For Earth Day yesterday, the Duke of Sussex showed off his photography skills on the Sussex Instagram account.
“Every one of us can make a difference, not just today but everyday #earthday,” the couple said in their post that included eight photos of natural scenes, taken by Prince Harry to share his environmental point of view.
Only one photo was not taken by His Royal Highness; an unnamed photographer took the first image while the couple was in New Zealand. Regarding this photo, it was explained, “Of the 170 different species originally planted in the early 1900’s, only a handful of species, including these majestic Redwoods, remain today.”
The images range from black and white to coloured photos of animals, the sea, beaches, and forests- many of which were taken on trips to Africa.
The Sussexes explained each of the eight images:
“Africa’s Unicorn, the rhino. These magnificent animals have survived ice ages and giant crocodiles, amongst other things! They have adapted to earth’s changing climate continually for over 30 million years. Yet here we are in 2019 where their biggest threat is us.
“A critical ecosystem, Botswana’s Okavango Delta sustains millions of people and an abundance of wildlife. Huge bush fires, predominantly started by humans, are altering the entire river system; the ash kills the fish as the flood comes in and the trees that don’t burn become next year’s kindling.
“Desert lions are critically endangered due partly to human wildlife conflict, habitat encroachment and climate change. 96% of mammals on our [world] are either livestock or humans, meaning only 4% remaining are wild animals.
“Orca and Humpback whale populations are recovering in Norway thanks to the protection of their fisheries. Proof that fishing sustainably can benefit us all.
“Roughly 3/4 of Guyana is forested, its forests are highly diverse with 1,263 known species of wildlife and 6,409 species of plants. Many countries continue to try and deforest there for the global demand for timber.
“We all now know the damage plastics are causing to our oceans. Micro plastics are also ending up in our food source, creating not just environmental problems for our planet but medical problems for ourselves too.
“When a fenced area passes its carrying capacity for elephants, they start to encroach into farmland causing havoc for communities. Here @AfricanParksNetwork relocated 500 Elephants to another park within Malawi to reduce the pressure on human wildlife conflict and create more dispersed tourism.”