The Last Ice combines visuals captured by world-renowned photographers and commentary from conservation experts, focusing on the critical importance of polar ice caps for the planet's future health. This volume aims to inspire and elevate the collective voice to address the global environmental crisis resulting from a warming world, the erosion of biodiversity, and the escalating impact of human beings on our planet.
"In the pages of The Last Ice, readers will not only travel to some of the most remote frozen lands but also comprehend the vital importance of preserving the integrity of polar ecosystems while grasping the magnitude of this global challenge," said Fernando A. González, CEO of Cemex. "As global leaders convene at the COP28 Climate Summit in Dubai to drive global climate actions, this year's book responds to this challenge and underscores Cemex's commitment to protecting our natural heritage."
Cristina Mittermeier, one of our most influential conservation photographers and co-founder of the non-profit organisation SeaLegacy, is the book's editor.
"This book gives a voice to scientists and brings forward innovation and conservation," said Cristina Mittermeier, who has edited the series for over 15 years. "The book series reflects Cemex's commitment to protecting biodiversity and is one of the projects of which I am proudest of in my career."
Covering more than one-third of our planet, polar regions are home to diverse animal and plant species. Nevertheless, scientists estimate that there is nearly 40% less ice cover at the peak of summer than in 1920, and the Arctic Ocean could be entirely ice-free by 2040.
Since 1993, Cemex has published a new book every year to guide its global audiences and reinforce its commitment to promoting a culture of biodiversity conservation. This year's volume is published in collaboration with SeaLegacy and other conservation organisations continuously seeking constructive, nature-based solutions to climate change.
Cemex's conservation efforts are part of its Future in Action programme, which focuses on achieving sustainable excellence through climate action, circularity, and natural resource management, with the primary objective of becoming a net-zero CO₂ company by 2050.