Personal Message from Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Photographer and Founding President, GoodPlanet.org, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador
We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, to avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth’s climate. The stakes are high for us and our children. We have no time to lose. I have been nurturing this film for more than fifteen years. What I saw and learnt as I flew over the Earth has changed me for ever. Today I want to share what I have experienced throughout these journeys. I believe that we have the collective wisdom to find a solution. The film will be aired for free on 5 June – World Environment Day – on the internet, on TV and in thousands of movie theatres around the world.
I would like this movie to become your movie. Share it and act!
Artist’s synopsis of HOME:
In 200, 000 years, humans have disrupted the fragile balance on which Earth was living for 4 billion years. Global warming, shortage of resources, endangered species: humans are jeopardizing their own living conditions. By the end of the century, the relentless consumption will have exhausted almost all of our planet’s natural resources. But it is too late to be pessimistic: we have barely 10 years left to reverse the trend. We need to become aware of our abusive exploitation of Earth’s gifts and change our way of life.
HOME is a travel notebook, showing landscapes captured from a bird’s eye view above. This film calls for a new awareness, inviting the viewer to stop for a moment in order to look at our planet and realize how we treat her treasures and her beauty.
HOME Global Premiere Update
The Global Premiere on 5 June for World Environment Day now features major screenings in exceptional metropolitan sites with a star-studded attendance. From beneath the Eiffel Tower in Paris with Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Luc Besson and Francois Henri Pinault, to New York’s Central Park with Glenn Close, to Marousi at Golden Hall in Athens, HOME will bring the world together to honor this landmark day and inspire on-going commitment to environmental issues. Oh Se-Hoon, the Mayor of Seoul, will also attend at that locale.
108 territories booked so far!
Including: Bonn (with UNRIC); Brussels (CINEONU @ International Press Centre); Amsterdam (Dutch Film Festival - Strawberry Earth); Lillehammer (free screening at the Municipal Cinema); Turin (Massimo Theater with Cinemambiente); Musée Océanographique de Monaco; Normal University (Beijing); Lausanne (UNEP); Hanoi (French Cultural Center); Phnom Penh (at Huan Sen Square); Espoo in Finland (at the City Hall); Moscow; Saint-Petersburg; Sochi; London; Bristol; Edinburgh, and more . . .
UNEP-GRID Office in Geneva will project the Home film on Sunday 7 June at 8 pm in Geneva and Switzerland for the closure of the Sustainable Development Festival. This is a joint event with the State of Geneva.
The premiere in Copenhagen will take place at Kongens Nytorv, Copenhagen from 11:00 – 17:00 on 5 June 2009.
The screening is a joint event arranged by the European Environment Agency and the six United Nations agencies located in Denmark. In August, the Danish Film Institute in Copenhagen (Cinemateket) will show multiple screenings of HOME along with special presentations organised by the European Environment Agency".
Yann Arthus-Bertrand is a passionate artist and photographer, and an advocate of nature protection and sustainable development. His “Earth Seen from Above” series, an exhibit of large-scale aerial photography, explores the link between man and nature and encourages viewers to think of the evolution of our planet and the fate of its inhabitants. The exhibit premiered in Paris in 2000 to unprecedented success and went on to travel to cities around the world; by 2008 it had reached over 130 million people on every continent. For his exhibition, “6 Billion Others,” he captured testimonials of the lives of some 6,000 people in more than 65 countries in the form of film vignettes.
Through his environmental NGO, GoodPlanet.org, established in 2005, Mr. Arthus-Bertrand collaborated with the French Ministries of Education and Environment in the production of 22 educational posters on sustainable development featuring his aerial photos. The posters were distributed for free to all schools in France while the project continued for two years focusing on the themes of biodiversity (2007) and energy (2008).