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Why Endangered Species Deserve Protection
Location: Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts
CHESTERTOWN, MD—Photographer and author Joel Sartore, a 20-year contributor to National Geographic and a passionate advocate for endangered wildlife, will visit Washington College on Friday, September 19 to talk about his career and his current project, Photo Ark. He will speak at 5 p.m. in Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts, on the College campus, 300 Washington Avenue.
Sartore’s mission through Photo Ark is to document biodiversity and endangered species in order to show “what’s at stake and to get people to care while there’s still time.” According to his website, more than 3,700 species have been photographed to date.
Sartore’s career as a wildlife and nature photographer has taken him to every continent, into many of the world’s most beautiful and challenging environments and into close contact with a wide variety of species, including wolves, grizzlies, musk oxen, lions, elephants and polar bears. His work also has allowed him to see human impact on the environment first-hand. “It is folly to think that we can destroy one species and ecosystem after another and not affect humanity,” he says. “When we save species, we’re actually saving ourselves.”
A regular contributor to the CBS Sunday Morning Show with Charles Osgood, Sartore collected his essays for that show in his latest book, Let’s Be Reasonable. His three previous books are RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species, Photographing Your Family, and Nebraska: Under a Big Red Sky.
In addition to the work he has done for National Geographic, Sartore has contributed to Audubon Magazine, Geo, Time, Life, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and numerous book projects. His work has been featured in several national broadcasts including the hour-long PBS documentary, At Close Range. He also is a contributor on the CBS Sunday Morning Show with Charles Osgood.
His visit to Chestertown is sponsored by the College’s McLain Program for Environmental Studies and SANDBOX initiative, and by the Shared Earth Foundation.