Photo by Lucas Foglia @lucasfogliaphoto | New wind turbines generate electricity next to an abandoned farmhouse in Silverton, Texas. Wind farms have been installed on agricultural land across the Texas Panhandle, providing supplemental income to landowners. For some of them, the turbines provide more consistent income than crop farming.
Photo by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | #EarthDay | As a teenager, I discovered my lifelong passion for the night sky. There is more than beauty in a starry night: All species, all symbols of human cultures, sit under this eternal unifying roof. Under this borderless sky, we are one family living on a small planet amid the vast ocean of the universe. For 99.9% of its 4.5 billion years of history, Earth has never been an amalgam of human-delineated territories.
Photo by @EnricSala | Young blacktip reef sharks congregate in the lagoon of Millennium Atoll in the Southern Line Islands, one of the last marine wildernesses on the planet. In the past century, we have lost 90% of the large fish in our ocean. This Earth Day, we face a tremendous challenge, and a new opportunity. We know that our survival depends on the natural world, and it has never been more imperiled by human exploitation. But we also know that when protected, natural ecosystems can restore themselves. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Wyss Campaign for Nature to raise awareness about the urgent need to protect nature, and enable people and wildlife to thrive together. Check out @InsideNatGeo to learn more about how the National Geographic Society is working to support the protection of 30 percent of the planet by 2030, a key milestone toward protecting half of our Earth. #EarthDay#CampaignforNature
Photo by Lynsey Addario @lynseyaddario | Women and children, who by and large expressed unwavering support for the Islamic State, wait to be registered at Al-Hol refugee camp during the Islamic State's final days in Baghouz, Deir Ezzour Province. Several thousand women and children arrived in March 2019. The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) claimed victory in late March over the last remaining sliver of land controlled by the brutal Islamic state in the town of Baghouz, as tens of thousands of the fighters’ family members surrendered through a human corridor set up by the SDF during the past six weeks under heavy bombardment and intense clashes. Women and children, some who were likely being used as human shields, had been living in tunnels and caves with limited food, medicine, and sanitation. A humanitarian crisis emerges as ISIS falls in northern Syria.
Photo by @renan_ozturk // sponsored by @thenorthface // I heard a heartwarming rumor that Earth Day might become a full-on national holiday, which would be a huge win in so many ways. The more folks we get outside developing connections to the Earth, the better chance we have to protect it for future generations. I will never forget the cold sunrise when I captured this image on the summit of Mont Blanc, and it fuels me to want to protect its fragile majesty. Please lend your voice to help make Earth Day a national holiday! // We all deserve time to explore and connect. Stand with us and sign the #EarthDayPetition for Earth Day to be a national holiday. Visit earthdaypetition.org.
Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale | Afghan Kuchi nomad children who were living in a camp for displaced people around Spin Boldak, near the border of Pakistan and southern Afghanistan, are relocated to the encampment of Zhare Dasht by the UNHCR (@refugees ) in 2002.
As the U.S. war in Afghanistan enters its 20th year and the country marks its fourth decade of conflict, 2.6 million Afghans live as refugees. Another 1.5 million are internally displaced. Due to ongoing conflict, Afghanistan was the largest refugee-producing country in the world, seeing even second and third generations being born as refugees, never having known their homeland. Still today, Afghan citizens are the second largest population of refugees in the world, after Syria. The crisis shows little hope of abating. To learn more, including how to help, follow @refugees@unicef@theirc@doctorswithoutborders and others working on the front lines of the refugee crisis.
Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Luzhi is one of the best preserved ancient water towns in China. Some of its waterways and bridges date to the Song Dynasty. Immortalized by artists throughout its long history, the town has been written about by the Ming poet Gao Qi and painted by contemporary artist Wu Guangzhong, regarded as the founder of modern Chinese art. #luzhi#watertown#jiangsu#canal