“DE POLO TO POLO” EXHIBITION, by the La Caixa Foundation
Patent from June 14th to July 17th
Location: Avenida dos Descobrimentos (opposite the Lagos Courthouse)
From the Arctic to the Antarctic, we want to show you some of the most spectacular natural spaces on Earth, many of which are known as hotspots, terrestrial ecoregions recognized for their high biodiversity, high level of endemic species (that only live there) and that are seriously threatened by human activity. . More than half of the world’s plant species and more than a third of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians inhabit just 2.3% of the earth’s surface, most of them in the tropics, habitats that are being rapidly destroyed. The loss of biodiversity is alarming and increasing at a rate never seen before.
According to Conservation International, 38 hotspots have currently been identified worldwide. Although these areas once covered approximately 16% of the Earth’s land surface, currently, 86% of their habitat has been destroyed.
This traveling exhibition aims to show the beauty and diversity of the planet’s natural spaces, as well as their threats and create a space for reflection on the effects of the high rate of species extinction and the destruction of our planet as a result of human activity.
Fifty-two spectacular large-format images, belonging to the National Geographic archive, make up this project, which included the participation of prestigious nature photographers such as Frans Lanting, Paul Nicklen, Michael Nichols or Tim Laman, among others.