Deforestation of the rainforest is visible in Santa Cruz, Bolivia – immediately adjacent to untouched tracts of forest. Deforestation in the country has primarily been driven by the expansion of mechanized agriculture and cattle ranching. This Overview highlights the country’s struggle to expand food production in order to meet the needs of its growing population and the sacrificial destruction of its forests that has taken place to do so. While deforestation rates are now relatively stable at about 494,000 acres a year, it is estimated that Bolivia lost 4.5 million acres of forests from 2000 to 2010.
Based in New York, New York. Daily Overview, an ongoing project founded by Benjamin Grant, was inspired by, and derives its name from, an idea known as the Overview Effect. This term refers to the sensation that astronauts experience when given the opportunity to look down and view the Earth from outer space. They have the chance to appreciate our home in its entirety, to reflect on its beauty and its fragility all at once. That’s the cognitive shift that we hope to inspire. The Overviews (what we call these images) focus primarily on the places and moments where human activity — for better or for worse — has shaped the landscape. The mesmerizing flatness seen from this vantage point, the surprising comfort of systematic organization on a massive scale, or the vibrant colors that we highlight will hopefully turn your head. However, once we have that attention, we hope you will go beyond the aesthetics, contemplate just exactly what it is that you're seeing, and consider what that means for our planet.