Louie Schwartzberg’s lengthy career has been dedicated to capturing the beauty of nature using pioneering time-lapse techniques that take us on journeys through time and scale. As beautiful as these images are, they also come with a deeper purpose. “Beauty is nature’s tool for survival,” Louie is often quoted as saying, “we protect what we love.” He shares his films to encourage audiences to not only see what’s beautiful about the world around us, but to also encourage its protection. This makes last week’s Earth Day and this week’s Arbor Day especially important here at Gratitude Revealed and Moving Art.
Last Friday was Earth Day, where we shared with you an interview with Sean Watkins from GreenFaith, an interfaith organization dedicated to protecting the environment and fighting climate change. But we weren’t the only ones sharing Louie’s message and mission on Earth Day.
Racing Extinction posted a photograph on their Instagram from Louie’s presentation at the Vatican last December, which you can see in the video above. For more information on that presentation, we did an interview with Louie after the event.
The #RacingExtinction team has always believed in working with all communities – whether it is engaging the people of Lamakera, empowering individuals to adapt their personal behaviors or discussing change with legislators across the U.S. With that ideal in mind, we have partnered with Interfaith Power & Light this #EarthDay to engage faith communities across the country in the fight to end mass extinction.
OWNTVFans (not affiliated with, but supported by, Gratitude Revealed partner OWN) explicitly promoted Louie’s mission in their own Earth Day post.
— OWNTVFans (@OWNTVFans) April 22, 2016
PeaceCast.TV compiled a video for Earth Day which includes clips from Louie’s coming film Fantastic Fungi, as well as Louie’s TED talk on the Hidden Beauty of Pollination.
Finally, Louie shared one of the videos he created with Lyn Lear for the UN Summit, entitled “What’s Possible” and narrated by Morgan Freeman.
Spreading our mission cannot stop here. Tomorrow is Arbor Day, another celebration of the wonderful gift nature gives to each and every one of us: life. In the spirit of these holidays, we ask that you also spread our mission, enjoy our images, and protect our planet.