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Images from the MIND THE EARTH exhibition on view at Nordic Northwest.


MIND THE EARTH Interactive Map

Danish artist and architect Kasper Brejnholt Bak uses satellite imagery to create a new perspective on our planet,
highlighting examples of challenges, dilemmas, and best practices about climate change and climate action.

Click on the icons below to see images from the MIND THE EARTH exhibition on view at Nordic Northwest in Portland, Oregon.


Ilulissat Icefjord, Greenland A UNESCO World Heritage Site, is populated with icebergs of the Jakobshavn glacier or Sermeq Kujalleq in Greenlandic. Sermeq Kujalleq is one of the fastest-moving glaciers in the world. The global loss of glacier ice has increased significantly in the last 30 years and contributes to 1 mm of sea-level rise annually.

Mind The Earth, Google Earth, Digital Globe Area: 7,000 x 7,000 meters

Image description:

Aerial photo of a brown landmass next to a white glacier breaking into pieces across a blue-black ocean.


The Blue Lagoon, Iceland is a pioneer in the use of geothermal energy for space heating. Generating electricity with geothermal energy has increased significantly in recent years, and geothermal power facilities currently make 25% of the country’s total electricity production.

Mind The Earth, Google Earth, CNES/Airbus Area: 1800 x 1800 meters

Image description:
Aerial photo of two steel-colored large rectangular buildings in a barren landscape. Near them, a group of variously shaped structures sits across from a row of smaller square buildings. A series of roads run throughout the frame.


NASA data indicates most of the Earth’s warming has occurred in the past 35 years, with the five warmest years on record taking place since 2010. Summer temperatures in Ain Salah, Algeria now commonly approach 122° F. With the steady rise in global temperature, places like Ain Salah may be abandoned due to climate change.

Mind The Earth, Google Earth, Digital Globe Area: 2,000 x 2,000 meters

Image description:

Aerial photo with three-color bands, a verdant agricultural region next to a tan sand dune that is advancing upon rectangular buildings reflected silver in the sunlight.


Singapore's shipping containers assist in the movement of products from one location to another. Once loaded, containers are transported by land, air, and sea. The Port of Singapore handles over 100,000 shipping containers daily. Although they provide global access to jobs and a diversity of goods and services, transporting shipping containers results in a high energy footprint. Increasing the local production of goods will contribute to lower energy footprints.

Mind The Earth, Google Earth, Digital Globe Area: 5,000 x 5,000 meters

Image description:

Aerial photo of large, medium, and small ships which appear as long green-grey and orange shapes fanned clock-wise over an emerald sea. A group of puffy white clouds hovers lightly over the ships.


Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhagen, is famous for its bicycles. After improving conditions for bikes, limiting parking, introducing a new metro system, and separate bus lanes, sustainable modes of transport are now the fastest, cheapest, and most convenient options for most people in the city. More than 15% of global CO2 emissions come from the transport sector, so there are considerable gains in encouraging biking and public transport systems.

Copyright: Mind The Earth, Google Earth Area: 250 x 250 meters

Image description:

Aerial photo of city blocks with grey buildings running diagonally across the frame. Streets with cars and yellow busses parallel the structures. A fourth of the photo is highlighted by a red shape illustrating an open space in the city where people walk and gather.


Feed farms like this one in Idaho, United States, can hold up to 150,000 animals. Producing 1 lb. of beef causes about 20 lb. of CO2 emissions – the equivalent of driving 50 miles in an average car. CO2 emissions from beef and lamb production are five times higher than that of chicken or pork. Reducing or changing personal meat consumption is an effective way to reduce your CO2 footprint.

Mind The Earth, Google Earth Area: 1,000 x 1,000 meters

Image description:

Aerial photo featuring livestock appearing as tiny black-grey dots within an expansive field of brown horizontal and vertical rectangles.

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