Happy Holidays to everyone!!🎄
@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto -
Snow Leopard in a snowstorm!
Snow leopards are the ghosts of the high mountain areas of central Asia in which they live.
The areas in which SL’s live are vitally important as they provide water for 100’s of millions of people.
But the glaciers that provide the water are rapidly disappearing, which begs the question - what will the future bring for people and animals?
Local people need to benefit from living with predators - snow leopards are persecuted by revenge killings - when they kill someone’s livestock a herder will then kill them. There are great community conservation projects where local herders can protect their flocks, making more money and saving snow leopards at the same time! Turning and economic negative into an economic positive - and saving snow leopards at the same time!
Please visit National Geographic’s Big Cat Initiative to find out ways to become involved - to save big cats!
Check out - Panthera, Snow Leopard Trust, WCS, UNDP, WildAid - Environmental Investigation Agency - Wildlife Protection Society of India,
“From smartphones 📱 to wedding rings 💍, gold passes through all of our hands every day. But for most of us the source of that gold, and its real cost, remains a mystery.” - Gustavo Fonseca, #GEF Director of Programs.
Millions of men, women & children are exposed to toxic levels of mercury through gold production every year.
A new #GEFGOLD programme will improve conditions for artisanal miners while slashing harmful mercury emissions! Read more on our website www.unenvironment.org
📸: UN Environment / @duncanmoorephoto ...