A Climate For Life Exhibit Opens


"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 themselves.” 

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 humanity.
    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 combined).
  • 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 right now.
  • 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 www.conservation.org.

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.
Media Contacts:

Helen Taylor
California Academy of Sciences
Phone: (415) 379-5128
E-mail: htaylor@calacademy.org

Lisa Bowen
Conservation International
Phone: (703) 341-2601
E-mail: lbowen@conservation.org


Use of A Climate for Life photos must be accompanied with photographer credit.  Photos from the exhibit can be downloaded here.

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