“After observing the planet for eight days from space, I have a deeper interest and respect for the forces that shape our world. Each particle of soil, each plant and animal is special. I also marvel at the creativity and ingenuity of our own species, but at the same time, I wonder why we all cannot see that we create our future each day, and that our local actions affect the global community, today as well as for generations to come.”
Dr. Roberta Bondar
I’m looking out my window and there’s a red-chested robin in the tree and green buds on the branches. Finally the earth is blooming again in Ontario. Happy Earth Day/Week!
Beyond my place in the world, I had the chance recently to share in some of the beauty of our earth by photographer and astronaut Roberta Bondar at a special event for her latest exhibition. Within The Landscape: Art Respecting Life, is currently on display in the FCP Gallery in Toronto from March 29 to May 27. Her exhibit includes large scale photographs of beautiful landscapes including the red rocks of PEI, the rush of fall colour in Cape Breton and old stone paintings in Libya, a glimpse of which reminds us how difficult it would to be to capture those images today.
Her speaking presentations and messages of innovative ideas about how to navigate in uncharted territory show her leadership as a visionary willing to use the adaptive thinking necessary to bring about changing perspectives.
Bondar had the chance to view the earth from a unique perspective as Canada’s first neuroscientist in space. She has since translated that experience into simultaneously intimate and expansive images on earth. She became an Honors student in Professional Nature Photography at the Brook’s Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, California, and a professional photographer.
On this earth week, let’s remember this: ‘As we learn about the natural environment and develop respect for the complexity of our planet, we become better human beings and artists.’ Roberta Bondar.