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World renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado has crisscrossed the globe to document the extremes of globalisation, migration and unchartered territories, but is most troubled by mankind's reckless plundering of the planet, which he says is lethally short-sighted.
On a visit to Hong Kong to promote "Genesis", an exhibition of images which is a result of an epic eight-year worldwide expedition, the 70-year-old said humankind's drive to tame nature was taking the world to the brink of extinction.
"If we don't come back to our planet... we won't be here for too long," Salgado told AFP in an interview. "We are not part of our planet anymore, we have become aliens."
The documentary photographer has travelled to more than 100 countries, including Rwanda, Guatemala and Bangladesh, documenting some of the most gruesome horrors of the modern world: starvation, war, poverty and displacement.
"We are not part of our planet anymore, we have become aliens."
Its funny that the ones called savages and uncivilized are the ones that lived in unison with the earth and those that are civilized destroy her.
I think you might find a bit of sport is usually involved with hunting; "Urgh get bigger buck than Mugh! Mugh loser!"
many "savage, uncivilized" cultures only hunted animals for food. Not for sport.
The bottom line is we cannot keep going the way we have been.
Nice cop out.
As for the ones who created the mess and introduced the solution
Big industry and politics exploited human needs for profit and now the planet's paying for it.