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Azure Earth - October, Panama - Photographer Matt Stirn
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About Matt's Project:
In October, I will be traveling to Panama to cover the amazing work of the Azuero Earth Project. Azuero Earth is a conservation initiative that seeks to preserve the earth's ecosystems, protect biodiversity, and promote healthy communities by helping people to make informed decisions, take sustainable actions, and share knowledge.
Panama is a place that at least for me, draws constant images of dense jungle and pristine rainforest. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case and in many parts of the country, the rainforest has largely been replaced by agricultural plots and plantations. It’s rapidly disappearing and the Azuero Peninsula on the Pacific coast is one of the hardest hit. The Azuero Earth Project is seeking to make a difference and by working with local communities, they are actively rehabilitating old rainforest and ensuring the preservation of important habitats that are in critical danger of being lost forever.
In today’s world, words like conservation, endangered, research, and data are everywhere. While much of this information, especially in terms of conservation and climate change, is of great importance, it is often difficult to relate to numbers and statistics, and the messages can get lost amongst the noise of everyday life. I believe that photography offers a solution to this problem. People can internalize and relate to a face, an animal, or a stunning landscape a lot better than a statistic. The Azuero Earth project is accomplishing some amazing feats in terms of rainforest rehabilitation, conservation, and climate change research. I hope that by using photography and visual storytelling, I will be able to document and spread their important message to a wide audience.
See more of Matt's work at www.mattstirnphoto.com
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