National Geographic : 2009 Aug
See The Bigger Picture Biodiversity Photo Contest Get your children to stop and look and enter the See The Bigger Picture Photo Contest. Submit photos, learn more about biodiversity, and see full contest rules at www.seethebiggerpicture.org A world of amazing connections "Biodiversity is beautiful. The spectacular variety of life on Ear th keeps our planet healthy and balanced. When I travel the world as a photographer, I see that the intricate connections between all species---from the smallest insects to the largest trees---are fragile and threatened. When we lose species we lose connections and that can trigger chain reactions reaching all the way to you and me. In par ts of the world, bees have vanished, so people now have to hand-pollinate fruits and vegetables with feathers. When snake species are lost, mouse populations skyrocket, invading our crops. As chameleons, other reptiles, and amphibians vanish, massive numbers of insects will remain uneaten, many of which carry disease to humans. Trees and other plants that are so invaluable in providing medicines and cleaning our soil, water, and air are disappearing faster than ever before. The one thing we can't lose is hope. We still have time to turn things around. Our children will inherit a world rich---or poor---in biodiversity based on how much we preser ve and protect today. My photos are my way of asking us all to stop, look, and care." Airbus sees the bigger picture, and works to minimize environmental impact by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, lowering fuel consumption, and creating quieter, more efficient aircraft. Airbus created the first aircraft recycling program of its kind in the world, and earned the ISO 14001 Environmental Cer tification. Together, Airbus and National Geographic suppor t the UN-backed project, The Green Wave, in the world's most far-reaching biodiversity program to children, youth, and families. For Official Rules visit www.seethebiggerpicture.org. Parent or legal guardian must enter on behalf of child. CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Renowned National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore brings us face-to-face with biodiversity loss. His photographs of endangered species often give the world a final glimpse of vanishing life.