Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot: three phenomena that have spiralled out of control to exhaust the planet’s resources faster than ecosystems can recover themselves.
The Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot (OVER) book has brought together powerful and evocative images of our bleak environmental damage. The OVER book crystallises the ecological and social tragedies of humanity’s expanding numbers and our dizzying levels of consumption.
‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ album was one of the biggest successful artistic outputs of the late twentieth century; it is the world’s second best selling album trumped only my Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’. Which made me think would it not be terrific if the artistic images showing ‘the Morbidly Dark Side of the Earth’ gained similar currency and widespread artistic appeal?
And that is OVER’s mission: that it’s high time to make millions of people acutely, immediately, and viscerally aware of the dangers and deprivations facing people and our planet. There is no plan(et) B! We are enacting an ecocide! The planet is in peril because of our careless actions, lack of responsibility, and conspicuous consumption.
OVER aims to open the world’s eyes to the perils of overpopulation and overconsumption. The free e-book shows a series of powerful photographs along with expert commentary from human rights, population and conservation experts. So, if you like the work of these artists, and you know someone who could act as an inspiring educator on green issues, let them know. And if they cannot afford it, they can request a free copy. Yes, the book can also be requested free of charge by NGOs, educational facilities, activist agencies, and others who cannot afford a hard copy around £28 (or $50), if they can act as ambassadors of environmental information. For example, a school teacher could deliver workshops on sustainable living to their pupils.
The book brings together some of the best environmental photographers in the world today. One of the contributors is a favourite nature photographer of mine: Daniel Beltrá. Beltrá has won both World Press Photo Award for Contemporary Issues and also the World Press Photo Award for Nature. I love his hard-hitting images of earth’s destruction particularly from above. He also had taken stunning photos at the poles, Iceland, and Greenland.
How do you raise awareness about population explosion? One group thought that the simplest way would be to show people