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Photo by @paulnicklen// For three seasons in the ‘90’s, I had the privilege of working as a polar bear guide in Churchill, Manitoba. To spend time with polar bears day-in and day-out was a tremendous gift. I had just left my job as a wildlife biologist in the Northwest Territories. Science is the foundation of knowledge but it often fails to make the emotional connection required to break down the walls of apathy. Some people will simply never believe in climate change despite irrefutable scientific evidence, loss of species and habitat, bizarre weather events, and unprecedented natural disasters. So, as we head into holidays—where many of us will find ourselves debating with loved ones about important topics like climate change—do yourself a favour and search “global temperatures over the past 100 years.” Find one of the innumerable graphs and studies that show the consistent rise in temperature since the beginning of the industrial revolution. The @nasaclimatechangewebsite has fantastic information. Share it with others. Kill everyone with kindness, intelligence, patience and empathy as the climate change crisis is urgent and important. #followme on @paulnicklento see some of my favorite images as we head into Christmas. #gratitude#bear#polarbear#nature#naturelovers#bethechange
Photo by @maggiesteber.In Haiti religious pilgrims pray at the top of a mountain outside of Gonaives. They climbed every morning during the Christmas season, as they explained, to be closer to their God. I had seen people on top of this mountain many times when driving to the north and always at this time of year.One morning some years ago I climbed the mountain myself before the sun rose to find out what they were doing. When I got to the top, no easy feat in the dark, I sat there wondering if anyone would arrive. Finally as the sun came up one by one the pilgrims arrived.I sat and watched them for a time until the minister arrived. I asked if I could photograph the gathering praying and he said yes because they wanted the message to get out to everyone, that this was the time to be thankful for what they called the greatest gift. I asked if they had a church and the minister told me that there was no greater church than Nature itself. In a country where many well-meaning people go to build churches for Haitians, this response reaffirmed my admiration for Haitians who see beauty in their country that strangers often miss. If there is a lesson here, it’s that while people might seem poor, they can also imagine themselves richly as the most fortunate people on earth in their love of the land and country.#haiti#gonaives#christmas#religion
Photographed on assignment by @ciriljazbecfor the current issue of National Geographic Magazine. Entrepreneurs collaborate at a popular technology-innovation center in Nairobi called iHub Nairobi, where they share ideas, take classes, and participate in hackathons, competing to solve challenging software problems. Young, tech-savvy Africans have flocked to Kenya’s nascent version of Silicon Valley, nicknamed Silicon Savannah, seeking the money and expertise to create groundbreaking technology solutions.Follow the link in my profile @ciriljazbecto read 'How Africa's Tech Generation Is Changing the Continent'. #natgeo#story#africa#tech#startups#revolution#kenya#innovation#nairobi
Photo by @ljohnphoto.Cannabis is a lifesaver for this family. Mom, Shannan and her sons, Joseph, 9, and Oliver, 7, have each been helped by the plant as true medicine. It is a cancer / pain fighting ally for Shannan, a calming medicine for Joseph who is on the autistic spectrum and fights severe anxieties, and Oliver who uses the oil to control seizures and shrink the multiple malignant tumors that cause them. @thephotosociety#cannabis#cannabisismedicine#livingproof#mmj#teamsuperbean#joeysalphabetsoup
Photo by @argonautphoto(Aaron Huey). Matt Redd rounding up cattle on the Dugout Ranch in Indian Creek, Utah (now owned and operated by the Nature Conservancy). Photographed on assignment covering the land battles over #bearsearsnationalmonument . To see more images of Matt and ongoing coverage of the National Monuments struggle, follow @argonautphoto.
Photo by @shonephoto(Robbie Shone) - Suspended on a thin rope and immersed by light from a tiny opening in the Earths surface, an explorer makes his way up 900 ft in Kačna jama (cave) near Divača, in Slovenia. The cave is the third longest cave in Slovenia and is one of several locations that offers a gateway down to the mighty Reka River. This portfolio of photographs we have been sharing were shot for @natgeoadventurefrom the famous river caves of Slovenia, birth place of speleology and home to the 'human fish'. With my caving colleagues I visited 8 caves, each one varied and different with its own personality.
Photograph by @paulnicklen// A sunflower seastar (Pycnopodia helianthoides) works stealthily across the ocean floor in search of food. They can grow up to 3 feet in diameter and travel at rip roaring speeds of 3 feet a minute as they seek out sea urchins. Water temperatures off the coast of the US and Canada have warmed by several degrees and tragically, this starfish species was the hardest hit from an aptly named disease called “starfish wasting disease”. I took this image several years ago when this species was everywhere. Now, they have all but vanished from this coast.#climatechange#warmingoceans
Photo by @christian_foto(Christian Rodríguez) |Taiana Cezario Da Silva (16 years old) became a young mother at the age of 15. She is the third of seven siblings, and a daughter of a teenage mother, in Complexodo Alemão, a large settlement of favelas in Rio de Janeiro.Taiana met her boyfriend in the favela. Shortly after starting their relationship she got pregnant, and after three months her boyfriend was sent to prison for drug trafficking. She had to leave school to take care of her daughter. She hopes she can go back to school some day, and study medicine. "Complexo de Alemão" is the largest set of favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This photo is part of the project "Teen mom" about teen pregnancy in Latin America. The series made in Rio de Janeiro analyzes the issue of teenage pregnancy in low socioeconomic contexts.Girls who become pregnant before they are 18 rarely achieve an adequate standard of living. The patterns of poverty and limited access to education and health care are a common thread among teen pregnancies.Brazil could have increased its productivity up to US $3.5 billion if adolescent girls in that country postponed pregnancy until their twenties. (Population Fund of the United Nations)To learn more about the Teen Mom project, please follow @christian_foto#teenmom#youngmother#brazil#latinamerica