Home: A Hymn to the Planet and Humanity

 This is a stunning visual odyssey. From the author of the amazing Earth From Above comes this moving and brilliantly photographed new book, Home, released as a companion piece to the film of the same name (check out Home, The Movie—you can see it free online and it’s compellingly gorgeous). The full title is HOME: A HYMN TO THE PLANET AND HUMANITY by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, $20.95 in paperback from Abrams. It offers a globe-spanning exploration of the planet, complete with Arthus-Bertrand’s unforgettable photographic images and a satifyingly informative text by the team at Good Planet, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable development, Home is a celebration of Earth’s beauty and an impassioned call to protect it from destruction. Compelling and defiantly optimistic, Home voyages through over 50 countries, considering the environment’s current condition and factors which will play a role in determining its future. 

 “Perhaps what we need is some good news. All over the world, entrepreneurs, local authorities, and associations are moving into action, coming up with new technology, new trades, new relationships between humanity and nature. Their creativity is moving forward into a new century that is cleaner and fairer, more natural and at the same time more human. 

 This is the international overview that is captured in this book. It appraises the threat that our current lifestyles have created, but at the same time reveals the amazing heritage that four billion years of evolution have given to humanity. It also celebrates the many projects that have been launched to usher in a new era, in which the human spirit has dreamed up new ways of living and thinking that are more in tune with our planet. A world that no longer regards the Earth as a supermarket, but as a home. 

 All the experiments and experiences described here are simply examples, but they show us the path toward a new mode of existence, based on moderation, intelligence, and sharing.”

Yann Arthus-Bertrand
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