Because numbers are boring.

Our summers and winters keep getting warmer

There’s more carbon dioxide in our atmosphere than any time in human history

Average wildlife populations have dropped by 60 per cent in just over 40 years

They are all scary facts, but hard to quantify.

I don’t think this summer was warmer than last.

I don’t suffer any adverse effects from CO2.

I have not seen a 60 percent drop in wildlife (though arguably I’m not over 40 either).

No one is to blame for thinking like this. Most people, myself included, find it hard to process data like this.

The problem is, this is one of the biggest reasons so little is being done to tackle climate change.

Over the last decade, Sir David Attenborough documentaries have done an astounding job of both documenting our natural world, and also the rate in which we’re destroying it.

These documentaries, and similar works by others, have helped drive a wave of awareness to climate issues.

People are shocked, and in doing so have become more engaged and likely to take action.

Paradise camp fire California before and after

Satellite images of Paradise, California taken before (2017 top) and after (2018 bottom) the 2018 Camp Fire (Google Maps).

Rondônia in western Brazil deforestation before and after

Satellite images of Rondônia in western Brazil, taken in 1975 (left) and 2009 (right). (NASA, Images of Change)

Alaska's Columbia Glacier before and after

Alaska’s Columbia Glacier, seen on July 28, 1986, and July 2, 2014. (NASA, Images of Change)

Shocked?

Me too.

It’s not all bad news though.

Ozone health  before and after

Change in Ozone health 1970 to 2013 (NASA Earth Observatory)

US air pollution before and after

Images show concentrations of nitrogen dioxide in 2005 and 2011, from low (blue) to high (red). (NASA, Images of Change)

Images of destruction inspire us to change.

Images of improvements inspire us to continue.

Like these before and after photos, we believe our historical and current 360-degree records of the natural world will inspire you to take action.

Become a Trekker

We’re always inspired by applicants to our Trekker (camera loan) program. You should apply to capture a current record of your favourite environments for future generations to look back on.

David Greenwood

Adventurer