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How can being a woman be an advantage in the conservation space? We brought together four female Explorers: Liliana Gutierrez, @chebetrebecca, @coral_oracle, and Erika Cuéllar, to discuss how gender equality can help us better care for our natural resources. Link in our bio to listen to this inspiring all-women #NatGeoFest panel.

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If you ask Patrícia Medici, she would say tapirs are “undeniably the best animal.” That’s why she has dedicated nearly three decades to protecting lowland tapirs in her home country of Brazil. For her work, she was awarded the National Geographic/Buffet Award for Leadership and Conservation. Link in bio to read more about her 📸: @katieorlinsky

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Today, London is becoming the first #NationalParkCity. Our very own Explorer, @danravenellison, originated this concept over six years ago. With Society funds, Dan’s bold idea gained the support of leaders, innovators and many others who also believed in making London greener, healthier and wilder. Check out the link in our bio to learn more about this announcement and what @LondonNationalParkCity means for cities around the world.

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Explorer @WasfiaNazreen isn’t afraid to push boundaries in extreme environments: She was the first Bangladeshi and Bengali to climb the Seven Summits, the highest mountain on every continent. Now, she’s committed to helping more women reach summits through outdoor education and empowerment. #ExplorersAtTheExtremes

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"One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." | #OTD 50 years ago, after nearly five days of space travel, Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon. 19 minutes later, Buzz Aldrin joined him while the third member of the #Apollo11 crew, Michael Collins, piloted the command module Columbia in lunar orbit. Their mission lasted 8 days, 3 hours, 18 minutes, and 35 seconds. The team brought a tiny National Geographic flag along on their mission, and National Geographic magazine dedicated their December 1969 cover to the moon landing. #Apollo50

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“These animals are like us. They are like human beings. We are very close to them in Africa,” explained Explorer and ecologist @Paula_Kahumbu as she showed a photo of an elephant family at #NatGeoFest. But unfortunately, these mammals are threatened due to the demand for ivory. Link in bio to listen to her full #NatGeoFest talk, in which she describes how @WildlifeDirect and @WildlifeWarriorsTV are inspiring communities to save wildlife.

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These four women have an exciting year ahead! Meet our sixth class of #Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellows, who will undertake an in-depth exploration of globally relevant issues and use of a variety of tools and media to tell powerful stories. Link in bio to read more about this year’s all-women class before they head out into the field. @the_fulbright_program #insidenatgeo Photo by: Zack Bolton

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“Graveyards are public libraries of stories. They tell of love, loss, migration, industry, epidemics and changing family structures.” @itskatiethornton is a #Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow, podcaster, writer — and cemetery historian. This past year, she interviewed a variety of people in the United Kingdom and Singapore, where urbanization has drastically changed the spaces where we remember the dead. To read more about her work, and the work of the entire class of 2018-2019 @the_fulbright_program Fellows, tap the link in the bio. #insidenatgeo — Over the last year, our 2018-2019 Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellows have been in the field undertaking an in-depth exploration of globally relevant issues and sharing their stories to audiences around the world. We'll be introducing our 2019-2020 class of Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellows today!

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@emilyctoner studies soil, and it isn’t as simple as it may seem. This past year, Emily traveled to Ireland where she researched peat soil, or the soil under bogs. As a #Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow, she interviews people about their relationship with the soil. Much like her work, these conversations are rarely straightforward. “It might be like asking someone about their relationship with air — it’s just there.” Check out the link in the bio to read more about her story and the work of the 2018-2019 @the_fulbright_program Fellows #insidenatgeo — Over the last year, our 2018-2019 Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellows have been in the field undertaking an in-depth exploration of globally relevant issues and sharing their stories to audiences around the world. We'll be introducing our 2019-2020 class of Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellows this Thursday, July 18.

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@willtyner has spent the past year collaborating with members of Code for Romania (Code4Ro) on a documentary examining the role of technology in Romania’s anti-corruption protests. This film is both personal and ethnographic — Will sees his own relationship with technology reflected in the ways the Romanian people are using it to shape their own narratives. As a #Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow, he tells the story of liberation through the lens of the people. Link in the bio to read about his work and the work of the 2018-2019 @the_fulbright_program Fellows. — Over the last year, our 2018-2019 Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellows have been in the field undertaking an in-depth exploration of globally relevant issues and sharing their stories to audiences around the world. We'll be introducing our 2019-2020 class of Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellows this Thursday, July 18.

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Whether it’s the height of summer or the dead of winter in your corner of the world, we wanted to know: What’s it like to work in extreme weather? So this month, we’re highlighting our #ExplorersAtTheExtremes, like environmental geoscientist and aplainist @SergiuJiduc. He looks at the impacts of extreme-weather events on energy systems, hoping to understand the dynamic of climate and water systems in mountain environments. #insidenatgeo #ExplorersAtTheExtremes

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Photographer @LJohnPhoto likes to say that she often tells stories “about issues that can’t easily be defined.” As a testament to her ability to tackle these intimate, challenging subjects, National Geographic honored her with the 2019 Eliza Scidmore Award for Outstanding Science Media at this year’s #NatGeoFest. Link in bio to read more from her about how she photographs out in the field. 📸: @erikalarsen888

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Happy #4thOfJuly from our home base of Washington, DC! 🇺🇸 #insidenatgeo

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Explorers @Dalal_el_hanna and @AndreaJaneReid are passionate about empowering the next generation to tackle environmental challenges and foster a more sustainable future. We asked them each — what can people do today to impact freshwater conservation? Andrea shared, "The more you know something, the more you care about it." Watch our Story to learn more! #insidenatgeo

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How do we address the threat of climate change? Our Chief Scientist @jonathanembaillie explores this question today at @TheEconomist’s inaugural Climate Risk Summit in London— bringing together business leaders, scientists, investors and policymakers to advance a critical conversation about how organizations around the world can better understand and manage climate-related risks. Link in bio to learn more about this event. #EconClimateRisk

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“A desert is not a dustbowl,” explains Explorer @AratiKumarRao. “If we want the next generation to understand, care about and act to conserve these vital ecosystems we need to role model it with language.” Listen to her full #NatGeoFest talk ➡️ link in bio.

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What inspired these two 2018-2019 @the_fulbright_program Storytelling Fellows to collaborate? Soil geographer @EmilyCToner explains: “Our shared curiosity to explore Ireland’s uniquely biodiverse and threatened landscape, the bog.” Though their work is based in different continents, Emily and photographer @JenGuyton unexpectedly found themselves side by side in the field. Link in bio to read their story. #insidenatgeo

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Happy 81st birthday to @Olympic_NPS, established #OTD in 1936! From the peak of Mt. Olympus to the old-growth forests, the park protects biodiversity through several different ecosystems on nearly a million acres in Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. In 1981 it was declared by @UNESCO as an International Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site. #CampaignForNature

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Thank you for joining me in celebrating a few of my favourite leaders in conservation that help make visible space for the LGBTQ2S+ community in science and exploration during my #Pridemonth takeover. You can follow my Canadian and global marine #plasticpollution research on Twitter (my handle there is @ JustineAmmendo1) and Instagram ‬( @justineammendolia). I’m also very passionate about sharing my work on plastics with the next generation, so check out my talk at last year’s National Geographic Education Summit via the link in @insidenatgeo’s bio. Signing off! 📸: Erin Schaff

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This is my plastics research collaborator and partner, Jackie Saturno (@jackie.saturno, she/her), She’s also a National Geographic Explorer! As a plastic pollution researcher, Jackie explores how fishing gear contributes to marine microplastic pollution in Newfoundland, Canada. Her fieldwork in the small fishing communities of Fogo Island involves local community-based collaboration to tackle the global problem of plastic pollution. I am constantly inspired by how Jackie integrates humility and generosity that defines our LGBTQ2S+ community into all of her scientific work and questions. ____ My name is Justine Ammendolia ( @justineammendolia, she/her), and I'm a marine biologist, plastic pollution researcher and National Geographic Explorer. I explore how our oceans and animals are impacted by #plasticpollution in Newfoundland, Canada. I am passionate about sharing my work on plastics and my personal journey as a woman and queer scientist with others. I’m taking over @insidenatgeo today to share the work of my fellow members and allies of the LGBTQ2S+ community that inspire me to celebrate #Pridemonth. Thank you for following along! Photo: Justine Ammendolia

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Another scientific inspiration is Dr. Alana Westwood ( @arboriphile, she/her), a terrestrial ecologist that explores and conserves some of Canada’s most unique species and ecosystems. I admire her because of her unrelenting motivation to protect Canadian biodiversity and endangered species by contributing to policy development. I am also drawn to her work because she engages with LGBTQ2S+ activism efforts, and she tries to integrate the unity associated with the rainbow to all of her conservation work. ____ My name is Justine Ammendolia ( @justineammendolia, she/her), and I'm a marine biologist, plastic pollution researcher and National Geographic Explorer. I explore how our oceans and animals are impacted by #plasticpollution in Newfoundland, Canada. I am passionate about sharing my work on plastics and my personal journey as a woman and queer scientist with others. I’m taking over @insidenatgeo today to share the work of my fellow members and allies of the LGBTQ2S+ community that inspire me to celebrate #Pridemonth. Thank you for following along!

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This is my mentor, ​Dr. Shoshanah Jacobs (they / them). Shoshanah is a passionate individual who explores the boundaries of science education and tries to understand what seabirds can tell us about ocean health. They invest in the potential of young students and sends some on scientific adventures of a lifetime. That’s how Shoshanah changed my life: by sending me on my first Greenlandic expedition to study seabirds. Their mentorship taught me how to be a problem-solver and established the foundation of my career. Their vision to create an inclusive and diverse learning group is achieved by fostering a policy of “yes.” Yes to all students who want to join, yes to all projects, yes to all collaborations. Through this model, they foster the growth of better researchers and better people! 📸: Shoshanah Jacobs ____ My name is Justine Ammendolia ( @justineammendolia, she/her), and I'm a marine biologist, plastic pollution researcher and National Geographic Explorer. I explore how our oceans and animals are impacted by #plasticpollution in Newfoundland, Canada. I am passionate about sharing my work on plastics and my personal journey as a woman and queer scientist with others. I’m taking over @insidenatgeo​ today to share the work of my fellow members and allies of the LGBTQ2S+ community that inspire me to celebrate #Pridemonth. Thank you for following along!

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Hi! My name is Justine Ammendolia ( @justineammendolia, she/her), and I'm a marine biologist, plastic pollution researcher and National Geographic Explorer. I explore how our oceans and animals are impacted by #plasticpollution in Newfoundland, Canada. I am passionate about sharing my work on plastics and my personal journey as a woman and queer scientist with others. I’m taking over @insidenatgeo today to share the work of my fellow members and allies of the LGBTQ2S+ community that inspire me to celebrate #Pridemonth. Thank you for following along! 📸: Madeline Bury ( @lovemadelineb)

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Tierra del Fuego — one of the southernmost points in the Americas — is home to “an incredible menagerie of life.” After a @NatGeoPristineSeas expedition to the region, leaders from both Argentina and Chile teamed up to protect one of the ocean’s most remote and wild places. For a glimpse into this new reserve, hear firsthand from Pristine Seas founder @EnricSala in the July 2019 issue of @natgeo magazine. Link in bio. #CampaignForNature

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Explorer, biologist and outreach scientist Danielle N. Lee ( @dnlee5) loves rodents! She researches the behavior and biology of rats and mice to better understand how we can use them to save lives. Watch our Story to hear more about her work and why she thinks rodents deserve a little more credit. 🐭 #insidenatgeo

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Explorer @Raewynngrant went on her first hike at 20 years old. It changed her life. As a large carnivore ecologist and National Geographic Fellow, she hopes to “protect wildlife where there are people and people where there are wildlife.” Photo by: @tsalani

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One place is home to more than half of the world’s plant and animal species: the Amazon rainforest. It also produces 20% of the world’s oxygen, and in one year the Amazon absorbs and stores an average of 2.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide through a process called carbon sequestration. This process can help mitigate the effects of climate change. But 17% of the Amazon has been lost in the past 50 years, hindering this remarkable ability. That’s why we’re working to protect 30% of the planet including places like the Amazon rainforest by 2030. Link in bio for more information. #CampaignForNature #WorldRainforestDay. 📸: @mattiasklumofficial

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Celebrating today’s #SummerSolstice ☀️ with this archival photo of none other than Alexander Graham Bell, National Geographic’s second president, enjoying a walk on the beach. He’s joined by his daughter Elsie May Bell Grosvenor, who was called the “First Lady of the Geographic” for her active role at National Geographic Society.

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"I'm going to a place where there is hope, not despair, love, not hate, joy, not tears, peace, not war." - Yonas Fishaye, Photo Camp D.C. Student from the @bcccrefugeeyouthproject Today’s #WorldRefugeeDay commemorates the millions of refugees and forcibly displaced people around the world and the communities that welcome them. This week, 17 students from 11 different countries joined us for the first-ever @NGPhotoCamp Master’s Camp with @natgeo photographers and storytellers, including @dominicbracco, Lynn Johnson ( @ljohnphoto), and @hammond_robin. In partnership with @mvrc_refugees and @bcccrefugeeyouthproject. Here’s a look at what they worked on throughout the week.

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Thanks to the incredible Everest expedition team, you can now see near real-time weather data from the two highest weather station in the world! Mount Everest is tall enough to pierce the Central Asian jet stream, which influences everything from storm tracks to agriculture growing seasons. Read live updates on natgeo.com/Everest and learn more about the new research from the National Geographic and @Rolex Perpetual Planet Extreme Expedition to Mount Everest. #PerpetualPlanet #NatGeoExtremes 📸: @FreddieWilkinson

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National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek has walked 11,000 miles. And he still has two more continents and an ocean to go. On his journey to trace the path of human migration, he’s covered the stories of our new millennium through journals, photography and video for the National Geographic Society. Now, @newyorkermag is also covering his journey. To read this month’s dispatch from the Out of Eden Walk, check out the link in the bio. 📸: @johnstanmeyer #EdenWalk

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Collaborators. Colleagues. Changemakers! Thank you to each Explorer who brought their ideas, passion, and energy to #NatGeoFest last week. We’re inspired by all of you!

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Happy #FathersDay from this four horned antelope father and fawn at the Assam State Zoo. His species, found in India and Nepal, is threatened by the loss of its natural habitat due to agricultural expansion. 📷: @JoelSartore for the National Geographic #PhotoArk

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This week at #NatGeoFest we brought together explorers, educators, storytellers and changemakers to prompt cross-discipline conversations and collaborations. Thank you to all of our speakers, including Explorer Liliana Gutierrez (@liliana.gutierrez07), for inspiring us to learn together.

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“This is a new window into the planet,” said Paul Mayewski, the Everest expedition’s scientific leader. The team pulled the highest ice core sample ever recorded. Why is this important? The core contains historical record of chemicals in the atmosphere when the water droplets froze which, when studied, will help in understanding the atmosphere through time and provide a baseline for assessing current climate trends. Link in bio to learn more about their research. @ROLEX #PerpetualPlanet #NatGeoExtremes 📸: Dirk Collins

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Thank you to social studies teacher and Explorer Rachel Hansen ( @bighistoryteacher) — and all of the educators who joined us at #NatGeoFest this week — for empowering the next generation of planetary stewards to share their story.

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The Okavango Delta is a hotspot for biodiversity and a main water source for a million people. In 2015, @drsteveboyes launched @intotheokavango to explore and protect this critical watershed. Link in bio to hear the lessons he’s learned firsthand as he’s worked to protect wild ecosystems. 📸: @kodilu #CampaignForNature #IntoTheOkavago #NatGeoFest

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Things you may only hear at #NatGeoFest. Dr. Heather Lynch took the stage today to discuss how she uses satellite imagery to study the distribution and abundance of penguins. Watch more LIVE tomorrow, starting at 9AM ➡️natgeo.org/watchfestival

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Conservation legend E.O. Wilson has been called the father of biodiversity. He also really loves ants 🐜 From all of us at #NatGeoFest: Happy 90th birthday, E.O. Wilson!

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Whether through journalism 📝, photographs 📷, or film 🎥, our 2019-2020 Storytelling Fellows will play a critical role in illuminating the issues our planet is facing today. Congratulations to our second class of Fellows!

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“This is a baby tapir. And no, you are not dreaming, it really is this cute,” says photographer @KatieOrlinsky. She traveled to Brazil to photograph the lowland tapir — and the woman who has dedicated her work to save them from extinction. Patrícia Medici ( @epmedici) has served as the chairperson of the Tapir Specialist Group for two decades, she has helped grow a global network of over 130 tapir conservationists from 27 countries. This week at Explorers Festival, she’ll receive the National Geographic/Buffet Award for Leadership in Conservation. Follow #NatGeoFest throughout the week to meet more of the innovative scientists, explorers and changemakers who are changing the world.

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Here’s a glimpse into the Beveridge Reef — located south of the island of Niue — for this #WorldOceansDay. Not only are coral reefs some of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet, but 200 million people living in coastal communities rely on them for protection during storms. Coral reefs protect the mainland from storm surges and flooding by causing the waves to break at sea, instead of at shore. After a @NatGeoPristineSeas expedition to explore the reef, the Government of Niue established a new marine protected area to encompass 40% of the country’s waters. This year, Pristine Seas joined forces with the Blue Prosperity Coalition and committed to protecting 30% of the ocean by 2030. Link in bio to learn more about their work. #CampaignForNature 📸: @EnricSala

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These wooden, bottle-shaped drift cards may help identify a solution to plastic pollution. The all-female “Sea to Source: Ganges” expedition team is deploying the cards on land, the river, and the riverbank to mimic and track the flow of plastic waste from source to sea. The drift cards are engraved with instructions for people who see them to contact a number via WhatsApp or SMS with the card’s location and its identification number, engaging the local communities in the expedition's efforts. Learn more about this effort via the link in our bio. #ExpeditionPlastic #PlanetOrPlastic #WorldOceansDay @NatGeoIndia

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“We must act now, even though it is challenging and we cannot guarantee success — the alternative is simply to stand back and witness the extinction of the wonderful Sumatran rhino.” Fellow Rudi Putra is working towards saving the Sumatran rhino from extinction. Learn more about his efforts, why he is passionate about this project, and what you can do to help — link in bio. #SumatranRhinoRescue 📸: Paul Hilton

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Over 200 Explorers from more than 50 countries are joining us in Washington, D.C. for #NatGeoFest in just a few days! We’re looking forward to connecting conservationists, innovative scientists, explorers, educators, storytellers, and changemakers from different fields to share their discoveries, insights, and solutions for creating a more sustainable future.

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Over 200 Explorers from more than 50 countries are joining us in Washington, D.C. for #NatGeoFest in just a few days! We’re looking forward to connecting conservationists, innovative scientists, explorers, educators, storytellers, and changemakers from different fields to share their discoveries, insights, and solutions for creating a more sustainable future.

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“We must act now, even though it is challenging and we cannot guarantee success — the alternative is simply to stand back and witness the extinction of the wonderful Sumatran rhino.” Fellow Rudi Putra is working towards saving the Sumatran rhino from extinction. Learn more about his efforts, why he is passionate about this project, and what you can do to help — link in bio. #SumatranRhinoRescue 📸: Paul Hilton

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Over 200 Explorers from more than 50 countries are joining us in Washington, D.C. for #NatGeoFest in just a few days! We’re looking forward to connecting conservationists, innovative scientists, explorers, educators, storytellers, and changemakers from different fields to share their discoveries, insights, and solutions for creating a more sustainable future.

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In 2018, our @natgeopristineseas team went on expedition to the Argentine island of Isla de los Estados, home to giant kelp forests that harbor a wealth of biodiversity. Did you know kelp forests capture large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere and help to mitigate climate change? But as ocean waters warm, they are on average 3x less effective at absorbing carbon. That’s why National Geographic is working to help restore and conserve the Earth’s critical ecosystems and wildlife by protecting 30% of the planet by 2030. Learn more ➡️ CampaignForNature.org #WorldEnvironmentDay #CampaignForNature

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Happy #WorldEnvironmentDay! To honor this year’s air pollution theme, we talked to Explorer and environmental health researcher Ther Aung, who works at the intersection of poverty, energy, and environment. She advises: “People can help reduce air pollution in their cities by driving less, taking public transportation, and using emission free transportation options like walking or biking.” #beatairpollution