Friday Photo: To Get Perspective, Sometimes You’ve Got To Get Up High

Photo courtesy Cristina Mittermeier, iLCP

EP has joined up with the iLCP, a group of internationally renowned photographers to take part in a RAVE (Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition) in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest. Home to white spirit bears, ancient forests, and stunning marine biodiversity, it is one of the planet’s most priceless treasures, but overseas oil interests wanting access to western Canada’s tar sands, the second largest known oil reserves in the world, have put the region in threat, prompting the action of conservation groups and the iLCP. Throughout the expedition we’ll be bringing you profiles, stories, statistics and photos to learn more about the region and why it’s so crucial that we all work to protect it. Please follow along on the EP blog, on Facebook and Twitter.

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How do you get someone to care about a place that they’ve never been? A place they may never visit? You have to show them. You have to give them that sense of place.

For the last week, we’ve been in the Great Bear Rainforest on the wild North Coast of British Columbia.

It’s a place so pristine and so rich with biodiversity. It’s abundantly clear that this place is special. And that’s just from the ground. Once you get up in the air, the Great Bear sprawls out beneath you.

Now imagine a pipeline cutting through it. And giant oil tankers pushing through the blue water below displacing whales, seals and fishermen. Now imagine oil spreading across the landscape just like the aerial images we saw in the Gulf (right).

Sometimes it just takes a change in perspective to see that it’s not worth it. It’s not worth the risk. We have too much to lose. And too much to save.

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~ by epicocity on September 10, 2010.

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