#repost @cnnclimate New research shows that plant species are going extinct up to 500 times faster than the rate they would without human intervention. In just the past 250 years, nearly 600 plant species have been wiped out. That's more than twice the number of bird, mammal and amphibian species that have met the same fate, according to the new study. “Plants underpin all life on earth, they provide the oxygen we breathe and the food we eat, as well as making up the backbone of the world’s ecosystems—so plant extinction is bad news for all species,” said one of the study’s authors. (📸: Getty Images )
Photos by Kirsten Luce @kirstenluce | Scenes from Maetaman Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Here we witnessed liberal use of bullhooks during and after performances and during elephant rides. We also met a four-year-old female elephant named Meena that was kept on a spiked ankle chain. Her handler (mahout ) uses a nail pressed into her face to guide her while she paints pictures for tourists. This location is particularly interesting because the owners also run a new outfit called “Elephant Eco Valley,” a lush green area where a handful of elephants roam free and visitors observe them from raised boardwalks. It's a more expensive experience and is typically marketed to ethically-conscious tourists. There are no rides offered or bullhooks visibly used. However, visitors have no idea that the very same elephants also work next door at Maetaman Elephant Camp. For the June 2019 issue, writer @natashaldaly and I traveled the world to learn about wildlife tourism and the suffering that goes on behind the scenes. Our intention is not to shame tourists who have had these encounters but to arm our readers with information that will help them identify potentially abusive situations for animals. To learn more, read the story at natgeo.com/wildlifetourism and follow @world_animal_protection , a nonprofit that works to raise help animals in the tourism industry.
Photos by Kirsten Luce @kirstenluce | A polar bear performs with trainer Yulia Denisenko in Kazan, Russia. This is a rare example of performing polar bears. The four bears are fitted with metal muzzles and their trainer holds a metal rod. Though controversial, it is not illegal in Russia for these bears to perform. Polar bears are a threatened species and a powerful symbol for conservation. For the June 2019 issue of National Geographic, writer @natashaldaly and I traveled the world to learn about wildlife tourism and the suffering that goes on behind the scenes. Our intention is not to shame tourists who have had these encounters but to arm our readers with information that will help them identify potentially abusive situations for animals. To learn more, read our story at natgeo.com/wildlifetourism and follow @world_animal_protection which works to raise awareness and help animals in the tourism industry.
👊🏽🌴👊🏽 GOOD GUYS WIN!!! A real David v. Goliath story that results in a win for all of humanity. As Rachel Riederer for the @newyorkermag reports, “On April 26th, a parade of hundreds of Waorani men and women, members of an indigenous nation in a remote part of the Ecuadorian Amazon, marched triumphantly through the streets of Puyo, the regional capital of the eastern province of Pastaza. Many had come from villages in parts of the rain forest that have no roads—journeying by canoe and small plane. They were celebrating a new court ruling, which held that the Ecuadorian government could not, as it had planned, auction off their land for oil exploration without their consent. Nemonte Nenquimo, a Waorani leader, told me that they had come to Puyo to reclaim their right to self-governance and that the verdict had made them feel safer. “The court recognized that the government violated our right to live free, and make our own decisions about our territory and self determination,” she said, over WhatsApp. “Our territory is our decision, and now, since we are owners, we are not going to let oil enter and destroy our natural surroundings and kill our culture.” #justice #rainforest #saveourplanet #environment #sustainableliving #greennewdeal #ecuador #waorani #indigenous
Time to educate #repost @natgeo Photos by Kirsten Luce @kirstenluce | “Wildlife tourism isn’t new, but social media is setting the industry ablaze, turning encounters with exotic animals into photo-driven bucket-list toppers. Activities once publicized mostly in guidebooks now are shared instantly with multitudes of people by selfie-taking backpackers, tourbus travelers, and social media "influencers" through a tap on their phone screens,” writes Natasha Daly. Taking photos with elephants in Thailand is increasingly popular. Here we see a bride and groom in Phuket, tourists posing after a performance in Pattaya, and personal photo shoots at upscale hotels and resorts in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. While these scenes might appear benign, it’s important to understand the training that goes into these encounters: In order for elephants to be docile enough to interact with tourists, the vast majority are separated early from their mothers and trained using fear-based methods that involve metal instruments like the bullhook. For the June 2019 issue of National Geographic, writer @natashaldaly and I traveled the world to learn about wildlife tourism and the suffering that goes on behind the scenes. Our intention is not to shame tourists who have had these encounters but to arm our readers with information that will help them identify potentially abusive situations for animals. To learn more, read the story at natgeo.com/wildlifetourism and follow @wildlife_friends_foundation , a nonprofit that works on the ground to help animals in the tourism industry in Thailand.
We see mountains of plastic in India as well, it doesn’t just end here #repost Plastic recyclables from the US and other wealthy countries are overwhelming facilities in Malaysia that process them. That means plastics that are too expensive or difficult to process often end up in landfills like this one, where CNN’s @ivancnn recently visited. To learn more, click the link in our bio.
#nopalmoil #repost @bbcnews Forests are being cut down in Indonesia to make space for palm oil to be grown and it's driving orangutans into the path of farmers. Some of those farmers shoot the apes with air rifles to scare them away. Join us on a journey to Leuser rainforest to meet people trying to save the animals.... (watch the whole story on @bbcnews igtv to see the bitter reality ) #nopalmoil