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#ThursdayThoughts: “Water is the driving force of all nature.” - Leonardo da Vinci _ Fresh water is vital to supporting the diversity of life on earth, a source of food, health and energy. Without it, civilization would not be possible. But if we don’t take steps to keep our planet healthy, we risk the complete depletion of these freshwater resources. By focusing on the locations around the world that people rely on most for their fresh drinking water, agriculture and other uses, our projects use sound science to provide innovative solutions that serve as models for conservation worldwide.

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Oceans cover up to 70% of the Earth’s surface and include 97% of the world’s water. But beset by habitat destruction, overfishing and #pollution, the ocean is losing the ability to provide the benefits that humans have come to rely on: food, livelihoods, #climate regulation. At @ConservationOrg our long-term goal is to safeguard the world’s essential #ocean and coastal biodiversity in order to maximize the long-term benefits for people and #nature.

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What on earth is #reforestation and how can it help combat #ClimateChange? That’s easy: It’s helping to bring forest back to an area where it was destroyed. Reforestation involves wildlife, breathable air — even the cocoa powder in your favorite breakfast spread. Fundamentally, though, it’s a matter of creating the conditions for Earth to continue supporting human life.

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Photo by @AmiVitale. Elephants enjoy a mud bath at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). These elephants are being cared for by members of the local community. “We take care of the elephants, and the elephants are taking care of us. We now have a relationship between us.” _ Today is #WorldElephantDay and it’s your last chance to donate just $10 and enter for the chance to win a brand new @NikonUSA D5600 two lens outfit, a fabulous @thinktankphoto bag to carry it in and a 20x30 signed print of mine. OR you can also buy one of Ami’s elephant prints of adorable little Nadasoit saying hello. 100% of the profits will be donated to the sanctuary. Prints are available in 4 sizes and start at $150. LINK IN BIO for all the details.

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The recent @IPCC climate report called out reducing food waste as one way YOU can help protect the planet. Roughly one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year gets lost or wasted, contributing billions of tons of greenhouse gases. The good news is that reducing food waste is easy — it just takes a little extra planning. Try to plan your meals before you go shopping; inventory your fridge and pantry; and make (and stick to) a list. You can also freeze or repurpose leftovers and preserve extra produce through canning, freezing, pickling or drying.

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Let’s hear your roar for #WorldLionDay 🦁

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Photo by @AmiVitale. Elephants enjoy a mud bath at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). These elephants are being cared for by members of the local community. “We take care of the elephants, and the elephants are taking care of us. We now have a relationship between us.” _ There are lots of ways to support this wondrous place. Let’s celebrate the positive stories ahead of #WorldElephantDay this Monday and donate just $10, and get a chance to win a brand new @NikonUSA D5600 two lens outfit, a fabulous @thinktankphoto bag to carry it in and a 20x30 signed print of mine. OR you can also buy one of Ami’s elephant prints of Nadasoit saying hello. 100% of the profits will be donated to the sanctuary. Prints are available in 4 sizes and start at $150. LINK IN BIO for details.

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The latest IPCC report calls for a COMPLETE OVERHAUL of the way we treat our planet. A huge part of that is protecting and restoring vital forest ecosystems. You can be a part of the solution TODAY and protect an entire acre of forest for only $25. LINK IN BIO.

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“Restoring forests is the only thing on Earth that can reverse the emissions that drive global warming. Think about that. We know that in order to stop global warming, we have to cut emissions. But reforestation can literally reverse emissions. And in many places, we don’t even have to plant trees. They can grow back on their own if we let them. As they grow, they absorb carbon — it’s the only technology we have that can remove atmospheric carbon dioxide on a grand scale. This is the silver lining in the latest grim report; protecting and restoring nature is a great, good hope of a solution. _ Of course, people need to eat. But it doesn't require clearing intact forests. Deforestation is a major cause of global warming, it accelerates weather extremes, crop failure, and thus hunger. So cutting forests to feed people is self-defeating, at best. This report is a wake-up call. It's going to take political will, funding, and cooperation. But, as Conservation International has long advocated, transforming to feed the planet while ending deforestation and investing in new forests is fundamental for human survival.” – M Sanjayan, @ConservationOrg CEO, calls out new IPCC report as a “wake-up call.”

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MAJOR NEW @IPCC REPORT: We MUST overhaul our global food system to halt climate breakdown. We’ve been warned that we must stop abusing the planet on which we live in order to avoid catastrophic levels of climate warming.

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New whale watching guidelines on the Pacific island of Niue – developed with support from @ConservationOrg scientists – are helping to ensure visitors can relish the experience without upsetting the animals.

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Get up close and personal this #FrogFriday

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“One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, “What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?” – Rachel Carson _ Appreciate the beauty of the ocean, enjoy the magnificence of forests, savor the water that you drink. We can no longer take nature’s wonders for granted because climate change is reshaping our planet today. It’s not an issue of the future —and how we respond will determine what happens next.

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#WednesdayWisdom: Elephants possess the largest brain of any land animal on Earth. They show empathy, understand human body language, have extraordinary memories and use tools. The wisdom of these creatures is vast, but they are targeted by poachers because of the ivory their tusks are made of. @ConservationOrg partners with governments, nonprofits, businesses and civil society to promote a comprehensive approach to addressing the threats posed by wildlife trafficking. Our goal: making sure elephants are still roaming the earth for generations to come.

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Nearly 23% of people on Earth depend on the forest for their livelihoods. When forests are cut down it has a real economic impact on people’s well-being AND the health of the planet.

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Taking off for some travel this week? Help protect the planet by reducing your carbon footprint while on the move. Here are a couple tips you can take on: 1. Increase your fuel economy by putting air in your tires, changing your air filter and spark plugs; 2. Whenever possible, book direct flights (as much as 1/2 of carbon emissions come from the plane’s takeoff and landing); 3. Instead of buying brand new clothes for your vacation adventures, buy consignment clothes. 4. One last easy step: offset the footprint of your trip using our Carbon Calculator tool.

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Stop what you’re doing! The weekend means it’s time to get outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer. What are some of your favorite ways to connect with the natural world?

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Happy Cephalopod Week 🐙 🦑

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What is a protected area and why are they important? @ConservationOrg Social Scientist Rachel Golden Kroner answers this and more TODAY @ 5PM EST for our next #AskAScientist Instagram Live in partnership with @PBSNature. Don’t forget to tune in.

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#TuesdayTail: Yellow-tailed woolly monkeys, a rare species found only in the Peruvian Andes, are easily recognizable primates due to their long, dark, reddish-brown coat as well as white ring of fur around their mouth. However, the most striking feature of this species is the small, yellow colored strip on the underside of their tail, giving these animals their name. These monkeys have a prehensile tail, which can grip objects.

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DON’T MISS our next #AskAScientist Instagram Live event in partnership with @PBSNature. Send in your questions today and tune in June 25 @ 5pm EST as Conservation International Social Scientist @Rachel Golden Kroner answers all things protecting the planet. LINK IN BIO.

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“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” – William Shakespeare

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That feeling when you remember its #caturday

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A sensational archaeological find in Honduras is also a rare refuge for wildlife and plants, according to a survey completed by scientists from @ConservationOrg and its partners. The results, published today, reveal a pristine, thriving ecosystem teeming with rare and unique species, including new species and species once thought to be extinct.

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#WhaleWednesday: Resources such as fish to eat or popular animals like whales to attract tourists must be managed carefully and sustainably. But fish and whales don’t respect national boundaries. That can make effective management and preservation a challenge when different countries are connected to the same area of sea. That’s why @ConservationOrg pioneered the Seascape approach, which brings together interested groups with a common goal: to protect a vital area of the sea.

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How do you protect the world’s last large source of arable land, minerals and fossil fuels while supporting a population projected to more than double in 40 years? One option: Use the Tropical Forest Conservation Reauthorization Act – a U.S. conservation law no one’s ever heard of which redirects countries’ debt to the U.S. into the conservation of forests, wildlife and now — for the first time — coral reefs.

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As humans, one of our most mighty natural resources is LOVE – so let’s show more of it. It doesn’t matter where you live, who you are, or who you choose to love, we work to protect nature for YOU so the planet thrives for ALL of humanity. #PrideMonth #LBGTQ

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Happy #FathersDay. If you’ve watched “March of the Penguins,” you know that male emperor penguins endure Antarctica’s extreme conditions to care for their young. Fathers stand still as statues in snow and sub-zero temperatures, balancing a single egg on their feet and covering it with a flap of skin to keep it warm. Huddled together with hundreds of other fathers, these tenacious penguins are so dedicated to their task that they don’t even stop to eat. This ordeal lasts four months while the mothers rebuild their strength by feeding in the open ocean. This #FathersDay, celebrate some stellar feats of animal dads.

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Happy #NaturePhotographyDay . Photographer and @ConservationOrg photography fellow @ChrisBurkard set out in a tiny, twin-engine plane to capture the beauty of Alaska’s remote Aleutian Islands and the critical need to conserve them. Very few ever get to experience the remote island chain with some of the most untouched nature left in the world. But now we all have a chance to witness these inspiring landscapes through Chris’ breathtaking photos.

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You can find beauty in #nature no matter where you look. Get outdoors and see what you can spot.

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Indonesia's West Papua Province received the Global Conservation Hero Award at @ConservationOrg's annual gala. West Papua's communities recently passed historic legislation to name itself the country's first Conservation Province.

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#Repost @elleusa ・・・ "In 10 years when our kids and grandkids look at us and say ‘What did you do? Where were you?’ I want us to all be able to say ‘I was there’ and I’m still here,” - @shailenewoodley. ELLE and @conservationorg came together at the non-profit’s annual Los Angeles gala to highlight the urgency to act on climate change. Link in bio for a full recap of the event, presented by @hp and @nike. #WomenOnAMission

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Trees convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, but did you know more than 20 percent of the world’s breathable oxygen is produced in the Amazon rainforest alone? We’re working to kickstart a revival for the world’s largest rainforest by planting new trees — tens of millions of them. The project aims to restore 73 million trees in the Brazilian Amazon by 2023. #TreeTuesday

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#ClimateChange can seem like an impossibly large problem — what can any one of us do? The answer: More than you might think. Head into the week ready to tackle the challenges ahead.

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Yesterday, we celebrated #WorldOceansDay, and we continue to remember that the ocean is the origin and the engine of all life on this planet. At @ConservationOrg, we envision healthy oceans benefiting all life on Earth in perpetuity. We are building the tools, partnerships and programs to address the pressures on the ocean — and the negative impacts on species, ecosystems and ultimately, on people’s lives. Our long-term goal is to safeguard the world’s essential ocean and coastal biodiversity and most productive ecosystems in order to maximize the long-term ecological, social and economic benefits for people and nature. . For over 20 years, @Sony and @Conservation International have produced compelling stories to inspire worldwide awareness and action for protecting the planet’s critical biodiversity.

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We are THRILLED to announce that we’ve teamed up with @elleusa for a special conservation issue. Together we celebrate #WomenOnAMission to fight #ClimateChange and raise awareness of the urgency to act on these issues that all of humanity faces today. @ninagarcia @chriscolls @ilona_hamer @gisele @doutzen @naomi @anja_rubik

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We have a plastic problem – and our oceans are bearing the burden. So how can you help? Take action, pledge to #BreakUpWithPlastic and challenge your friends and family to join you. Every step counts so spread the word. LINK IN BIO. #WorldOceansDay

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“What keeps me going is understanding and recognizing that we can't afford to not keep trying and working on #ClimateChange.” – @ShylaRaghav, @ConservationOrg Climate Lead

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A sprawling corner of the #Amazon basin larger than the state of Connecticut has been designated a protected area — which is good news for the giant anteater. LINK IN BIO to learn more.

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Happy #WorldEnvironmentDay from everyone at @ConservationOrg. Today – as we celebrate nature, our planet, and all its species – we encourage you to care for our home and the planet, just as it does for you. #PeopleNeedNature

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Protecting and restoring forests represents 30% of global action needed to mitigate the worst effects of climate change. That's why we’re committed to preventing deforestation and supporting the restoration of the planet’s vital forests of all shapes and sizes around the world – from temperate to tropical, redwood to mangrove.

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“In an effort to halt #ClimateChange, nature is perhaps our most crucial yet overlooked asset.” – Shyla Raghav, @ConservationOrg Climate Change Lead

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At @ConservationOrg, we work to create and strengthen marine protected areas throughout Indonesia. By protecting Indonesia’s seas and coasts, we can help to ensure they remain a sustainable source of food and tourism revenue.

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“Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, one in awhile, and climate a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir

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Hang on tight, #FrogFriday is here

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#ThursdayThoughts: Appreciate the beauty of the ocean, enjoy the magnificence of forests, savor the water that you drink. We can no longer take nature’s wonders for granted because climate change is reshaping our planet today. It’s not an issue of the future —and how we respond will determine what happens next.

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Business is the engine that drives global economic growth. What if companies were also conservation champions — taking bold, practical actions that benefit people, the planet and the bottom line? That’s the world we envision here at @ConservationOrg.

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Water is life. It’s vital. It supports the immense diversity of life on Earth. It’s a source of food, health and energy. Fresh water makes civilization possible. But fresh water, in turn, isn’t possible without a healthy planet.

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“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” Today, on her birthday, we remember famed conservationist Rachel Carson

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Stand out and stand up for our planet. Let the world know that we NEED nature to ensure a healthy, productive and prosperous future for all.