While I am honoured to receive the 2018 Leif Erikson Exploration History Award from The Exploration Museum in Húsavík, I cannot in good conscience visit Iceland to receive my award given the lack of action by the Icelandic government to end the barbaric hunting of endangered whales. I made the commitment along with more than 200,000 other people to choose tourism over whaling. If we are going to make an impact, we need to do more than talk or put our names on lists. I will not be contributing to Iceland’s tourism economy as long as the country continues this practice.
It’s unfortunate that The Exploration Museum becomes caught in the cross-hairs. My decision to boycott Iceland is in no way a reflection on the value of museum’s work or their position on the issue, nor is it reflective of our feelings towards the Icelandic people.
I love baby harp seals and find it hard to imagine them getting killed for their fur, even though they are a very important part of subsistence hunting in the Arctic. However, hunting and the pelt trade are a small problem compared to the immense threat that climate change poses to these animals. Females need a robust sea ice platform to give birth. With ice becoming more unstable and reduced each season. their future very much hangs on the balance. #stopclimatechange
For years I had listened to amazing stories of @PaulNicklen swimming with leopard seals and I never imagined that I too would get to enjoy the inquisitive, curious disposition of these large seals while on assignment for @NatGeo. The seas surrounding the Antarctic continent are rich and abundant in wildlife; a true treasure on this planet. Surprisingly, they have very little protection. This week, the Convention on the Conservation of Marine Living Resources #CCAMLR will meet to discuss whether or not to protect several more areas. I am hoping that the new reports on the state of climate change give some urgency to their process. #ProtectAntarctica
Photo of a golden lion tamarin in the wild by @jittermeier // They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and I hope that’s true. She may not see it yet, but I can see a better version of myself in my daughter’s beautiful compositions, her exquisite interpretation of light, and the artistic musings of her photography. If I close my eyes, I can see her becoming a poetic photographer and a warrior for our planet. Earth needs you @jittermeier; I hope you will answer your calling!! #mothersanddaughters#photography#hope#grateful
This black manta came straight at me and surprised me as it stopped -just shy of running me over, pivoted and started twirling in a beautiful ballet. I am so proud of my home country of Mexico for affording protection to the ecosystem where these mantas feed. With the proclamation of the Mexican Caribbeam Biosphere reserve Mexico has protected 23% of its ocean territory, a number far superior to the 10% committed to the UN Sustainability Goals. With @Sea_Legacy and @BluespehereFoundation@conanp_mx#VivaMexico#mexico 🇲🇽 🇲🇽 🇲🇽
We're here to protect West Papua, Indonesia—the epicenter of global marine diversity. Home to more species of fish and coral than anywhere else, West Papua also supports the world’s second largest rainforest and the largest mangrove forest—a critical buffer to climate change. But these riches are a constant attraction for exploitation and recently the region has come under increasing threat from both marine and terrestrial pressures. In December, the Indonesian government will vote on whether or not to uphold legislation declaring West Papua region a “conservation province,” which would guarantee its protection from persistent industrial threats. This week, we launched a three week media tour across the region to engage local communities and politicians to ensure their support for this critical law. #ProvinsiKonservasi#ProtectWestPapua@indonesianoceanpride ndonesianOceanPride #TurningTheTide with @conservationid@conservationorg@sea_legacy@firstname.lastname@example.org@bluespherefoundation#papuabarat
I was encouraged at a very young age to pursue my passions. I credit my mother for empowering me. Perhaps this is where my sense of responsibility to mentor, encourage and support girls from all walks of life comes from. I always look for ways to inspire young women to find success in whatever they choose to pursue. These young women from the Vezo Tribe of Southern Madagascar pause from a day of fishing, gathering food for their village, to show me and my camera some sassiness. Empowering girls and young women starts with recognizing us as valuable contributors to our families, our communities and the world we all share. #DayOfTheGirl
At the beginning of the week, the world’s leading scientific experts collectively reinforced what we know about climate change — and how close we are to catastrophe. We need to undergo an urgent and rapid transformation that bolsters commitments and develops solutions that meet the scale of the climate crisis. The solutions are available and many can be found in the small and large choices we all make every day.
Every day is #IndigenousPeopleDay. Around the world, indigenous people, like @reneasmith of the #namgisfirstnation, are fighting to retain their sacred ecology with Mother Earth and to preserve the traditions and cultural practices that have helped maintain the balance between humanity and nature since the beginning of time. Happy Indigenous People Day!