As the smallest of animals, krill provide a foundation for the entire food pyramid, starting with penguins like these and going up the food chain to humpbacks and orcas. Krill are small shrimp-like creatures and serve as the backbone of the Antarctic peninsula. @Sea_Legacy is currently leading a multinational campaign to create a marine protected area that will give safe haven to wildlife and protect krill from rapacious industrial fishing. But we can’t do it alone. Please join @Sea_Legacy to protect the last frontier of southern ice and its animals – from krill to humpback whales. Follow along on our #12DreamsofChristmas wish list by clicking the link in the bio.
When will we stop pulling oil and gas out of the ground in the pursuit of short-sighted greed? Even as the World Bank Group announces its intention to stop funding upstream oil and gas projects after 2019, Norwegian Prime Minister @Erna_Solberg is still considering oil and gas exploration in the same place where thousands of whales congregate to feed, threatening one of the most biodiverse cold-water locations in the world. The waters of Lofoten, Norway are a haven for orcas and humpback whales alike. Let’s tell the Norwegian government officials how we feel. View @sea_legacy’s #12DreamsofChristmas by clicking the link in my bio.
It’s day four on @SeaLegacy’s #12DreamsofChristmas wishlist. Today, I want to talk about Pacific salmon. They are truly beautiful fish. The migration they somehow pull off to survive as a species is nothing short of miraculous. Our wild salmon deserve better than to be infected by diseases and parasites from farmed fish next to their migratory routes. The toxic fish farming industry is a plague in our oceans. Join @Sea_Legacy in protecting the lifeblood of the British Columbia coast, as we put heavy pressure on the B.C. and Canadian governments to regulate the fish farms out of the water and onto land where they will not affect our wild salmon. Click the link in our bio to see a list of #12DreamsofChristmas curated by myself and @PaulNicklen.
When it comes to changing the world, a strong community matters. At @Sea_Legacy, we are proud of our community, and will continue #TurningTheTide for our oceans in their name. In 2018, we will create solutions, build and foster constituencies for marine protected areas, and support First Nations on the B.C. coast. We will do it for @Sea_Legacy’s incredible followers—people who understand the power of togetherness. Click in the link to see a list of #12DreamsofChristmas curated by myself and @paulnicklen. These are the things we want for our oceans.
For the second day of #12DreamsofChristmas, I want to talk about happy bears. A few years back, @PaulNicklen and I were involved in helping get the grizzly bears of Fishing Branch River protected. Seven years ago, we were both involved in kicking off the worldwide coverage of the Great Bear Rainforest and its iconic Spirit Bears, ultimately helping get them protected. The work we do protects bears. It’s also not done yet. We need to create marine protected areas in the Arctic (like the recently created Tallurutiup Imanga / Lancaster Sound), and we need to combat climate change for polar bears in particular. @sea_legacy is working hard build constituencies that demand that world governments cut carbon emissions and create marine protected areas. Consider giving the gift of a membership to The Tide and letting your loved one help in #TurningTheTide for our oceans. Link in bio. #12DreamsofChristmas
My partner @PaulNicklen and I have curated a wishlist for the oceans we’re calling the #12DreamsofChristmas. Our first Christmas dream is healthy reefs. Beneath the thin blue line of our planet’s tropical seas lies a world of biodiversity few will ever see. While on expedition this year to the reefs of Cuba, we raised funds to repair a scientific research centre that had been destroyed by Hurricane Irma. We also discovered a revolutionary concrete product that can be used to rebuild corals. Our dream is to rebuild coral reefs and promote science and sustainable tourism that supports healthy coral reefs around the world. At Christmas, I prefer giving experiences rather than material goods. Instead of purchasing plastic gifts that end up in a landfill, consider giving the gift of a membership to The Tide and letting your loved one help in #TurningTheTide for our oceans. Link in bio. #12DreamsofChristmas
Photos by SeaLegacy Collective members @paulnicklen and @jodymacdonaldphoto // Swipe left to view the SeaLegacy Winter fine-art poster collection or click the link in my bio. Thank you for your generous response. All proceeds will help power @sea_legacy’s efforts in ocean conservation. If you’d still like to pick a poster for a loved one or for yourself, there are now only 48 hours left (Deadline: midnight on December 12th) to order from the @Sea_Legacy Winter 2017 poster collection in time for delivery before Christmas in the U.S. International orders will now arrive after Christmas. Click the link in our bio to see ALL the options, prices, sizes and shipping details: sealegacy.org/store.
Happy holidays and thank you for #TurningTheTide with us.
I photographed this young boy at the Sing Sing Festival in Mount Hagen several years ago. He was one of many children dressed up to compete for the most cultural integrity. Sing-sing festivals are held in Papa New Guinea with a purpose to share, in peaceful celebration, traditions.
70 years ago, the United Nations established the Declaration of Human Rights, with 30 distinct articles. Article 27 decrees that everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits. It adds that everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.
Cultural integrity is something very close to my heart. It is where we find "Enoughness" - the practice of finding contentment in culture instead of material things. #Enoughness | @UNFoundation | @UnitedNations |
On Tuesday, we shared a video of a starving polar bear. It was sad to film, but so important to share. We need perspective into the future for polar bears, and this provided that perspective. Unless we curb carbon emissions and pursue solutions to achieve drawdown, this is the grim fate for species. The good news is that a wide array of both proven and promising new solutions already exist. Reforesting the oceans and restarting natural nutrient cycles can drawdown carbon, deacidify and cool surface waters, at the same time as producing sustainable food and biofuel. @Sea_Legacy went to the Canadian Arctic to document the effects of climate change. We found them. We also found healthy bears like this one hunting on a beautiful piece of ice. Join The Tide (link in bio) to help us continue to show the world what’s a stake and how we can fix it. #TurningTheTide
I was mesmerized by the beauty of this glacier on our last day on Lancaster Sound. As I stood in silence pondering the incredible journey this ice has taken, I thought about how difficult it is to talk about climate change, especially with friends and family who don’t share the same worldview. In the scientific community, there is an almost unanimous (97%) agreement that anthropogenic (human-caused) climate change is real. Very real, and very dangerous, as we’ve seen in Southern California this past week. This holiday season you will be surrounded by family. It’s a great opportunity to talk about the subject, but perhaps a little intimidating. Seek out the @NasaClimateChange webpage, save the info to your phone, and share it with deniers. But do not engage in battle. Be gentle. Be patient. We all need to learn to live in this changing world together. Thank you for listening. #TurningTheTide with @Sea_Legacy.
I photographed this polar bear as it patrolled a small crack on the sea ice hoping for a seal—its main prey—to pop out for a breath. Both polar bears and seals need ice to survive, and their icy world is changing rapidly. Perhaps the most wide-reaching and harmful threat to our ocean ecosystems comes from the increase in carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, which causes sea ice to melt and polar bears to starve, but also contributes to raging fires like the one currently happening in Southern California. Climate change affects us all and the impacts are starting to knock on everyone’s door. The good news is, little changes can create big shifts, so I encourage you to be part of the change with what you choose to eat, how you choose to move around, and how much you choose to purchase. Thank you for caring.