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The Earth from Above

The Blue Lagoon, near Grindavík, Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland
© Yann Arthus-Bertrand/Earth

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States
© Yann Arthus-Bertrand/Earth

Islet in the terraced rice fields of Bali, Indonesia
© Yann Arthus-Bertrand/Earth

Learn what Yann Arthus Bertrand has to say about the Earth From Above.

“With Earth from above, I simply want people to see the Earth as it is today, as faithfully as possible. What motivates me is the impact a photograph can make within the framework of environmental preservation. The great novelty of our time is that mankind has the power to change its environment and I want my photos to testify to this fact so people can realise this.” (Yann Arthus-Bertrand)

Yann Arthus-Bertrand, born 1946 in France, has become globally famous as a nature photographer. During his career he discovered the beauty of the world as seen from above when he became a hot air balloon pilot and began experimenting with aerial photography. Besides photography, Yann passionately engages in non-profit projects for different organisations. In 2005 Yann created, a non-profit organisation, which is dedicated to the promotion of sustainable development, which is the common leitmotif throughout all his different projects.

Like Yann Arthus-Bertrand, we at Google believe that technology can help people across the world realise the impact of their actions towards our environment and contribute to making the world a better place. Come see how you can learn more on environmental issues and resource scarcity.


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If you have Google Earth already installed on your computer, simply click on the Earth icon on your desktop to open the application.

Go to the “Global Awareness“ folder under the “Layers” section, expand the folder and tick the box next to “The Earth From Above with GoodPlanet”

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Download the free application and install it on your computer according to instructions.

Open Google Earth by simply clicking the Earth icon on your desktop. Go to the “Global Awareness“ folder under the “Layers” section, expand the folder and tick the box next to “The Earth From Above with GoodPlanet”.