Enviromentalist and photographer
Due to this involvement, Yann Arthus-Bertrand is today considered more an environmentalist and activist than a photographer. It is because of this commitment that Yann Arthus-Bertrand was designated Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme on Earth Day (April 22nd, 2009).
In 2006, Yann started the series From Above, a television documentary series of several one-and-a-half hour episodes, each dealing with a particular environmental problem. Encouraged by his television experiment, Yann Arthus-Bertrand undertook the production of a full-length feature film, Home, that deals with the state of our planet. More than 600 million people have seen it so far.
For Rio + 20, Yann directed the film Planet Ocean with Michael Pitiot. This film aims to promote understanding of the importance of oceans in the ecosystem. In the same time, the GoodPlanet foundation initiated the Ocean Programme, to raise awareness of the importance of marine ecosystems. At the heart of this programme, the publication in October 2012 of the book Man and Sea.
The work of Yann Arthus-Bertrand has shown its commitment to awaken a collective responsibility and conscience. In this awareness "campaign", the objective is to reach to the most people possible.
Since 2016, Yann started the production of his next feature film, Woman, which is scheduled to be released in September 2019. This film, co-directed with Anastasia Mikova, aims to give women the floor and give them the place they deserve in the world of tomorrow. This film sparked three years of filming, 60 countries visited and thousands of interviews.
All the films produced by his non-profit production company "Hope" are available free of charge to NGOs, non-profit organizations and schools in the frame work of environmental education.