Sting endorsed the book with the comment "Sebastian Copeland's stunning photographs are a stark reminder of what we stand to lose. He has ventured to the bottom of the world and returned with a message that we cannot afford to ignore."
Antarctica - The Global Warning
Text and Photography by Sebastian Copeland
Foreword by Mikhail Gorbachev
Introduction by Leonardo DiCaprio
"Sebastian Copeland's stunning photographs are a stark reminder of what we stand to lose. He has ventured to the bottom of the world and returned with a message that we cannot afford to ignore." - Sting
The fate of Antarctica foretells the fate of the Earth. Temperatures have risen on the western slope of this most southern continent by over 2.5C during the last 50 years alone. And icebergs 4 and 10 times larger than Manhattan broke away from the Ross Ice Shelf in 2002 and 2000 - a sure sign of increased ice-melt caused by global-warming. The rapid changes in this stark yet fragile icy realm may sound the last warning before the destruction of our environment, as we know it today.
Sebastian Copeland, an award-winning photographer, lecturer and environmental activist, witnessed the accelerated devastation of the Antarctic ice shelf while aboard the research vessel The Ice Lady Patagonia. His journey was taken on behalf of Global Green - an international NGO founded by Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993 that is devoted to preserving the environment. Photographer Copeland captured both the awesome beauty of Antarctica and documented signs of the alarming changes that the continent is undergoing. In Antarctica: The Global Warning he presents these images of otherworldly glaciers, fields and fjords, and also photographic evidence of the massive inroads that climate change has already made on the continent.
In addition, Antarctica also features text by Copeland detailing scientific data and his personal insights about climate change, including how and why the arctic regions, North and South, continue to melt at an increasingly rapid pace. Commentary is included from Stanford professor and global warming expert Stephen Schneider; Matt Petersen, president and CEO of Global Green; The Ecologist magazine director and editor Zac Goldsmith; as well as polar adventurers David de Rothschild and Will Steger.
Also included with the book is a bonus DVD: SOS: A Global Warning. The DVD features an extensive, behind-the-scenes dialogue between Copeland and co-producer, John Quigley, describing their harrowing challenge to create the provocative SOS installation during which dozens of scientists, researchers and explorers lay on a floating Antarctic ice sheet to form the letters SOS.
To find out more about Antarctica and SOS, please go to the following websites: www.antarcticabook.com
International award-winning photographer Sebastian Copeland serves on the Board of Directors of Global Green USA, an affiliate of Mikhail Gorbachev's Green Cross International. Global Green has spearheaded such programs as the sustainable rebuilding of New Orleans, as well as Green Schools, Affordable Housing and the Global Solar Fund. Copeland's work has appeared in hundreds of publications worldwide, including GQ, Marie Claire, The Face, Cosmopolitan and Vanity Fair. In 2006 Copeland won two first place awards at the International Photography Award (IPA) for some of the images in Antarctica. His wide-ranging success as a celebrity portrait photographer has enabled him to focus on his passion for the environment. He is a leading force behind the intersection of environmental issues and celebrity activism. In 2007 Copeland traveled with his cousin, Orlando Bloom, to Antarctica to enlist his aid in promoting the importance of protecting this fragile ecosystem.
Sebastian Copeland currently resides in Los Angeles.
Other endorsements include...
"A book of haunting beauty, Antarctica lures us with its images and compels us with its words. It's a powerful call to action to combat global warming. Sebastian Copeland's photography, combined with the insights of luminaries and environmental experts, makes a case that is both exquisite to look at and impossible to deny." - Arianna Huffington, Political Commentator
"Sebastian's haunting images are not only smart and stylish, they remind us of the need to protect our environment before it is too late." - Greg Gorman, Photographer
"Copeland's perceptive and impassioned celebration of Antarctica resonates as much to the South as it does to the North. His reflection and majestic imagery capture the essence of the ice ... I sense [his remarkable work] will further guide the global community to better understand the challenges of this loving place we call home." - Sheila Watt-Cloutier, International Chair for the Inuit Circumpolar Conference
"Sebastian's superb photography transports us on a unique journey to this extraordinary and remote continent. [His] work, personal commitment and passionate expression remind us, in an intimate way, that the ice is as fragile as we are." - Salma Hayek, Film Actor and Producer