Ecological and human challenges with Yann Arthus-Bertrand

On February 2, Yann Arthus-Bertrand came to share his views on the Earth and mankind with ENGIE employees. They discussed the ecological and human issues associated with meeting the challenges of the energy transition.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand jbcYann Arthus-Bertrand visited Brussels on February 2 to open his exhibition ‘Earth Is Art’.

Under the auspices of the ENGIE Foundation, he agreed to attend a meeting with ENGIE employees in Belgium who are involved in the sustainable development and decarbonisation of our activities.

We felt that a constructive and meaningful discussion with this director, photographer and environmentalist might inspire our employees to think about how they can contribute to the ENGIE Group’s transformation here in Belgium.

ENGIE aims to play a major role in the energy transition globally and reiterates its ambition to lead this transition. The Group wishes to significantly reduce its CO2 emissions and environmental footprint.

Specifically, our commitments are based on five pillars. We are:

  • investing heavily in renewable energy;
  • offering innovative solutions for energy efficiency and digitisation;
  • committing to green mobility;
  • focusing on research and development;
  • setting an example and sharing our experiences of green mobility and energy efficiency in buildings.

About Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Yann Arthus-Bertrand has always been passionate about wildlife and the natural world. He began running a wildlife park in central France at the age of 20, then in 1976 travelled to Kenya, where he spent three years studying the behaviour of a pack of lions.

He also became a hot air balloon pilot and discovered his calling: capturing the world’s beauty through photographs. He published his first book in 1981 and became a reporter and photographer, working for National Geographic and Life.

In 2000, he produced a book of photography, ‘The Earth From The Air’, to illustrate the state of the planet and its inhabitants.

In 2005, he founded the NGO GoodPlanet, which aims to teach respect for the environment and combat climate change. In 2009, the photographer directed his first feature film, ‘Home’, portraying the state of the world.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand jbcHe then established Hope Production and produced a number of films, including ‘A Thirsty World’ on the issue of water and ‘Planet Ocean’. Around the same time, GoodPlanet launched its Ocean Programme project, intended to raise awareness about the preservation of marine ecosystems.

In 2015, his film ‘Human’ was screened at a United Nations General Assembly meeting attended by Ban Ki-Moon. In the same year, during COP21, he presented another film, ‘Terra’, which reveals the incredible saga of our living planet.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s work demonstrates his desire to foster collective awareness and a sense of responsibility.

About the ENGIE Foundation

The ENGIE Foundation embodies the social, societal and environmental commitment of the ENGIE Group and its employees around the world. In Belgium, the Foundation’s support has already benefited a total of 31 projects reaching more than 40,000 young people in the country’s three regions.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand is an active partner of the ENGIE Foundation.

During COP21, the ENGIE Foundation joined forces with Yann Arthus-Bertrand to produce the film ‘Bangladesh’. The film depicts the challenges posed to Bangladesh by climate change and showcases the work of the NGO Friendship, which is also supported by the Foundation.

In 2015, the ENGIE Foundation also supported ‘The Solution On A Platter’, a programme run by NGO GoodPlanet on the issue of food and climate.

Most recently, the ENGIE Foundation is a partner in Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s new film, ‘Woman’, which will focus entirely on women living in all parts of the world.

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