Pep Bonet

Photographer, Filmmaker & DOP
     
Blackfields
Location: Mallorca, España
Nationality: Spanish
Biography: Pep Bonet (Mallorca, 1974) is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer who has traveled extensively capturing profound moments that represent the unbalanced world in which we live. His longer-term projects focus on African issues, with his most... MORE
Public Story
Blackfields
Copyright Pep Bonet / NOOR 2022
Updated Feb 2021
Topics Black and White, Climate change; contamination; coal; black coal; brown coal; industry; Eastern Europe; factories; pollution; consequences; enviroment; energy; landscape; labour; silesia; water; destruction; mining, Documentary, Editorial, Fine Art, Landscape, Mixed Medium, Multimedia, Photography, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Travel
                               

Blackfields: Poland’s Coal Industry

Poland is the second largest coal producer and consumer in all of Europe and consequently one of the most polluted and polluting countries. From all fossil fuels brown coal is the one that has the biggest impact on climate change, producing 1/3 of the worlds CO2 emissions.
Pep Bonet visited the region of Upper Silesia – one of the most heavily industrialized and polluted areas in the continent – to document the environmental and humanitarian impact of coal mining.
During his trip to Poland Pep visited “Adamow”, a coal mine that pumps 80 to 120 million-m3 of water out of the ground every year. Dry grounds enable the extraction of brown coal but the lack of water makes the land infertile affecting the life of local inhabitants. Pep: “the surrounding burnt-out landscape is littered with heaps of coal waste, trucks and excavators. Deep in the mine, conveyor belts slither along, laden with earth and rock. On the observation deck built around the hole, people fall silent; the view has a sobering effect”.
Poland has one of the highest numbers of lakes in the world and the current developments of expanding mining throughout the country will have a serious impact on these natural resources. Devastating effects can occur on the fragile ecosystem endangering several species. Marshes and peat bogs can also dry up, causing irreversible destruction.
Researchers believe that the impact of these new mining operations will affect not only surrounding areas but also regions hundreds of kilometers away. If mining companies continue to refuse considering these facts and reevaluate their plans, the damage caused by opencast mining in Poland might have only begun.
Based on a story by Marta Kazmierska | Greenpeace.
                 
5,655

Also by Pep Bonet —

VISUAL STORY

Isabella and Rose

Pep Bonet
VISUAL STORY

Garden Angels

Pep Bonet / Rome
VISUAL STORY

Out of plastic

Pep Bonet / NOOR
VISUAL STORY

Opera Campaign 2

Pep Bonet
VISUAL STORY

Opera Campaign

Pep Bonet
VISUAL STORY

One Goal

Pep Bonet / Freetown Sierra Leone
VISUAL STORY

Fortune´s gift

Pep Bonet / NOOR
VISUAL STORY

The Tuscan Shaper

Pep Bonet / NOOR
VISUAL STORY

The other side of speed

Pep Bonet / NOOR
VISUAL STORY

Afronauts

Pep Bonet / NOOR
VISUAL STORY

Wacken Open Air

Pep Bonet / NOOR
VISUAL STORY

RIGHT TO IDENTITY

Pep Bonet / NOOR / Tanzania
VISUAL STORY

Into the shadows

Pep Bonet /NOOR
VISUAL STORY

Ponerse al día

Pep Bonet / NOOR
VISUAL STORY

Transparaíso

Pep Bonet / NOOR
VISUAL STORY

The most beautiful hell I know

Pep Bonet / NOOR
VISUAL STORY

Showreel

Pep Bonet / NOOR
VISUAL STORY

The kid, the fox and the skull

Pep Bonet / NOOR
VISUAL STORY

TAIFA (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

Pep Bonet
VISUAL STORY

Hellbangers

Pep Bonet
VISUAL STORY

Motorhead (Official Videos)

Pep Bonet
VISUAL STORY

Hellbangers

Pep Bonet / botswana
Join us
For more access