Climate change is happening relentlessly throughout the world. From the Paris Agreement of 2015 to the Glasgow Climate Pact of 2021, environmental issue has increasingly become an urgent problem that the world must deal as a united front—indeed, it is a historical burden that all humanity has created and must shoulder together.
The endless scroll of time records truthfully the choices that each one of us has made at critical moments. In 2009, when Typhoon Morakot caused devastated damages to our homeland, Chi Po-lin felt the pain emphatically like all of us. However, he took one step further and quit his job as a public servant to film the first aerial environmental documentary in Taiwan. Despite his lack of funds and not knowing what the future might hold for him, he dived into the production with all his heart and soul, and gave us the impressive and core-shaking Beyond Beauty – TAIWAN FROM ABOVE, which has awakened an entire generation’s concern and care for the environment.
In 2017, Director Chi died in a helicopter crash while making Beyond Beauty – TAIWAN FROM ABOVE II. It is a tragedy that has devastated all of us. However, it is our firm belief that the tragedy is not the end of the dream shared by Chi and all of us, but instead a starting point for the entire population of Taiwan to take part in this collective journey. In 2018, the Chi Po-lin Foundation was established in spite of many difficulties and challenges. With our digital archive as the foundation, we have established the Chi Po-lin Museum, the only image base in Taiwan where visitors can view Taiwan from above. We have also launched a series of environmental education projects, set up an environmental documentary award, and prepared to produce Beyond Beauty – TAIWAN FROM ABOVE III. Step by step, we are expanding the influence of Director Chi’s image works by encouraging people “to see, to act, and to change.”
“It will be too late if it is not now!” Just like Director Chi chose to dive into the making of Beyond Beauty – TAIWAN FROM ABOVE after witnessing the destruction brought on by Typhoon Morakot, we sincerely invite you to “see” and “act.” Your donation can support and help all of us write the story of change. With Chi’s image works, the power of change can be created, and what you choose to do can make this change a reality!