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9 Nature Photos to Remind You to Love the Earth

Greenpeace recently celebrated Nature Photography Day to highlight the crucial role that photography plays in the environmental movement, allowing us to tell stories, convey emotion, and compel action in a language that everyone understands.

Right now, many of us are living through a period of unprecedented turbulence. As we call for action and justice for the most vulnerable in our societies, thoughts are already beginning to turn to how we step into the next phase of human history. In this time of uncertainty, I know how important it is to remember to stop, breathe, and appreciate the life around you.

So that’s why I’ve compiled a small selection of iconic Greenpeace images that I hope will bring some joy and inspiration into your life — if even for a moment. Enjoy!

1. Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) in Canadian boreal forest. These tiny birds can beat their wings more than 50 times per second. Despite their size, they migrate from Central America to Canadian forests each year. Photo: Dave Taylor

2. Arctic Ice Sculptures

Ice sculpture in the Arctic. Photo: Markus Mauthe.

3. Land Cover in Southern Papua

Documentation of landcover of Southern Papua. Photo:Ulet Ilfansasti.

3. Coral Reef

Schooling fish swim over a coral reef. Once having the highest income per capita in the Pacific, Nauru’s economy and environment collapsed after decades of phosphate mining had been depleted. With virtually nothing more to trade, the island nation is staking its hopes on protection of fisheries in its waters and the nearby international waters. Photo: Paul Hilton.

4. African Elephants

Elephants in the Masai Mara Savanna, Kenya, Africa. Photo: Markus Mauthe.

5. Lion’s Mane Jellyfish

Lion’s Mane Jellyfish. A selection of deep sea creatures that are found in the Arctic. The animals were documented by marine biologist, explorer and underwater photographer Alexander Semenov, head of the divers’ team at Moscow State University’s White Sea biological station. Photo: Alexander Semenov.

6. Hallerbos Forest

The Hallerbos Forest in Belgium. Common Bluebell (Hyacinthoides) in beech forest. Photo: Markus Mauthe.

7. Walrus on Ice Floe

A walrus relaxes atop an ice floe with Sjettebreen glacier on the background in Svalbard. The Esperanza and Arctic Sunrise are in Svalbard on the first leg of one of Greenpeace’s biggest ever expeditions: an almost year-long pole to pole voyage from the Arctic to the Antarctic, to highlight the many threats facing the oceans. Photo: Denis Sinyakov.

8. Northern Lights

Northern lights at Lake Inari in North Finland. Photo: Markus Mauthe.

9. Achiote Fruit

Achiote (Bixa orellana), fruit known for the red paint it provides, near the Tapajós river, next to Sawré Muybu Indigenous Land, home to the Munduruku people, Pará state, Brazil. Photo: Valdemir Cunha.

From a bird’s-eye view and the darkest, deepest oceans, to forest fires and flooded towns, photography has come a long way in driving environmental activism and bearing witness to the changing world. These incredible photographers are telling the stories of their own communities, breaking the silence about underreported crises, and inspiring us to fight for a better planet for us all.

We’ve captured many moving and captivating moments within Greenpeace. Together we have inspired and created real change, and we have many victories to be proud of. We have also captured serious challenges which threaten everything we fight for. Despite this, we have and will continue alongside the millions of you who choose to stand with us in the fight for a just, green, and peaceful world.

This article is reprinted with permission from Greenpeace. You can see the original story here.

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Mariah De Los Santosis the online content associate at Greenpeace USA. She is based in Washington D.C.


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