During our recent expedition to the Northwest Passage and Lancaster Sound, the crew of the MV Archimedes treated @Sea_Legacy like gold, allowing my team to focus on telling stories and gathering images to show the world what’s at stake up there. I want to send an Arctic-sized thank you out to the whole team of the Archimedes and @EYOSexpeditions. Let’s do it again. #turningthetide #instagood #polarbear #conservation #bears
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While in the Arctic with the @Sea_Legacy expedition crew a few months ago, @CristinaMittermeier and I documented a starving polar bear roaming through an abandoned Inuit camp along the shores of Baffin Island. A noted bear biologist could not pinpoint exactly what had caused this bear to starve to death. We do know that he didn’t have any visible wounds and that he was not old. At one time, this bear would have been a big healthy male, like the beautiful bear pictured here. Many of you asked if we could have saved the starving bear or euthanized him to ease his pain. Thank you for all your engagement and for caring about these bears as much as I do. The truth—which is hard to hear—is that he was on his last legs. His muscles had atrophied beyond repair. Plus, it would have been highly illegal to feed him or approach him. Obviously, we could not euthanize him, for legal, cultural and personal reasons. Instead of becoming angry or hopeless, we must work harder for solutions. There is hope for the remaining population of 25,000 polar bears. It’s up to all of us to change our habits if we want to see results. Click the link in my bio to learn more about these solutions and how they will work towards drawdown, where the warming of the planet finally stops, and reverses.
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I am back in New York City to attend events at the @PaulNicklenGallery on Dec 9th and 10th. Please contact them for questions regarding events, prices and prints. This print is available in open edition at a holiday-friendly price, with partial proceeds going to @Sea_Legacy. I will be signing these prints—as well as copies of my books. Both @CristinaMittermeier and I will be there for the weekend, so make sure not to miss us.
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While on expedition this year in Cuba, @Sea_Legacy raised $10,000 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 pie-in-the-sky dream is to rebuild coral reefs and promote both science and sustainable tourism that supports healthy coral reefs everywhere. Do you believe it’s possible? My partner @CristinaMittermeier and I have curated a wishlist for the oceans. It’s called the #12DreamsofChristmas and our first Christmas dream is healthy reefs. Instead of purchasing plastic gifts that inevitably go into garbage or recycle, consider giving the gift of a membership to The Tide and letting your loved one help in #TurningTheTide for our oceans. #12DreamsofChristmas
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There is nothing I’d love more for Christmas than to know polar bears are healthy, happy and protected. As the apex predator in the Arctic, and an animal I grew up in close proximity to on Baffin Island, these bears represent the general health of an ecosystem. For this to happen, 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. @Sea_Legacy is working hard build constituencies that demand that world governments cut carbon emissions and create marine protected areas. If you’d like to help convince these government entities to protect bears of all kinds, please consider giving the gift of a membership to The Tide and letting your loved one help in #TurningTheTide for our bears. Follow @sea_legacy to learn more. #12DreamsofChristmas
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When I first began photography in the ancient days of slide film, I was a young biologist who only wanted to capture the beauty of the Arctic. As I became established as a professional, my job took me further and delved deeper into many different ecosystems, almost all of which I began to understand were fragile. I could not ignore what was happening in front of my lens. I still can’t. As we hit day three of the #12DreamsofChristmas and its theme “Find Your Pod,” I am happy to say I have found my pod in @Sea_Legacy. Togther with @CristinaMittermeier, I am proud to lead us forward as a conservation organization that seeks solutions and hope before conflict. Will you join us in #TurningTheTide for our oceans? View the #12DreamsofChristmas by following @Sea_Legacy and @CristinaMittermeier
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My entire @Sea_Legacy team was pushing through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear. It’s a soul-crushing scene that still haunts me, but I know we need to share both the beautiful and the heartbreaking if we are going to break down the walls of apathy. This is what starvation looks like. The muscles atrophy. No energy. It’s a slow, painful death. When scientists say polar bears will be extinct in the next 100 years, I think of the global population of 25,000 bears dying in this manner. There is no band aid solution. There was no saving this individual bear. People think that we can put platforms in the ocean or we can feed the odd starving bear. The simple truth is this—if the Earth continues to warm, we will lose bears and entire polar ecosystems. This large male bear was not old, and he certainly died within hours or days of this moment. But there are solutions. We must reduce our carbon footprint, eat the right food, stop cutting down our forests, and begin putting the Earth—our home—first. Please join us at @sea_legacy as we search for and implement solutions for the oceans and the animals that rely on them—including us humans. Thank you your support in keeping my @sea_legacy team in the field. With @CristinaMittermeier #turningthetide with @Sea_Legacy #bethechange #nature #naturelovers This video is exclusively managed by Caters News. To license or use in a commercial player please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 121 616 1100 / +1 646 380 1615”