Environmental Hero. Visual Artist. Goodwill Ambassador.
Combining tales of global adventure with award-winning images and film, paired with groundbreaking new science from Project Drawdown, Mattias shares with his audiences the urgent and moral imperative we have of saving our natural treasures so they might save us. Born in Uppsala, Sweden, Mattias has worked full-time as a photographer since 1986, and as a cinematographer and director on numerous film and television projects since 1994. He is internationally recognized for describing and portraying animals, plants, and natural and cultural settings in the form of articles, books, films, lectures and exhibitions. His artistic photographic language has rendered him success not only in the world of documentaries but also in the art scene.
Mattias has documented our natural world in places like Borneo (where he has worked for over 20 years), Malaysia, India, Nigeria, Brazil, Costa Rica, Guyana, Thailand, South Africa, China, Iceland, Galapagos, Ecuador, Botswana, Panama, Mongolia, Peru, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Hawaii and Antarctica. His work in Borneo is credited with bringing to the world’s attention the critical loss of biodiversity as a result of the thoughtless proliferation of palm oil plantations.
His work has been recognized by the King of Sweden with its Medal of the 8th Grade. Mattias was also named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and a Goodwill Ambassador for IUCN. Mattias serves on the Board of Trustees of WWF Sweden and is a Fellow of The National Geographic Society, Stockholm Resilience Centre, and The Linnean Society of London.
A longtime fan favorite on stage, Mattias expertly blends storytelling, humor and passion to bring the biodiversity crisis front and center in a way that makes you want to step up and act in ways large and small to protect what remains for the sheer glory and privilege of being a part of the solution.
The Planet in Our Hands
Through dramatic images and heart-stopping tales of facing down an Asiatic lion, embedding with a tribe of meerkats, stalking deadly vipers, and nearly getting burned alive atop a hot air balloon over a dense Amazon jungle, Mattias tells the story of a planet Earth as the truly complex system it is. A masterful storyteller, he weaves humor, beauty and wonder into each talk, earning him a cult following and reminding us that what we have is worth saving. In the words of Jane Goodall in support of one of Mattias’s books, “There is hope if only we can bridge the gap between the clever human brain and the compassionate human heart and act now...Mattias Klum leads the way with scientific clarity, powerful storytelling, and inspiring and award-winning photography”.
Photos: courtesy Mattias Klum
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