CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 19 . . . . January 20, 2012
The contents of Who Will Save My Planet? confirm the truth of the adage that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Wordless, Who Will Save My Planet? consists of 14 pairs of facing pages in which the left page contains a photo that reveals how “we” are destroying the planet on which we live while the photograph on the right page shows how the world should remain or be, if we are to save it. María Urrutia, the photographer, is also the founder and director of Ediciones Tecolate, a Mexican publishing house, and the book was originally published in Spanish in 2007.
Even the youngest “reader” will comprehend the differences that Urrutia’s photographs present: a forest on fire vs a pristine canopy of green; a chainsaw-wielding logger falling a tree vs a pair of hands planting a tree seedling; a caged parrot vs one in the wild; a polluted, stagnant stream vs a sparkling waterfall; a beach covered with the carcasses of large turtles vs a turtle swimming free in the ocean; vegetation killed by water-borne pollution vs plants thriving in a clear stream; two seals, one with discarded plastic biting into its neck, the other plastic-free; two forests, one blackened by fire and the other, lush and green; a caged lion vs one hunting its prey in the wild; the stumps of “harvested” trees vs the soaring trunks of living trees; a jaguar rug vs a jaguar living in the wild; a roadway with just tree stumps beside it vs. a tree-lined pathway; a garbage-strewn hillside vs a garbage can filled with trash, and a traffic-clogged street vs a person riding a bicycle.
Dave Jenkinson, CM’s editor, lives in Winnipeg, MB.
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