An international team of researchers has found that many groups of white storks have begun to modify their migration patterns to take advantage of human made food sources, such as garbage dumps. Birds migrate from one location to another because the food they eat is typically seasonal—they cannot find insects, for example, in the wintry north, so they fly south to where it is warmer. That is what white storks have done for as long as humans have been taking records—flying south from Europe to Africa. But now it seems, some of the changes humans have made to the environment appear to be causing the birds to rethink their migration patterns. The bird that was once regarded as the symbol of new life is now foraging on the excretions of our human society. Welcome to the Anthropocene
To Jasper Doest, photography is about emotion. Whether it's a travel documentary, a conservation story or a standalone piece of art: it must be an expressive image, an image that touches its viewers. As a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), his photographs have received multiple awards and have appeared in numerous international journals and books, including National Geographic Magazine, GEO and Smithsonian Magazine. Jasper's images depict what is beautiful around him, around us, and with his photographs he is able to reveal how fragile this beauty is. One split second can tell his story, that single moment in which he freezes nature but brings it to life more than ever before. "Through my photography I’m able to give a voice to the ones that are often overlooked. I’m able to share my experiences with so many people. As our future is on the line, we need people to start caring about our environment on a daily basis. We need to convince them about the valuable conservation work that has been going on and we need to convince the public to choose local decision makers wisely." "Our planet needs sustainability. Photographers can give a voice to the ones who cannot speak for themselves (before it is too late). Photographers can initiate change. That is my motivation and joy. It’s within the power of photography."