Born in France to the acclaimed artist Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Cyril Christo is a photographer, filmmaker, writer, and animal rights activist. Since 1996, he and his wife, Mary Wilkinson, have been engaged in creating documentary films centered around wildlife, and he has published several books of photography raising awareness on the plight of endangered animals such as leopards, lions, giraffes and elephants. His documentary films, “Lysander’s Song” and “Walking Thunder: Ode to the African Elephant” are about the interactions between humans and elephants. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Greenland is crying — can it be saved from mining and climate change?

By Cyril Christo and   12/08/21
To see the titanic body of the Greenland ice sheet from the air, the colossus of the north looking like a gigantic white blanket stretching all the way to the Hyperborean horizon is to see the future of the world unfolding. Recently, on August 14 and 15th it rained in Greenland,…

We urgently need to save what is left of the animal and plant world

By Cyril Christo and   04/22/21
“Midway between ourselves and the colossal events in the sky, the great beings become interlocutors, whose lives sift the forces of the wind, and water and fire, seeming to say that all such phenomena ultimately are purposeful and ongoing expressions of a meaningful world.” —Paul Shepard, “The Others: How Animals Made…

Insects face a perilous decline. Here’s why that’s dangerous for us.

By Cyril Christo and   02/04/21
“The day we die a soft breeze will wipe out our footprints in the sand. When the wind dies down, who will tell the timelessness that once we walked this way in the dawn of time.” —Bushman Song from “Why Ostriches Don’t Fly” “If we go on the way we…

We can’t sacrifice Africa’s Okavango Delta for oil

By Cyril Christo and   12/16/20
“The day we die a soft breeze will wipe out our footprints in the sand. When the wind dies down, who will tell the timelessness that once we walked this way in the dawn of time.” —Bushman Song from “Why Ostriches Don’t Fly” “And there is an extraordinarily angry and…

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — the American Serengeti — shall not die

By Cyril Christo and   11/25/20
“As a Gwich’in person, I know my family’s food security, culture, spirituality and ways of life are at stake.” —Jody Potts, Native Movement regional director “It is our belief that the future of the Gwich’in and the future of the caribou are the same. Harm to the Porcupine Caribou herd…

We almost lost the world: rolling back the environmental rollbacks

By Cyril Christo and   11/11/20
“It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.” —Ansel Adams “Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can not eat money.” —Chief Seattle It…

Can this simple fix save Arctic ice?

By Cyril Christo and   10/13/20
Scientists are testing a new idea to help slow the melting at the top of the world. “We fear, and never in this century will we cease to fear. We fear the end of man as that old man shaman in the snow had never had cause to fear it.…

We need an international environmental criminal court now

By Cyril Christo and   01/08/20
“Confraternity of the living sun, make the embers of financial and industrial internationalism pale upon the hearth of the earth.” – DH Lawrence “The major problems in the world are the result of the differences between how nature works and the way people think.” – Gregory Bateson It was not…