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Andy Thomas Artist
Over the last two decades Andy Thomas has developed an iconic visual language that is uniquely his own. Using a combination of digital technology and watercolours, Thomas’ work is a symbolic representation of nature’s collision with technology. Inspired by the beauty of nature and extensive travel to some of the world’s most ancient rainforests, Thomas fuses together images of flora and fauna into evolved abstract forms. Intricately layered compositions of plants and animals make a strong statement of technology’s impact on planet earth and how advancements in society are affecting the natural systems of life. In recent years Thomas has begun to experiment with digital audio software, initiating a new branch of his practice. This new series of animated video installations visually represent the voices of nature and create an eerie environment of sound and light. Through this new path of artistic investigation Thomas once again finds a way to create works in which nature and technology combine.
4 MAGICAL FORESTS WERE VISITED TO INSPIRE THIS WORK
CREATIVE STEPS TO MAKING AN ANIMATION
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100% of donations will be directed towards WWF-Australia’s conservation work
There is a clear link between the health of the Amazon and the health of the planet. Despite its mighty splendour, the Amazon’s forest and freshwater systems are fragile and at risk. The Amazon contains millions of species, most of them still undescribed, and some of the world's most unusual wildlife. To protect these species, WWF works with local communities, partner non-governmental organizations, corporations and governments to ensure that deforestation and degradation of rivers are alleviated.
CONFRONTING DRIVERS OF DEFORESTATION
Each year, the Amazon loses huge forested areas. Agricultural expansion, ranching, infrastructure projects, energy exploration and illegal logging are to blame. We address the following:
- Soy farming: WWF works with the Soy Roundtable—made up of soy producers, processors and exporters—to improve the sustainability of their practices and minimize impact on the Amazon and its wildlife.
- Cattle ranching: WWF works with the beef industry to create standards that increase efficiency and reduce waste. This includes educating ranchers about why it is not necessary to convert more forests into pasture to increase profits. WWF works through a Beef Roundtable to develop principles and criteria that increase the productivity of existing cattle ranches and prevent establishment of new ranches in high conservation value forests.
- Hydropower: To meet growing energy demands, Brazil has the option to use dams. WWF provides scientific support to help find dam locations that will do the least harm to the environment.
- Illegal and unsustainable logging: High demand for timber products, weak laws and poorly implemented trade rules lead to logging that destroys nature. WWF works to create market conditions that conserve the world’s forests, but also provide economic and social benefits for businesses and people.
- Infrastructure: In Colombia, construction of an important road had the potential to disrupt the lives of local communities and harm a forest reserve. WWF’s participation in the planning process succeeded in creating the most environmentally friendly road possible and ensured that the needs of local communities were considered.
DEVELOPING A SUSTAINABLE FOREST ECONOMY
- Regional and global demand for natural resources, including timber and fish, can be met without devastating the environment. We work with agriculture and timber sectors to eliminate waste and increase production efficiency.
- We also seek to promote demand for sustainable forest products. WWF engages local indigenous communities and governments to manage protected areas. We also support local communities’ ability to earn a living sustainably. For example, in a protected area in Bolivia, WWF supports training and organic certification for sustainable Brazil nut harvesting