practices have consumed 1.5 million square kilometres of their habitats, three times the total area of Spain. The orangutan has lost 60% of its habitat in just two decades due to the felling for the oil palm plantation. The only way to avoid this extinction is to develop local economies in tropical countries, reduce consumption rates in developed countries and protect the forests worldwide.
Over the next few years, millions of people will be forced to leave their homes due to environmental upsets. Deforestation, drought, natural catastrophes, desertification, pollution, loss of biological diversity, unbalanced exploitation of natural resources… Too often, people live in places with a great abundance of natural resources but with unsustainable poverty rates. The exploitation of these resources by rich societies that demand them with voracity occurs irresponsibly and unfairly, and is the cause of many inequalities that cause poverty, hunger, war and ignorance.
Juan Pablo Moreiras
Juan Pablo Moreiras (Normandy, France, 1967) has photographed conservation and development projects, news, reports and corporate commissions in thirty-five countries during the last twenty-five years, with special interest in the relationship between the human being and an environment increasingly deteriorated.
He has worked on projects as diverse as the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda and Congo, Borneo orangutans and the problem of oil palm plantations, the consequences of the Sumatra tsunami, the eruption of the Soufriere volcano in Montserrat and the Nyamuragira in the Congo, Hurricane Mitch in Central America, the almost extinct Philippine crocodile, the condor in Patagonia, deforestation in the forests of Ecuador, pollution in Ukraine, Fynbos in South Africa, deer hunting in Scotland, biodiversity in Kyrgyzstan, the Black Pharaohs in Sudan or the forest fires in Galicia. He recently photographed different sustainable development and conservation projects, and the drought and poaching problem in northern Kenya, commissioned by The Northern Rangelands Trust, Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. He is currently working on a project on renewable energies.
He has published his work in magazines such as El Pais Semanal, La Vanguardia Magazine, El Mundo Magazine, XL Semanal, Time, National Geographic, Africa Geographic, Geographical, Kew Gardens Magazine, First, BBC Wildlife, Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald, L’Internazionale, Traveler, Diversity, Der Spiegel, Berliner Zeitung, Paris Match, VSD, Marie-Claire, Ciel et Space, Tusk Talk, San Diego Zoo Magazine, Interviú, Man, Travel, Altair, Paisajes desde el tren, Ronda Iberia, Siete Leguas, Quo or Muy Interesante.