A Gunrun Project

The Sweet Days Are Gone

Sharafkhaneh port, East Azerbaijan province, Iran
Solmaz Daryani, December 21, 2015

The relationships between places and past events shape human identity and provide memories that are a reservoir of pain and joy; they connect the chain of time between past and future. In addition to other characteristics, my place of birth, beliefs and ethnic roots all constitute a part of my identity.

Thanks to Drought, Spiral Jetty Back Again

Rozel Point, Utah, United States
Shoka Javadiangilani, December 23, 2014

Built by American artist Robert Smithson over six days during a drought in 1970, ‘Spiral Jetty’, a 1,500 foot long (460 meter) and 15 feet wide (4.6 meter) counterclockwise coil made of basalt rock and earth, juts from the shore into the pinkish colored waters of Utah’s Great Salt Lake.

Ashokan Reservoir

West Hurley, New York, United States
Balazs Gardi, December 7, 2014

Ashokan is one of the 19 reservoirs that supply 1 billion gallons of fresh water to the City of NewYork every day.

Todonyang Plains

Turkana, Kenya
Balazs Gardi, March 4, 2014

The Turkana herdsmen, who live a semi-nomadic pastoralist lifestyle, struggle to cope with the harsh consequences of climate change in the arid northwestern tip of Kenya. Due to the reoccurring and prolonged drought grazing land in the region is diminishing leaving little to support the Turkana tribes.

Inanda Dam

Durban, South Africa
Balazs Gardi, November 7, 2013

The Inanda Dam was constructed in 1987 to provide Durban with drinking water. Heavy storms caused the nearly completed dam to fill prematurely, driving hundreds of families to run for their lives. By being forced to leave behind their land and livestock, many lost the only means to sustain themselves. Never compensated for their loss, these impoverished families continue to live in temporary shelters that were provided by the government twenty-six years earlier.

Remembering Those Killed in the Fight Against a US Mining Firm’s Interest

Celendin, Peru
Balazs Gardi, July 3, 2013

It was exactly a year ago when Eleuterio García Rojas was killed in front of the city hall of the small Andean town of Celendin. He was an innocent bystander caught between the angry crowd protesting against a proposed open-cast gold mine and the government security forces. He was one of three killed during the protest. The following day Peru’s president would declare a state of emergency in the region’s three provinces.

“The peasant squads used to be worried about petty crimes – a stolen cow and things like that – but now they are defending our land and water from multinational companies”

− Milton Sanchez,

Peruvian Activist

Copenhagen’s Unique Line of Defense from the Middle Ages

Copenhagen, Denmark
Balazs Gardi, June 18, 2013

By damming a natural stream in the early Middle Ages a system of lakes were created to serve as a natural defense line and to provide water to the city in the event of an attack. Later, for centuries, the lakes served as reservoirs providing drinking water to Copenhagen.

The Blue Lagoon

Conga mine, Cajamarca Region, Peru
Balazs Gardi, May 15, 2013

We came here to the alpine wetlands of the Peruvian Andes to meet Maxima Acuna de Chaupe who has lived next to the lagoon, Laguna Azul, with her family for the past 25 years. Her property became part of the proposed Conga mine and ever since she has been in a fierce fight with the ‘new owners’ who would do just about anything to drive her off this land. As she was away visiting officials in the city of Cajamarca to discuss the latest developments over the disputed land her son Daniel greeted us in front of their tiny adobe home.

Toxic Wasteland Named After the Lake it Destroyed

Cajamarca, Peru
Balazs Gardi, May 2, 2013

The Yanacocha goldmine was named after the lake that had since been destroyed by the company after the operation started twenty years ago. Up to date the mine produced over $7 billion worth of gold for its Denver, Colorado based owners, destroyed over 250 square kilometers alpine wetland, poisoned over a thousand Peruvian people with mercury, and contaminated lakes and streams with cyanide and other acidic runoffs.

“Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are organic compounds that are resistant to environmental degradation through chemical, biological, and photolytic processes. Because of this, they have been observed to persist in the environment, to be capable of long-range transport, bioaccumulate in human and animal tissue, biomagnify in food chains, and to have potential significant impacts on human health and the environment”

− Wikipedia

The World Did Not End, Now What?

Oakland, United States
Balazs Gardi, December 21, 2012

The world still exists although the over five thousand-year-old Mayan calendar has officially ended. To be honest I wasn’t really surprised since my friends in New Zealand had safely passed the doomsday deadline while I went to bed halfway around the globe.

Not everyone expected this day to be our last. Some interpreted it as the beginning of a new world rather than the end of it, others saw it as an opportunity for a global shift in awareness, a transformation in consciousness.