My entire @Sea_Legacy team was pushing through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear. It’s a soul-crushing scene that still haunts me, but I know we need to share both the beautiful and the heartbreaking if we are going to break down the walls of apathy. This is what starvation looks like. The muscles atrophy. No energy. It’s a slow, painful death. When scientists say polar bears will be extinct in the next 100 years, I think of the global population of 25,000 bears dying in this manner. There is no band aid solution. There was no saving this individual bear. People think that we can put platforms in the ocean or we can feed the odd starving bear. The simple truth is this—if the Earth continues to warm, we will lose bears and entire polar ecosystems. This large male bear was not old, and he certainly died within hours or days of this moment. But there are solutions. We must reduce our carbon footprint, eat the right food, stop cutting down our forests, and begin putting the Earth—our home—first. Please join us at @sea_legacy as we search for and implement solutions for the oceans and the animals that rely on them—including us humans. Thank you your support in keeping my @sea_legacy team in the field. With @CristinaMittermeier #turningthetide with @Sea_Legacy #bethechange #nature #naturelovers This video is exclusively managed by Caters News. To license or use in a commercial player please contact email@example.com or call +44 121 616 1100 / +1 646 380 1615”
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Hello friends, we have been tackling a lot of heavy issues as of late across all of our social media channels. So, for a brief moment, let’s have a palette cleanser and focus on some beautiful pure white huskies photographed in Qaanaaq, Greenland. With that said, we are incredibly appreciative of the support that has been pouring in for @sea_legacy since #GivingTuesday. We have an ocean to save and you are helping make that happen. With so much #gratitude
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This week I posted a video of a starving bear. It was difficult to film, and even harder to watch, as evidenced by the reactions it elicited. The truth is hard, but photojournalism is more than pretty pictures. It can be a difficult job. Journalism exposes—raw and without bias—the world’s issues in the interest of transparency, honesty and, I believe, change for the better. At @Sea_Legacy, we want to break down the walls of apathy and move people to change. We went to the Canadian Arctic to document the effects of climate change. We found the good, the bad and the ugly, but mostly just beautiful animals and landscapes we want to protect. We will continue to share it all with you in the interest of creating positive and lasting change. Thank you for helping us in #TurningTheTide. @Sea_Legacy with @CristinaMittermeier.
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The dance we do when we speak about climate change is exhausting. Some people will simply never believe, despite irrefutable scientific evidence, bizarre weather events, and unprecedented natural disasters. So, as we head into holidays—where many of us will find ourselves debating with loved ones about important topics like climate change—do yourself a favour and search “global temperatures over the past 100 years.” Find one of the innumerable graphs and studies that show the consistent rise in temperature, download it to your phone, and share it with deniers. Most importantly, do not fight with these people. Kill them with kindness, intelligence, patience and empathy. The climate change crisis is urgent and important, but we must treat each other with respect.
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At @sea_legacy, we are announcing new poster designs in collaboration with our talented members of The Collective: @andy_mann, @daisygilardini and @jodymacdonaldphoto. Swipe left to see a few fine art poster options by myself, and a beautiful photo by my friend Andy Mann. There is now only 48 hours left for guaranteed international shipping in time for Christmas. Be sure to order by midnight December 5th PST. Click the link in my bio for all the options, prices and sizes. #turningthetide
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Much of my life has been spent exactly like this; frigid, quiet, patient, waiting for the right light to capture the beauty of a polar bear. These majestic apex predators hold a place close to my heart and—now more than ever—I am dedicated to protecting them. Next week, SeaLegacy will unveil footage of a polar bear that will shake some foundations. I hope you all will see it and help us spread the word about the dangers bears face in the Arctic. Please follow @Sea_Legacy, join The Tide (link in bio), and follow The Collective (listed below). We are #turningthetide for the oceans. Will you join us? Click the link in my bio for more information. The Collective: @CristinaMittermeier, @andy_mann @ladzinski @jodymacdonaldphoto @daisygilardini @simonagerphotography @justinhofman @shawnheinrichs #polarbear #conservation #oceanconservation