I first learned of this book on Twitter and pledged on Cooper’s Kickstarter page. While the Kickstarter campaign didn’t reach its target, many people – including myself – elected to support him directly and my copy of Images From A Warming Planet arrived this morning.
It wrecked my day’s schedule, as, overwhelmed by Cooper’s photography skills, I looked at over 500 photos, read the illuminating text and wrote this review.
In carefully curated sections, Cooper shares his thirteen-year, round-world odyssey. Each photo is stunning, though occasionally it is easy to forget the premise of the book until you read the, often heartbreaking, words.
However, in many cases, we see clear natural devastation: felled trees, desiccated lands, dead animals and polluted waterways.
Further pictures show the impact of climate change and pollution on humanity: destroyed homes, sick and displaced people and the loss (physical not metaphorical) of land.
Expect incredible portraits of the industry that gives so much with one hand while helping us destroy our home with the other.
Its hard not to appreciate the beauty shown in cooling towers, processing plants and wind turbines.
In his introduction, Jonathan Porritt entreats us not to flick through the book, but Cooper is cleverer than that. Of course, we will browse this coffee table style book and, in doing so, we will be caught up in incontrovertible evidence that we are changing our planet. Even if these changes are not yet evident from the comfort of our armchairs.