-- Award-Winning Photographer Henry Dallal Focuses on Climate Change Talks, With A Little Help from Michael Douglas, Ed Norton, Yoko Ono, and Ban Ki-moon
NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In a stunning, timely new book that captures the art, science, and diversity of climate change negotiations, award-winning photographer Henry Dallal aims to humanize an arduous, largely-behind-the-scenes process and rally the world towards a global agreement. The official October 14th release of Addressing Climate Change: An Illustrated Biography of the Annual United Nations Climate Change Conference (Gilgamesh Publishing) is being supported by a series of high-profile, eco-friendly launch events later this month in New York during the upcoming United Nations Climate Summit and General Assembly, including a major photo exhibit at the UN and a dinner/discussion at the Hearst Tower, New York's first LEED-certified corporate building.
Academy Award-winning actor Michael Douglas, actor Ed Norton, artist Yoko Ono, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and Chair of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Dr. R K Pachauri, are among those who have endorsed the book and its inspiring approach.
According to Michael Douglas, "By focusing his sharp lens on the negotiators, the activists, and the scientists, Henry Dallal shows us that climate change not only represents a monumental threat, but an unprecedented opportunity to resolve crises peacefully, through dialogue."
Addressing Climate Change is drawn from tens of thousands of photos taken during the COP18 and COP19 UN climate change negotiations, where Dallal—a landscape photographer who has been commissioned for official portrait photographs of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and other Royals—led a team of international photographers who were granted unprecedented and unlimited behind-the-scenes access. These photos now represent the first inside look at the never-before-seen drama as international leaders from governments, civil society, academia and business make significant progress towards a universal climate change agreement.
"It was amazing to witness first-hand the thousands upon thousands of dedicated, hard-working individuals from all across the globe—from world leaders, to Nobel scientists, to indigenous people and young activists—all working together day and night for the same important goal," says Dallal. "This book reflects how all of these voices and perspectives are integrated into this truly unique process for progress on this global challenge."
Prominent environmental activist and actor Ed Norton adds, "This book celebrates those who have dedicated their lives to addressing the seemingly impossible challenge of crafting international policy on this issue and should motivate the rest of us to take part in one of the most critical issues facing our generation."
"Love is powerful in all things," says musician, artist, and activist Yoko Ono. "It is powerful in this beautiful book of photos. (Love) is a word that makes things come together, grow and expand. Now we are in a position as a global community to come together and build a better future. Let's do it right. I know we will."
And UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who contributes a foreword to the book, notes, "This collection of photographs sheds light on the important work taking place within this collaborative arena."
All proceeds of Addressing Climate Change's sales are being donated to non-profit initiatives that help to address climate issues at a grassroots level, including Reach Out to Asia and others.
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About Addressing Climate Change
During the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (commonly referred to as "COP18") in 2012, a team of international photographers was for the first time given unlimited behind-the-scenes access to the event - an unprecedented opportunity to capture the inner workings of the complicated and high stakes negotiations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help nations adapt to the impacts of global climate change such as rising sea levels, threats to food production and loss of biodiversity.
Led by renowned photographer Henry Dallal, they captured the drama as international leaders from governments, civil society, academia and business negotiated a critical package of agreements known as the "Doha Climate Gateway" and made significant progress towards the universal agreement that will be brought to Paris in 2015. Drawn from tens of thousands of images from both COP18 and COP19, the book celebrates leaders from government, civil society, academia, NGOs and youth organizations who continue to drive progress under the framework of the UN to reach a global agreement on the future of our common home.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and COP18 President H.E. Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah have each provided essays as forewords. The book concludes with a serious look at the challenge ahead by IPCC Chair and Nobel Laureate Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri.
About Henry Dallal
Award-winning photographer Henry Dallal has built a reputation for creating photographic books of rare beauty. His previous works include Desert Pageantry, The Royal Cavalry of Oman; Horse Warriors: India's 61st Cavalry; Diamond Jubilee Pageant: The World came to Windsor and Pageantry and Performance, The Household Cavalry, in a Celebration of Pictures. He has contributed to several other books including: Horses; Horse Gunners; Endurance; Magic of Monaco and Flowers in the Park.
Henry's work has been exhibited widely including at the Smithsonian Institution, Naples Museum of Art, the Guildhall and Windsor Castle. He has also been honored to photograph HM Queen Elizabeth II as well as other senior world figures.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Member of the Alpine Club. He is a board member of the Hamdan International Photography Award (HIPA). More on http://henrydallalphotography.com
SOURCE Gilgamesh Publishing