My name is Nico, I am a German environmental student who just finished his Master’s in Atmospheric Science, Climate and Ecosystems at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. I’m 27 years old and now back in Germany, where I’d like to work in the educational sector, teaching people of every age why it’s just so important to change how we currently treat nature.
About three years ago I got my first DSLR camera, but it took me a good year to enjoy photography more seriously as a hobby, as learning this form of art was more difficult than I’d thought. I was always interested in photography and movies generally. To me it’s amazing how people can make you see beauty, where you’d never thought it to be. I too wanted to capture how I see the world in an artistical way, not just document” what’s in front of the lens. After experimenting a bit with images of flowers and landscapes I got more and more into macrophotography. Lying down on the ground and exploring half of a square meter just to realize, there’s a hundred and more compositions hidden in the smallest of details is truly wonderful to me. It made me see beauty in almost every aspect of life. I wish people could see that beauty too and recognize that all living species at least deserve to be
treated in a respectful and humane way. It annoys me that temporary profit seems to be more important nowadays than the future of all live, including our descendants, on Earth.
I think people, me included, need to learn being happier with what we have. As the former president of Uruguay José “Pepe” Mujica once said: “I am not advocating poverty. I am advocating sobriety.” So, stop factory farming, stop deforestation of rain-forests and the destruction of habitats for profit and just think of yourselves for once. After all, it’s not just nature that’s going to suffer if we continue as we do right now. Humanity will suffer greatly as well, and we’ll wish for a life as it was before in the future we’re heading towards.