Chris Jordan brings to light through documentary photography an issue that is easily ignored. In the earths surrounding oceans there are gyres that hold any waste that is not correctly
Recently a new study has found that millions of Tokay Geckos are being harvested more so for traditional medicines in East Asia. It was at one stage reported that Tokay Geckos were being harvested as a supposed cure for aids. But this is no longer the case. The demand for trafficking of Tokay Geckos has increased remarkably and while a lot of East Asia are breeding them in captivity the supply does not meet the demand. For a more in depth look on the study, head over to www.traffic.org.
I read a quote recently by Buzz Aldrin. He stated that we need the next generation to be the Mars generation. We need to get a colony to mars by 2030. I couldn’t disagree with this possibly any more than I actually do. Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of humans in space and think these achievements are nothing short of extraordinary. But it’s thinking like this that we cannot employ if we are to continue living on this planet for centuries to come. And not just us but also the many species we are destroying by living the way we are. We need the next generation to be the EARTH generation. We need to focus our efforts and resources solving the issues we have here first. We cannot continue down the same path and expect that everything will just be ok.
Today Berdiri collectively takes a single step towards making a difference. This is the first step of many in the hope of inspiring change and making a difference. With the launch of Berdiri now complete it’s time to think about those 2nd, 3rd and future steps that we need to take to achieve the goals of effecting change. Please help us and become an advocate of Berdiri, a volunteer, a photo journalist, an activist or even tell us about your NGO so can start sharing the stories of your amazing work from around the world.
This documentary takes a different approach. Throughout there is no commentary, but the use of simply the sound of forest destruction, factories and the silence of death make this ever more compelling. Brilliantly edited the documentary shows the tragic circumstances that surround the orangutans of Sumatra from the destruction of their habitat. Following the life and subsequent death of one displaced orangutan gives purity to message that needs to shared. Very compelling.
Perhaps one of the most moving documentaries of the last ten years is The Cove. One man Rick O’barry is trying to stop the dolphin trade he played a large part in starting. A small cove on the coast of Japan is the focal point for this documentary where an annual hunt for dolphins is held. A small selection of dolphins are sent off to water parks around the world while the rest of the dolphins are brutally slaughtered and sold to the local markets. Rick O’Barry does not hold back in his attempt to stop the Japanese from continuing this barbaric tradition. You will be empowered once you watch this documentary. A must watch.