60% of the world's biodiversity has been destroyed since 1970 and we have to do something about it. One week ago the United Nations announced a new Decade of Ecosystems Restoration.
Ecosystems are in danger: the world has lost around 50% of the world’s biodiversity in the last 40 years according to WWF. Many scientists believe that ecosystems are playing a crucial role in stabilizing our climatic conditions. Ecosystems provide us with water we drink, the food we eat, fibers we use in clothing and furniture, biochemicals that are used in medicine. At the same time ecosystems generate oxygen and absorb carbon emissions. Recent research shows that additional 6C of warming in our oceans will lead to the inability of plankton to process emissions of CO2. Ecosystems are also able to pollinate the plants on which our livelihood entirely depends, they provide inspiration for artists and are held sacred by communities in many countries.
"Our life depends on our ability to protect the home, which so generously hosts us. We should all contribute to our best. Sharing the captured moments of intrinsic beauty is certainly one of the most effective ways to raise awareness"
Janez Potočnik, former European Commissioner for the Environment, co-chair of the International Resources Panel, UN Environment.
“In this book Stanislav Shmelev, an ecological economist and an artist, goes far beyond the environmental social sciences and even the environmental humanities by appealing through photography to the incommensurable values that humans hold towards the environment”.
“The great challenge of our time is to build and nurture human communities that honor, respect, and cooperate with nature’s inherent ability to sustain life. To do so, it is critical to understand how ecosystems work — not only intellectually, but also emotionally and spiritually. Artists have an essential role to play to foster such deep, multidimensional understanding, and Stanislav Shmelev’s magnificent book succeeds admirably in this task.” —
Prof.FRITJOF CAPRA, author, The Tao of Physics (1975), The Web of Life (1996), The Hidden Connections (2002), Learning from Leonardo (2007), coauthor, The Systems View of Life (2014).
This splendid collection exhibits an amazing rainbow of colours in scenes from around the globe, expressing the photographer’s profound concern for the state of the Earth, while also celebrating the intense and astonishing exuberance of human and biological diversity in some of the world’s most beautiful ecosystems. Shmelev’s inspired structure leads us along a carefully selected series of contexts and themes, showing clearly the importance of maintaining the stability and productivity of natural processes through global and local commitment for planetary survival in the face of global change.
Prof. Peter H. May, PhD, Professor of Ecological Economics, Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro.
Ecosystems: Complexity, Diversity and Nature’s Contribution to Humanity
Professionally designed, this book is published to the highest standard by the leading printers that are the main partners of Thames and Hudson and Phaidon, National Geographic and Aperture. The introductory chapters have been contributed by Dr Joachim Spangenberg. The book is accompanied by a series of museum-quality prints.
ECOSYSTEMS - Shot in Colombia, Brazil, USA, Dubai, France, Spain, UK, Germany, Austria, Italy, Albania, Russia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Malaysia and Singapore, it speaks about the complexity, diversity and the true value of ecosystems.
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Dr Stanislav Shmelev is an award winning British photographer, painter and ecological economist. Educated in art history and drawing, holding a PhD in Ecological
Economics (2003) and finishing his MA in Photography at Falmouth University, Stanislav combines his interest in fine art and sustainability and expresses his admiration for the natural world through photographs and oil paintings. Passionate about green economy, nature protection and sensitive ecosystems, Stanislav creates evocative environmental landscapes inspired by his travels in Brazil, Colombia, Malaysia, UK, France and the countries of the Mediterranean. Formerly a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas,
Senior Researcher at the Oxford University, and Visiting Professor at Universities of Geneva, Paris, Versailles and National University of Colombia, Stanislav devotes all his energy to the promotion of sustainability ideas both through the language of art and of science.
Stanislav has been a Member of the St Ives Arts Club, was represented by DEBUT Contemporary Gallery in Notting Hill, London, had several solo shows in Oxford, exhibited at the United Nations (British Pavilion of the UNFCCC COP23, Bonn and COP24, Katowice as well as UN Vienna), Club of Rome (Rome), Guardian (London), University of Oxford (Oxford), STITCH ‘Art for the Earth’ auction in London alongside Vivien Westwood and Marc Quinn, STITCH & OCEANA show at PHILLIPS (London), Global Landscapes Forum (Lima, Peru), Swiss Cottage Gallery (London), Royal College of Art (London), O3 Gallery (Oxford), OVADA Gallery (Oxford), Studio 44AD (Bath), Prince Galitzine Library (St Petersburg), British Council (St Petersburg), FOTONOVIEMBRE de Tenerife International Photography Festival (Spain), Brighton Photo Biennial 2014
(Brighton), Brighton Photo Fringe 2014 (Brighton), the Other Art Fair (Bristol), INDEX (Dubai) and is represented by SAATCHI ART.
Stanislav is an author of a bestseller ‘Ecological Economics: Sustainability in Practice’, Springer, 2012 and an author and editor of a bestseller ‘Green Economy Reader’ published by Springer in 2017. His recent photographic album ‘Ecosystems: Complexity, Diversity and Nature’s Contribution to Humanity’ was published in 2018 by Environment Europe Press and received very positive reviews from environmental thought leaders from around the world; it was launched at the 50th Anniversary Meeting of the Club of Rome, was presented at the
British Pavilion at UNFCCC COP24 Conference on Climate Change and was featured in a large solo exhibition at the Oxford University. His image ‘Complex Systems. Dorset’ is published by National Geographic in an edited volume.
DR Stanislav Edward will be running the 16th executive Oxford Spring School in Ecological Economics 2019 entirely focused on ecosystems.
Oxford Summer and Winter Schools in Ecological Economics is organized by Environment Europe and has so far attracted participants from 54 countries, including Canada, USA, Mexico, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, UK, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Bosnia, Latvia, Ghana, Nigeria, China, India, Taiwan, New Zealand and Australia, including representatives of UNDP, UNEP, ILO, IUCN, OECD, WWF, leading universities, NGOs and government ministries.