Heartbreaking Image Of Polar Bear Starving Is A Wake Up Call For The Planet.
An Undeniable Talent
It’s said that a picture is worth a thousand words. The truth in that can be seen in the footage of a polar bear that ignited concern over the inevitable effects of climate change. But, like most things in this world, there is more to this picture than meets the eye.
Paul Nicklen is a photographer, filmmaker, and marine biologist from Canada who has been documenting nature for 20 years. Working as a photographer for National Geographic, Paul has been able to travel all over the world capturing wildlife. He has won numerous awards for his work, such as the BBC Wildlife Photographer Of The Year and the National Geographic Fellowship. While filming in August, Paul saw the most heartbreaking thing he had ever seen.
They Have Found Their Purpose
Nicklen is the co-founder of a non-profit organization called SeaLegacy, which is an organization formed by photographers, filmmakers, and storytellers, with the goal of raising awareness and funds towards the protection of our oceans. They frequently visit places like Antarctica and the Baltic Sea to record the wildlife and how climate change is affecting it. On their last journey, Nicklen caught something that would disturb the entire world.
Filming The Arctic
This past year, the SeaLegacy team took off to the Arctic. This region is of particular importance because it seems to be warming twice as fast as any other place in the world! Nicklen has filmed the effects of climate change himself. He has seen receding glaciers, the struggling populations, and the communities that have been affected by the rise in sea levels. They also visited islands in the upper parts of Canada - a place close to Nicklen’s heart.
A Place To Call Home
Nicklen grew up on Baffin Island, in an Inuit community. During his time spent there, he learned lots of things from the Inuit people. The Inuits don’t just survive in the conditions, they thrive in the Arctic, and love it. Due to the experiences Nicklen possessed, he grew to be passionate for the polar regions of the world. Now, back in the Arctic, his view of things would change once again.
The Summer Months
On this particular day, the team was shooting close to Nicklen’s home. They were on the plains of Somerset Island, scouting for wildlife. Since it was late August, it was summertime, and there was no snow on the ground. After traveling for the entire day, it was time to start heading back to their camp. Since they had no footage for the day, they thought they were going back empty-handed, but they were wrong.
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