August 19' Monthly Selects

 
The World is on Fire. Image: Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion Island.

The World is on Fire.
Image: Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion Island.

This month recap is a little different

Don't matter spectacular places or journey notes, will get to that later, climate changes matters, our planet is what really matters.

If you followed the latest news, the Amazon Rainforest is set on fire. On top of that Siberia, Indonesia, Greenland, The Canary Islands, and Alaska forests are on fire too. (Source)

One of the reasons for the fires is deforestation, and that is a massive issue. Not only because it produces nearly 10 percent of global carbon emissions. It's also responsible for a major loss of wildlife on earth. And lastly, it is used to generate even more carbon emissions, cattle ranching, mainly beef, and agriculture to feed that livestock, only to send that food to fast-food restaurants around the globe, EU and USA are a big portion in that deal.

Well, I think by now we know, that model doesn't work. This is our irresponsibility, and the worse of all, it seems no one cares.

Hey! Don't lose hope, don't give up.
Earth needs us, and 
these five things are hopeful. 


On top of that, every action we do, it does make the difference, going to list a few here, but hey, these are not the only ones.

  • It's important what we eat, of course, the easy to say would be to become vegan, let's start small, try to avoid fast-food meat, processed beef and chicken products. I think it's something we can all do.

  • Whenever possible choose walking, biking or public transportation over a car. And if you need a car, start a carpool.

  • Support arts, science, and other projects that raise awareness. And let's help each other educating on these issues, share with friends, talk about it.

  • Vote for those who offer solutions, sign petitions, demand actions.

  • Lastly, donate something to and NGO of your choice. (Ideas: 1% For The Planet, Rainforest Trust, Rainforest Alliance)

Don't underestimate the power of a community,
we can make a difference.
And we only have one planet, our planet.

As I said at the beginning, this month is different, let's start with


INSIGHTFUL WORDS

Another Escape: The Water Volume

This volume shares incredibly inspiring stories from people who are deeply connected to water. Whether ocean or rivers all these stories encourage me, and maybe you to think about the health of our rivers, lakes, and oceans, how to protect them, and most importantly, how to become inspired by them, be in contact with them.

Do you live in Madrid? You can borrow my copy! Simply reply to this email.


BITS OF INSPIRATION

ARTIFISHAL

This is a film for the future of wild fish around the globe, in particular about wild salmon, and how it can be extinct.
I can only be thankful for sharing the knowledge and help me to be conscious whenever I crave for sushi.

Watch these two short films to understand the issue, inspiring what these people are doing for us.


JOURNEY NOTES

WEST COAST

By reading the field notes, I now, remember how bad this weather was, I laugh reading notes and feel how frustrated I was in this coast, day after day, rain non-stop and I simply wanted to capture the raw beauty of this coast. There's always something to learn, and honestly, the weather doesn't affect my mood anymore, it's something we can fight against, so deal with it.

48H OF ARTHUR'S PASS

Arthur's Pass was nothing but an incredible place, we hadn't read much about it, nor seen it on guides, yet it had us in awe, even though we had a day where nothing could be seen, and we couldn't do much but drive around. The day after it's landscape blew my mind, most pristine areas I visited.

Chamonix Timelapse 4K

In this short film, you'll be taken to the Chamonix Valley and the beauty of the alps. Having visited this area before it was the time to capture, in a form of Timelapse, the motion of the valley.

Finally, I got more into video and I released this first timelapse, I hope you like it, as part of something different.

Amazing Places

Bardenas Reales, Pamplona, Spain

Bardenas Reales, Pamplona, Spain

It's been a while since I had this place on my list, yet it was a short visit, totally worthy.

Even though couldn't do sunrise or sunset due to regulations this place deserves more time and definitely a fantastic one for abstract images from top-down. 

These images were taken while in there if you are close or passing by, do not skip it.


Stay tuned for a full blog, as well as many more images on my Instagram.


If there's one thing you take from this monthly recap, I hope it's how important our planet and its ecosystems are, adjusting our eating habits is very important, we need to take care of the earth as if its the only one because we have no other.

I would love to hear from you, solutions, stories, anything else, or simply say hello.

I’m all ears! 

Please send me an email at javi@javilorbada.com
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