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Did you know that Earth Day is 49 years old? The first ever Earth Day occurred on April 22, 1970 when 20 million Americans from coast to coast rallied for environmental reform in their country. Since that first day, April 22 has gained international recognition as a time for celebrating the earth and taking action. Still, our polar ice caps are warming faster than ever before and we lose plant and animal species every day. I have dedicated my life and my lens to sharing stories about the earth and the ocean, making places like Antarctica more accessible to people who might never get to see them with their own eyes. But there are plenty of other ways you can help! You can turn off the lights when you don't need them, or turn down the thermostat in your home, or you can plant a tree! Tell me - how will you celebrate Earth Day this year? . . . #earthday #ocean #climatechange #saveourseas #saveourplanet #ice

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Happy Easter everyone! Holidays like this one are times for celebrating family, and for giving thanks. I would not be the person I am today if it were not for my family. @SeaLegacy would also not be what it is today if it weren't for all of your passion and support. Thank you for #TurningTheTide with us! The volume and strength of our collective voices grows more profound everyday. 🌊 . . . #community #family #holiday #gratitude

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What will the future hold for young girls in Ghana if they are stuck in poverty? Working parents leave their children with the grandmothers while they try to make ends meet by selling fish. Sadly, when things get rough, selling or giving children away into slavery is one way families cope with poverty. Traditionally, a Ghanian woman's social status and prestige are tied to the number of children she produces; the idea being that more children is better, but this is an unfortunate reality that feeds a cycle of poverty difficult to escape. Watch @CNN's documentary "Troubled Waters" to learn more about the relationship between poverty, fisheries and slavery in Ghana. Link in my bio. . . . #awareness #mothers #babiesofinstagram #humanrights #humans #documentary

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A baby gazes out over his grandmother's shoulder in Yunnan Province, China. In remote mountain communities like this one, there is no such thing as a daycare. Small children like this little one are cared for by their grandmothers while their parents work. Fun fact: this is a photo from my archives; from the days before digital cameras and DSLRs. . . . #grandmothers #womenintheworld #archive #babiesofinstagram #matriarchy

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I’m so excited to share that Paul Nicklen and I have teamed up with @omazeworld again! You could join us for an incredible trip to the island of Isla Mujeres to swim with whale sharks. I promise this is an unforgettable experience! Support @SeaLegacy and ENTER through my bio link or at omaze.com/oceans #onlyatomaze. Tag a friend you'd bring with you in the comments below. 👇

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Cultural legacies all over the world are passed down from parents to children. In Galicia, the mariscadoras (shelfisherwomen), have harvested berberechos (cockles) for generations and generations. Traditionally, the men in this region would spend their days fishing the deep ocean while the women stayed on land, raking the shores for clams and cockles. Berberechos is considered a predominately matriarchal trade which is handed down from grandmother to mother to daughter. Throughout various times of the year, these women venture to different parts of the coastline raking away until they fill their buckets with berberechos. They then rush over to the weighing station to sell their berberechos before the daily quota is met! Conservation efforts have turned cockle collecting into a sort of race; once the daily quota hits its peak, cockles can no longer be traded in or sold. #pescaderias #denominaciondeorigen #mariscadoras #mulheres #espana🇪🇸

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cristinamittermeier. For Ghanian women in communities like Winneba, Ghana, access to cold s

For Ghanian women in communities like Winneba, Ghana, access to cold storage and the ability to sell fish year round means the difference between keeping their families whole and losing their children to human trafficking. If we empower and support women, we can enable them to break out of vicious cycles of poverty. Fish are a lifeline for many families in coastal communities; the ocean is a source of both income and life-giving sustenance. When we look after the ocean, we also invest in the longevity of coastal communities all over the world, which includes the health and safety of both women and children.

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cristinamittermeier. Can women save the world? Not alone, but we can certainly not save it

Can women save the world? Not alone, but we can certainly not save it unless the 50% of the global population that is still disenfranchised to participate is empowered to do so. I have chosen this week to share photographs and stories of how women endeavour to lift their families, their communities, and the world to give us a future we can aspire to. Together, we can change the world. 💪 Ta'kaiya Blaney is an environmentalist and a First Nations activist from Tla A'min Nation in British Columbia, Canada - not far from where I have made my home. She is an inspiring, passionate speaker; a force of nature in her own right, who first started expressing her concerns about the environment in songs when she was just ten years old. Today she is a singer, a drummer, and a speaker on behalf of the rights of indigenous people. @takaiya.blaney #womenstrong #girlpower #womenintheworld #firstnations

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It was such an honor to share the @WomenInTheWorld stage in New York with @juju Chang, Christiana Figueres (@cfigueres), the brains behind the Paris Agreement; Dr. Mae Jemison (@drmaejemison), the first African American woman in space; and Nina Lakhani, a courageous journalist working in Central America. Being surrounded by so many influential women working towards the same incredible goal filled me with both hope and awe for the future of our world. It inspired in me a desire to share with all of you more stories about the other incredible women that I have had the privilege to know and to photograph in my career. This is Pointuk, the daughter of chief Pukatiri of the Kayapó people. She is a very strong, intelligent woman and a capable provider for her family. Every few days she ventures into the forest with other women to tend to her wild gardens. She climbs up the açai tree to cut its fruit; she harvests wild coffee and forest fruits, and she does this while whistling to the other women who walk with her into the forest. Women in these remote villages do as much back-breaking work as the men and they also take care of the children. #WomenStrong @KayapoProject #canwomensavethepla et #girlpower #stopbolsonaro

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I photographed this black and white ruffed lemur in a rehabilitation center for injured animals in Madagascar. Lemurs are some of the most endangered primates in the world because of habitat loss and even though they have some protection, their future is uncertain. This lemur lives in Madagascar and can be found in a variety of habitats from rainforest to western Madagascar to dry deciduous forests and dry and spiny forests.

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Answer from yesterday's caption: the Inuit gentlemen in the photo with me were wearing pants made out of polar bear fur. Although I am passionately opposed to hunting for trophy, sport or commercial trade, especially for fur, I believe indigenous people, especially those who live in remote communities, have a right to survive by hunting and gathering foods from nature. This is a photo of a spotted hyena, taken in the Masai Mara National Reserve. These animals are perhaps best known for their vocalizations, which sounds like "laughter"; a series of loud giggle-type noises usually emitted over a kill, or when being chased. Spotted hyenas have a reputation for being cowardly, but they are not. They are matriarchal societies, lead by females and they are cunning hunters that are able to take down even lions. True or false: spotted hyena live in social groups so complex that they recognize some clan-mates as more reliable than others. #animalcaptures #wildlifephotography #discoverkenya #animalfacts #animalface

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Photograph by @PaulNicklen // I grew up in a little mountain town in Mexico and never imagined I would get to see the Arctic. Since then, the life I’ve built with my lens has taken me around the world and I’ve had the privilege of getting to connect with people in some of the most remote places on earth. In this behind-the-scenes photo, I am hanging out with the amazing team of Inuit hunters that led our @NatGeo film crew to the edge of the ice in Greenland. We would not have been able to photograph "The Last Ice” without them; Naimanngitsoq Kristiansen, his nephew Aleqatsiaq Peary (who is the lead singer of a rock band in Qaanaaq) and Avigaiaq Petersen. Can you guess what kind of fur is used to make their pants?

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