Our planet takes care of us each and every day, so we must make sure that we take care of it in return. For us to allow our home planet to thrive, we have to achieve a planet in balance to maintain its brilliant vistas, breathtaking sceneries, and unforgettable landscapes. The following photographs illustrate both iconic wildlife that are at risk, and natural wonders that face dangers.
Together, we can achieve a planet in balance.
Image 1 : Victoria Falls, Zambia
Victoria Falls, also known as “Mosi oa-Tunya" ("the smoke that thunders"), is one of Africa’s most spectacular sights. Taking its flow from the Zambezi River, it transforms into the biggest curtain of falling water in the world, rightfully earning its place amongst the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
This extraordinary spectacle holds so much history and fascination, and provides us, and its residents, with the water we all need.
With the world population increasing exponentially, the need for fresh water is as strong as ever, and the supply is becoming increasingly unpredictable, for all kinds of species.
There is an urgent need to start effectively and efficiently managing our water resources. If we want to save fresh water, if we want to save Victoria Falls, we must learn to bring balance to our planet, and we must learn it now.
Image 2 : Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion Island
Situated on Reunion Island, in the Indian Ocean, the Piton de la Fournaise is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, having erupted just a few months ago, on the 11th of August 2019. Its grandeur and majesty remind us that nature has a way of maintaining the balance on our planet, and that we too, need to learn it.
Image 3 : Lilac Breasted Roller Bird
The Lilac Breasted Roller is one of Kruger National Park’s (South Africa) most iconic birds. Usually found in tree tops, poles, and other high vantage points, its unique and elegant colored feathers set it apart from the crowds.
We must preserve the balance on our planet and save our spectacular and diverse eco system before it is too late.
Image 4 : Burchell's Zebra
The Burchell’s Zebras are one of South Africa’s most dominant and present species. Each individual Zebra has unique markings, acting in similar fashion as fingerprints in humans.
They are the closest relative to the Quagga Zebra, which roamed the plains of southern Africa until its extinction in the 1900s. Let’s keep our planet in balance, let’s keep our unique stripy Burchell’s Zebras, and let’s prevent another extinction, while we still can.
Photographs captured by Yasmine Sadek.