NEW YORK, Nov. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Award-winning photographer Henry Dallal was joined by leaders from across governments, academia, civil society, media, and entertainment to commemorate the launch during Climate Week in New York of Addressing Climate Change: An Illustrated Biography of the Annual United Nations Climate Change Conference (Gilgamesh Publishing, bit.ly/AClimateChange), his new book that captures the art, science, and diversity of climate change negotiations. The book launch will continue with additional major events in Europe, the Middle East, and South America in the lead-up to the December 2014 round of climate negotiations in Lima, Peru and 2015 negotiations in Paris, France.
Prominent participants and supporters of the book's launch included Alec Baldwin, Michael Douglas, Ed Norton, Yoko Ono, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Christiana Figueres (Executive Director of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), The Rt. Hon. Greg Barker (Climate Change Special Envoy for UK Prime Minister David Cameron), Grace Hightower De Niro (philanthropist and wife of Robert De Niro), Dr. RK Pachauri (Chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), Wael Hmaidan (Director of Climate Action Network- International), Bill McKibben (Founder of 350.org and lead organizer of the historic People's Climate March), Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States Nathalie Cely, indigenous representatives from Ecuador Juan Carlos Jintiach and Agustin Wachapa, UK Minister of State for Climate Amber Rudd, United Nations Environment Program Goodwill Ambassador Yann Arthus-Bertrand, and Essa Al-Mannai (Executive Director of Reach Out to Asia, a charitable organization based in Doha, Qatar that is among the recipients of proceeds from the book).
Highlights of the launch included ringing the opening bell on NASDAQ, a major photo exhibit at the United Nations, a sustainable-themed gala dinner at New York City's Platinum LEED-certified Hearst Tower, and a private reception co-hosted by Alec Baldwin and former manager of The Beatles Peter Brown.
Speaking at the NASDAQ opening bell ceremony, David Wicks, Vice President of NASDAQ OMX, said: "This magnificent book by Henry Dallal celebrates the collective efforts of the nations and people around the world who have come together to reach agreement on the future of our common home – planet Earth."
The Rt. Hon Greg Barker added at the Gala Dinner, that Dallal's book "Gives us a look behind the scenes, beyond the placards and the bumper stickers, into the hard work of climate change talks and the diversity of people that must find common ground to move the negotiations forward."
Addressing Climate Change aims to humanize an arduous, largely-behind-the-scenes process and rally the world towards a global agreement, and has received endorsements from Michael Douglas, Ed Norton, and Yoko Ono. In addition to its stunning and timely photographs, the book features essays from United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Director Christiana Figueres, and Chair of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Dr. R K Pachauri,
According to Michael Douglas, "By focusing his sharp lens on the negotiators, the activists, and the scientists, Henry Dallal shows us that climate change not only represents a monumental threat, but an unprecedented opportunity to resolve crises peacefully, through dialogue."
Prominent environmental activist and actor Ed Norton adds, "This book celebrates those who have dedicated their lives to addressing the seemingly impossible challenge of crafting international policy on this issue and should motivate the rest of us to take part in one of the most critical issues facing our generation.
"Love is powerful in all things," says musician, artist, and activist Yoko Ono. "It is powerful in this beautiful book of photos. Now we are in a position as a global community to come together and build a better future. Let's do it right. I know we will."
All proceeds of Addressing Climate Change's sales are being donated to non-profit initiatives that help to address climate issues at a grassroots level, including Reach Out to Asia and others.
For more information or to pre-order Addressing Climate Change on Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com, please visit www.addressingclimatechange.com.
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About Addressing Climate Change
Addressing Climate Change is drawn from tens of thousands of photos taken during the COP18 and COP19 UN climate change negotiations, where Dallal—a landscape photographer who has been commissioned for official portrait photographs of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and other Royals—led a team of international photographers who were granted unprecedented and unlimited behind-the-scenes access to. These photos now represent the first inside look at the never-before-seen drama as international leaders from governments, civil society, academia and business make significant progress towards a universal climate change agreement.
About Henry Dallal
Award-winning photographer Henry Dallal has built a reputation for creating photographic books of rare beauty. His previous works include Desert Pageantry, The Royal Cavalry of Oman; Horse Warriors: India's 61st Cavalry; Diamond Jubilee Pageant: The World came to Windsor and Pageantry and Performance, The Household Cavalry, in a Celebration of Pictures. He has contributed to several other books including: Horses; Horse Gunners; Endurance; Magic of Monaco and Flowers in the Park. Henry's work has been exhibited widely including at the Smithsonian Institution, Naples Museum of Art, the Guildhall and Windsor Castle. He has also been honored to photograph HM Queen Elizabeth II as well as other senior world figures. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Member of the Alpine Club. He is a board member of the Hamdan International Photography Award (HIPA). More on http://henrydallalphotography.com
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