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At the National Geographic Society, we believe in the power of science, exploration, education—and storytelling—to change the world. Our Sciencetelling Bootcamp helps National Geographic grant recipients learn how to communicate their important scientific discoveries in ways that build global geographic knowledge and empower us all to generate solutions for a healthier future.

Traveling a thousand kilometers from the coast of Mexico, the National Geographic Pristine Seas team set out to better understand the island’s reefs, unexplored deep waters, and surrounding seamounts. The expedition was part of Pristine Seas, National Geographic’s largest initiative dedicated to environmental preservation, founded by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala in 2008

The expedition was part of Pristine Seas, National Geographic’s largest initiative dedicated to environmental preservation, founded by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala in 2008. Learn more: natgeo.org/pristineseas

We’ve already protected 15% of the Earth’s land and 7% of our oceans. But it’s not enough to achieve a planet in balance. The National Geographic Society is teaming up with the Wyss Campaign for Nature to address our current conservation crisis. Our goal: Protect 30% of the planet in its natural state by 2030

Climate change includes both the global warming driven by human emissions of greenhouse gases, and the resulting large-scale shifts in weather patterns. Though there have been previous periods of climatic change, since the mid-20th century the rate of human impact on Earth’s climate system and its global scale have been unprecedented.

Wild places on Earth are under threat like never before from unprecedented human destruction and degradation. The fight to protect these last wild places and secure the future of life on our planet is unfolding now.

Global ice levels are seen in rapid decline in this animation from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE).

This eye-opening animation shows the dynamics of the ozone layer from January 1st to March 23rd in both 2010 and 2011. Recent observations from satellites and ground stations suggest that atmospheric ozone levels for March 2011 in the Arctic were approaching the lowest levels in the modern instrumental era.

National Geographic marine ecologist Enric Sala launched the Pristine Seas project in 2008 to explore and help save the last wild places in the ocean. The goal: Protect 20 percent of the world’s oceans by 2020. These unique ecosystems are a window into the past, revealing what the ocean looked like before overfishing and pollution took their toll. It is essential that we let the world know that these places exist, that they are threatened, and that help is needed to protect them.

The Earth’s wild places are providers and protectors of resources essential to life on this planet, but humans are degrading and destroying these havens on an unprecedented scale. The fight to protect these last wild places and secure the future of life on our planet is unfolding now. The National Geographic Society is teaming up with the Wyss Campaign for Nature to address our current conservation crisis. Our goal: Protect 30% of the planet in its natural state by 2030.