"A Climate for Life" Exhibit Opens at California Academy of Sciences
San Francisco, CA – A visually arresting look at the impacts
of climate in remote places rarely seen by most people is the focus of a new
photo exhibition entitled A Climate for Life: Meeting the Global
Challenge opening at the California Academy of Sciences on January 17.
A collaboration of Conservation International (CI) and the International
League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), the exhibit will run through April
12, 2009. It includes more than 50 fine art prints produced on canvas using the
giclée printing process. In addition to the exhibit, the Academy will host a
lecture on Feb. 3 at 7 pm in the Herbst Forum entitled “The Art of
Conservation,” with ILCP Executive Director Cristina Mittermeier and CI Senior
Director Michael Totten, both lead authors of the accompanying book, also
entitled A Climate For Life: Meeting the Global Challenge.
In the book’s foreword, Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson and actor Harrison
Ford, state, “This is the central message of A Climate for Life – the global
environment cannot be stabilized and restored piece-by-piece and step-by-step.
Its deterioration has to halt on all fronts, through intelligent and concerted
action, with linkages to the parts given the same attention as to the parts
The photo exhibit includes images representing a diverse global perspective
of the impacts of climate change. The photographers and authors explore the
issues relating to climate change, and the book presents a clear plan of action.
Adoption of the recommendations that span policy, technology, and market
innovations could stimulate the global economy while providing for the
well-being and security of humanity. It shows that alleviating climate change
can grow economies rather than stifle them.
Some key points:
- Climate destabilization poses a catastrophic long-term threat to
Deforestation and degradation of tropical forests each year is
responsible for 20 to 25 percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions (more
than from all the world's cars, trucks, planes, ships and railroads
- Any effort to mitigate climate change must account for the emissions from
tropical forest deforestation.
- This book offers a range of solutions for stabilizing the world's climate
- The photo exhibit is made up of photos taken from the more than 175
photographs provided by ILCP for the book, including images from world-class
talents including noted wildlife photographer Frans Lanting, glacier
photographer James Balog, and endangered species photographer Joel Sartore. The
images are a powerful compliment to the science.
Recently featured in National Geographic, the ILCP is a non-profit
organization that uses the power of the world’s best photographs to help educate
the world and to further conservation goals.
“The ILCP was created to give conservation photographers the power to place
their images in the court of public opinion as irrefutable evidence of the
threats facing our planet and the consequences to humans, economies and
ecosystems,” says Cristina Mittermeier.
The book, A Climate for Life: Meeting the Global Challenge, is
published in partnership with CI, the ILCP and CEMEX. It is the 16th book in
CEMEX’s Conservation Book Series begun in 1993 to inspire and raise awareness
for the conservation of nature. The books are developed in partnership with
recognized global non-profits such as CI, BirdLife International and the World
Conservation Union (IUCN).
Conservation International (CI) applies innovations in
science, economics, policy and community participation to protect the Earth’s
richest regions of plant and animal diversity and demonstrate that human
societies can live harmoniously with nature. Founded in 1987, CI works in more
than 40 countries on four continents to help people find economic alternatives
without harming their natural environments. For more information about CI, visit
The California Academy of Sciences is home to Steinhart
Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium, Kimball Natural History Museum, and world-class
research and education programs – all under one living roof. From the splashing
penguins in African Hall to the wildflowers on the roof, the building is
bursting with life. A four-story living rainforest and awe-inspiring coral reef
ecosystem will delight visitors of all ages, while interactive space shows will
transport audiences beyond the boundaries of our planet.
Opportunities abound to meet Academy scientists, share in their discoveries,
and join the journey to make our world a greener, more sustainable place to
live. Admission to the Academy is: $24.95 for adults; $19.95 for youth ages 12
to 17, Seniors ages 65+ and students with valid ID; $14.95 for children ages
seven to 11; and free for children ages six and younger. The Academy is free to
the public on the third Wednesday of each month. Admission fees include all
exhibits and shows. Hours are 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Saturday, and 11:00 am
– 5:00 pm on Sunday. The Academy is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
www.calacademy.org. (415) 379-8000.
California Academy of Sciences
Phone: (703) 341-2601
Use of A Climate for Life photos must be accompanied with
photographer credit. Photos from the exhibit can be downloaded here.