Poachers in Africa are encroaching on wildlife land and killing rhinos in travel hot spots now devoid of visitors due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Eight stunning videos to celebrate Earth Day
What better way to celebrate the Earth Day than showing the extraordinary variety of landscapes and creatures of the Planet?
Lush, ancestral forests home to extraordinary biodiversity, inaccesible and inhospitable peaks, snowfields and oceans of sand. Our Planet offers us a huge variety of landscapes and environments, each with its own stunning beauty.
Here’s a selection of landscapes – one video for each continent (plus one showing the Earth from space) – that demonstrate the poetry of a wood or the stones in a brook. How can you not love a Planet like this?
Arizona and Utah, United States
Monte Teide, Canary Islands, Spain
Drakensberg, South Africa
Himalaya, Nepal and Tibet
Patagonia, Argentina and Chile
Earth from space
From the International Space Station
Actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio has contributed two million dollars to a fund to protect Virunga National Park in Congo from threats such as terrorism, the coronavirus and poaching.
Earth Day is celebrated worldwide on 22 April with the aim of celebrating and protecting our Planet’s beauty and preciousness. Here’s how it all started.
Bangladesh suffered widespread damage as a result of Cyclone Amphan. Yet the Sundarbans mangrove forest acted as a natural barrier protecting the country from further destruction, as it has done countless times before.
For the first time in seventeen years, Iceland’s two main whaling companies won’t resume whale hunting. The announcement concerns this year’s season but could carry into the future.
The relationship between the coronavirus and wildlife is complex: while the pandemic may lead to a reduction in the illegal trade in wild animals, it may also encourage it in other respects.
The largest coral reef in the world is severely threatened by climate change, but researchers are developing strategies that could contribute to saving the Great Barrier Reef.
NGO Free the Bears has opened a mountain sanctuary for moon bears in Laos. With the government’s help, it aims to close all bile farms by 2022.
The Covid-19 pandemic is a planetary wake-up call from the Earth to humanity. On Earth Day, over 500 organisations launched a global call for urgent action with the health and wellbeing of all peoples and the planet at its core.