Photographer Ami Vitale writes about Vital Impacts, an initiative that supports organisations who are protecting people, wildlife and habitats and celebrates the role of storytellers play in improving the health of the planet. Over to Ami:
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I began my career covering conflicts and found myself in places like Kosovo, Angola, Gaza, Afghanistan and later Kashmir. While the importance of shining a light on human conflict shouldn’t be minimised, focusing only on this turned my world into a horror show. Those years in war zones led me to an epiphany. The stories about people and the human condition are always connected to nature. If you dig deep enough behind virtually every human conflict, there has been an erosion of the fundamental bond between the humans involved and the health of the natural world around them. Our fates are linked. Losing one part of nature is a loss for all of us.
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The initiative is called Vital Impacts and its mission is to support organisations working to protect endangered habitats and the storytellers who amplify these critical stories. We will offer fine art prints and will be supporting Big Life Foundation, Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots and Shoots programme, Great Plains Conservation’s Project Ranger and SeaLegacy.