Sean Gallagher has been invited to share his project on desertification with the British Chamber of Commerce in China this September.
Their event announcement:
Join us at this month's Speakers' Corner where award winning photographer Sean Gallagher will be showcasing his latest work "China's Growing Sands", a project highlighting desertification in China sponsored by The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
Desertification (the gradual transformation of habitable farmable land to desert) together with drought is estimated to cause approximately 42 billion USD in loss of food production each year worldwide and affects over 400 million people in China alone. With just under 20% of China's total land mass classified as desert, desertification in China is arguably one of China's most pressing but under reported environmental concerns. At this event Sean will talk about his journey on the 'desertification train' travelling 4000km from Beijing through China's major northern deserts to Xinjiang, reporting on the growing crisis and its effects on the people and cultures living in affected areas.