Swarovski continues to support Living Yangtze, a major creative collaboration with the distinguished film director, photographer and author Eric Valli. The project catalogues Valli’s journey along the Yangtze River in China and examines the relationship between the river and its surrounding inhabitants. The photographic exposition will be on display at the Earth Child Institute stand from December 7 until December 11 and situated in the side events and exhibits area of COP21.
Both collaborations focus on the understanding of complex ecosystems of the environment, whether through the melting ice caps and their relation to global warming, or the interrelation between a major water source and the harmony of those populations living beside it. Nadja Swarovski comments, “COP21 is a truly historic event which will bring together the world’s leaders to open vital new dialogues on the challenges of climate change, and our collaborations with James Balog and Eric Valli are both stunning visual documents which celebrate our planet, and a warning to all of us of the need to fight to preserve these fragile ecosystems.”
Swarovski’s commitment and dedication to to conservation and practices can be traced back to Swarovski’s location in Tyrol, Austria. Daniel Swarovski sought to establish his production and manufacturing headquarters where water was plentiful as to power a largely hydroelectric operation. Today, a third of Swarovski’s produced electricity in Wattens is from our hydroelectric plant.
Alongside Swarovski’s presence at COP21, the successful global programs of the Swarovski Waterschool as well as the conservation actions taken through the Swarovski Foundation are part of Swarovski’s efforts to preserve and protect natural resources. As the primary agents of change for the upcoming generations, Swarovski stands behind children as the planet’s upcoming stewards. Through Swarovski Waterschool, over 257,000 children from 2,093 schools in 5 countries are empowered and educated on climate change to reduce the vulnerability of themselves and their communities to risk and contribute to sustainable development.