‘The Last Ice’ emphasizes the urgent need to protect polar regions and mitigate climate change
CEMEX have released the 30th edition of the Cemex Nature Book Series: ‘The Last Ice’. Through inspiring images of majestic frozen landscapes, this milestone edition of Cemex’s celebrated Nature Books emphasizes the urgent need to protect the polar regions and mitigate climate change.
‘The Last Ice’ combines visuals captured by world-renowned photographers and commentary from conservation experts, focusing on the critical importance of polar ice caps for the future health of the planet.
The volume aims to inspire and elevate the collective voice to address the global environmental crisis resulting from a warming world, the erosion of biodiversity, and the escalating impact of human beings on the planet.
‘In the pages of ‘The Last Ice’, readers will not only travel to some of the most remote frozen lands, but also comprehend the vital importance of preserving the integrity of polar ecosystems, while grasping the magnitude of this global challenge,’ said Fernando A. González, chief executive officer of Cemex.
‘As global leaders convene at the COP28 Climate Summit in Dubai to drive global climate actions, this year’s book responds to this challenge and underscores Cemex’s commitment to protecting our natural heritage.’
Christina Mittermier, one of the world’s most influential conservation photographers and co-founder of the non-profit organization SeaLegacy, is the book’s editor.
‘This book gives a voice to scientists and brings forward innovation and conservation,’ said Ms Mittermeier, who has edited the series for more than 15 years. ‘The book series reflects Cemex’s commitment to protecting biodiversity and is one of the projects I am proudest of in my career.’
Covering more than one-third of our planet, polar regions are home to diverse animal and plant species. However, scientists estimate that, at the peak of summer, there is nearly 40% less ice cover than in 1920, and the Arctic Ocean could be entirely ice-free by 2040.
Since 1993, Cemex have published a new book every year to guide their global audiences and reinforce their commitment to promoting a culture of biodiversity conservation. This year’s volume is published in collaboration with SeaLegacy and other conservation organizations that continuously seek constructive, nature-based solutions to climate change.
Cemex’s conservation efforts are part of their Future in Action programme, which focuses on achieving sustainable excellence through climate action, circularity, and natural resource management, with the primary objective of becoming a net-zero CO2 company by 2050.