#Regram#RG@bertiegregory: A lettuce coral covered in anthias in the Northern Red Sea. The diversity (the number of different species) of coral reefs is mind blowing. It is estimated that whilst they only occupy 1% of the ocean floor, they are home to more than 25% of the ocean's biodiversity! Coral reefs all around the world are in trouble but why should we care? Well, aside from just being awesome, they provide so many functions that are vital to human existence including coastline storm protection, fisheries production, tourism and climate regulation.
#Regram#RG@paulnicklen: “Charismatic megafauna” is a term often used in conservation circles. It essentially means giant, majestic animals that make people emotional. Think humpback whales, polar bears and tigers—the all-stars. Obviously, I love working with these big, beautiful animals as much as the next guy—if not more—but I’m still attracted to the little ones. Like this sunflower starfish in the Falkland Islands (Las Malvinas). When the canopy of macrocystis kelp is pierced by afternoon light and lights up the seafloor, the small creatures have the same power to make us emotional. That’s why I believe it’s important to ask people to get outside more often. Conservation is about a connection to the land and water, and it’s hard to connect with something you’re unfamiliar with. Go outside, get under the water, climb a mountain, or just walk in the park. Any time outside is good for us, and for the earth. #TurningTheTide for @sea_legacy
Shifting the protein in your diet from animal meat to the plant-based proteins developed by Beyond Meat is one of the most powerful measures someone can take to reduce their impact on our climate. Proud to be an investor in @BeyondMeat to help combat climate change. Learn more via link in bio.
Thank you @EPN for your continued efforts to protect our oceans. #Regram#RG@leonardodicapriofdn: Great work by the Mexican Government following the announcement of its intent to create a new marine reserve in the Pacific Ocean, the largest protected area of its kind in North America. The massive planned expansion of the #Revillagigedo#marine park was announced at the #OurOcean conference in Malta. Follow the link in bio to learn more.
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#Regram#RG@franslanting: Iguazu Falls is one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world. It straddles the border of Brazil and Argentina and attracts millions of visitors from all over the world. Yet this magnificent expression of wild water on an epic scale is vulnerable to the effects of climate change. A few years ago a severe drought impacted the two rivers that feed Iguazu Falls so dramatically that the thundering falls were reduced to trickles for months. The water did rebound when rain returned to the region upstream, but it is sobering to realize that even the most powerful phenomena in nature are affected by our collective impact on the planet. Follow me @FransLanting for more images and stories about our changing earth.
The island nation of #Niue has announced the protection of 40% of its waters. The protected area will include deep ocean seamounts and the biodiversity-rich Beveridge Reef, home to the highest density of grey reef sharks in the world. As the global community comes together at #OurOcean 2017 to address the challenges facing the ocean, this South Pacific island is taking an extraordinary leadership role by establishing a park of this magnitude. @natgeopristineseas
The U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) is one of the world’s most indispensable environmental laws, essential to saving imperiled #wildlife around the globe. But despite the ESA’s undeniable success in protecting wildlife and #ecosystems in the U.S. and abroad, some powerful members of Congress and special interest groups are trying to dismantle it. We need your help to save this landmark Act before it’s too late. Join us and IFAW in taking #OneActForAll. Link in bio.