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Posted On: 21 September 2014 02:47 pm
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New Book “Pictures” a Better World Through Negotiation

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In a stunning, timely new book that captures the art, science, and diversity of climate change negotiations, award-winning photographer Henry Dallal aims to humanize an arduous, largely-behind-the-scenes process and rally the world towards a global agreement. The official October 14th release of Addressing Climate Change: An Illustrated Biography of the Annual United Nations Climate Change Conference (Gilgamesh Publishing) is being supported by a series of high-profile, eco-friendly launch events later this month in New York during the upcoming United Nations Climate Summit and General Assembly, including a major photo exhibit at the UN and a dinner/discussion at the Hearst Tower, New York’s first LEED-certified corporate building. Academy Award-winning actor Michael Douglas, actor Ed Norton, artist Yoko Ono, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and Chair of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Dr. R K Pachauri, are among those who have endorsed the book and its inspiring approach. According to Michael Douglas, “By focusing his sharp lens on the negotiators, the activists, and the scientists, Henry Dallal shows us that climate change not only represents a monumental threat, but an unprecedented opportunity to resolve crises peacefully, through dialogue.” Addressing Climate Change is drawn from tens of thousands of photos taken during the COP18 and COP19 UN climate change negotiations, where Dallal—a landscape photographer who has been commissioned for official portrait photographs of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and other Royals—led a team of international photographers who were granted unprecedented and unlimited behind-the-scenes access. These photos now represent the first inside look at the never-before-seen drama as international leaders from governments, civil society, academia and business make significant progress towards a universal climate change agreement. “It was amazing to witness first-hand the thousands upon thousands of dedicated, hard-working individuals from all across the globe—from world leaders, to Nobel scientists, to indigenous people and young activists—all working together day and night for the same important goal,” says Dallal. “This book reflects how all of these voices and perspectives are integrated into this truly unique process for progress on this global challenge.” Prominent environmental activist and actor Ed Norton adds, “This book celebrates those who have dedicated their lives to addressing the seemingly impossible challenge of crafting international policy on this issue and should motivate the rest of us to take part in one of the most critical issues facing our generation.” “Love is powerful in all things,” says musician, artist, and activist Yoko Ono. “It is powerful in this beautiful book of photos. (Love) is a word that makes things come together, grow and expand. Now we are in a position as a global community to come together and build a better future. Let's do it right. I know we will." And UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who contributes a foreword to the book, notes, “This collection of photographs sheds light on the important work taking place within this collaborative arena." All proceeds of Addressing Climate Change’s sales are being donated to non-profit initiatives that help to address climate issues at a grassroots level, including Reach Out to Asia and others. For more information or to purchase Addressing Climate Change on or, please visit: • •