Inside the Off-the-Grid Ecovillage Fighting London's Airport Expansion
Nestled between London's roaring M4 and M25 motorways is an ecological utopia, born out of a political struggle against climate chaos. Its wooden houses, DIY turbines, and vegetable patches stand in defiance to environmental damage.
Grow Heathrow started as a protest site. Campaigners created the space to support the local community’s fight against a proposed third runway at London’s Heathrow airport. In 2010, activists reclaimed nearby derelict land and, though the soil was full of dumped toxins, they gradually nurtured it back to health. Now, this disused scrubland has transformed into an ecovillage of 25 residents with strong roots in the local community.
The Deceptive Beauty of the Changing Antarctic
Finding beauty in destruction is part of the artistic tradition. It’s through beauty that questions of religion, war and death have been offered up for scrutiny. It forms a gateway of understanding, through which we might peer and contemplate the devastation.
For photographer Paolo Pellegrin, who joined NASA to document the changing Antarctic last November, it was this duality found in environmental damage that he wished to convey. “From up there, it’s ecstasy in front of the magnificent. I think I understood what the romantic notion of the sublime was: It’s not only the absolute beauty of these landscapes, it’s the sensation of finding yourself in front of a presence that speaks of eternity,” says Pellegrin.
Why Wildlife Photography Matters in a Post-Truth Era
When the term “alternative facts” was coined, scientists, climate change campaigners and anyone with an interest in preserving the planet took a collective sigh of despair. For the post-truth era is not just damaging for political integrity, it threatens the survival of bio-diversity as we know it.
So what can the experts fight with, when they can’t fight with facts? “We go back to the pictures,” veteran wildlife photographer Nick Nichols tells TIME. “So as long as we’re in this cycle of lies, the pictures can actually stand up again and do some more work. I still believe that [photography] plays—I hate to say it this way—unfortunately the strongest role, because data and science doesn’t necessarily hit you emotionally.”
A Crude Awakening: A Visual Exploration of the Pipeline Controversy
The irreversible damage of oil extraction to the earth’s ecology is already evident. But when plans for the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines were revived in the first days of the new administration, it became clear that America, the insatiable consumer, would not be turning green any time soon – one more chapter in a centuries-long battle over land and resources.
Here is a visual exploration of the environmental consequences of oil production – from the Alberta Tar Sands in northern Canada to the pipelines and refineries across America – as told through the work and words of nine photographers.