Prince Harry and National Geographic are partnering together in honor of the planet and to celebrate its beauty and the importance of conservation. Today, The Duke of Sussex will serve as a Guest Editor at National Geographic’s Instagram account sharing pictures of forest canopies as part of the “Looking Up” series.

What’s happening:

  • Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex and National Geographic have partnered to celebrate the beauty and importance of conservation.
  • Working with Susan Goldberg, editorial director of National Geographic Partners and editor in chief of National Geographic magazine, today The Duke of Sussex will be Guest Editor of the @NatGeo Instagram account.
  • The account will feature a new set of beautiful images of forest canopies—all taken by National Geographic photographers—which encourage people across the globe to “look up” and share the beauty of trees.
  • The Duke of Sussex is a key champion of Queen Elizabeth II’s unique forest conservation project, “The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy,” which launched in 2015 and invited commonwealth countries to submit forests and national parks or plant trees to preserve, in perpetuity, in The Queen’s name.
  • Nearly 50 countries are currently participating and have dedicated indigenous forest for conservation or have committed to planting literally millions of new trees.

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Photo by @sussexroyal | We are pleased to announce that Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex @sussexroyal is guest-curating our Instagram feed today! “Hi everyone! I’m so happy to have the opportunity to continue working with @NatGeo and to guest-curate this Instagram account; it’s one of my personal favourites. Today I’m in Liwonde National Park, Malawi an important stop on our official tour of southern Africa, planting trees for the Queens Commonwealth Canopy. As part of this takeover, I am inviting you to be a part of our ‘Looking Up’ social campaign. To help launch the campaign, here is a photograph I took today here in Liwonde of Baobab trees. “#LookingUp seeks to raise awareness of the vital role trees play in the Earth’s ecosystem, and is an opportunity for all of us to take a moment, to appreciate the beauty of our surroundings. So, join us today and share your own view, by looking up! Post images of the trees in your local community using the hashtag #LookingUp. I will be posting my favourite images from @NatGeo photographers here throughout the day, and over on @sussexroyal I will be sharing some of my favourite images from everything you post. I can’t wait to see what you see when you’re #LookingUp 🌲 🌳” ••• His Royal Highness is currently on an official tour to further the Queens Commonwealth Canopy, which was launched in 2015. Commonwealth countries have been invited to submit forests and national parks to be protected and preserved as well as to plant trees. The Duke has helped QCC projects in the Caribbean, U.K., New Zealand, Australia, Botswana, Malawi, and Tonga. Now, almost 50 countries are taking part and have dedicated indigenous forests for conservation and committed to planting millions of new trees to help combat climate change. The Duke’s longtime passion for trees and forests as nature’s simple solution to the environmental issues we face has been inspired by the work he has been doing on behalf of his grandmother, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, for many years.

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About “Looking Up:”

  • “Looking Up” celebrates the beauty of trees and the important role they play in the earth’s eco-system.
  • It highlights the symbiotic relationship humans and wildlife have with the trees that are fundamental to our survival.
  • In addition to Instagram, readers are encouraged to visit NationalGeographic.com to discover many relevant articles, galleries and videos that showcase the beauty of our world and the importance of our place within it.
  • Today’s partnership with The Duke of Sussex continues the National Geographic Society’s commitment to celebrate and protect trees and their habitats.
  • This long history began more than a century ago in 1916, when the Society provided a grant to the U.S. National Park Service to purchase a critical forest at the heart of Sequoia National Park, protecting it from logging and development in perpetuity.
  • The Society continues to build upon this legacy by harnessing the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonders of our world.

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Photo by @peteressick | “I absolutely love this from @peteressick. It is a stunning view of a strangler fig as it twists around another tree to head upwards toward the sun, precisely why it got its name! Thanks for sharing this, Peter, and for #LookingUp” – Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex @sussexroyal Peter’s image was taken in the Yidney Scrub Rainforest on Fraser Island, Australia. …Today The Duke of Sussex @sussexroyal is guest-editing the @natgeo feed, in an effort to raise awareness around Queens Commonwealth Canopy, in which almost 50 countries have dedicated indigenous forests for conservation or have committed to planting millions of new trees to combat climate change. The images being posted today are all ‘looking up’ at trees from below to highlight the vital role trees play in the Earth’s ecosystem. Post your images of trees, add the #lookingup, and at the end of the day, The Duke will share a selection of the most beautiful images that you post from across the world on @sussexroyal Instagram stories.

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Protecting the Planet:

  • National Geographic is working toward a goal of helping to protect 30 percent of the planet by 2030.
  • The Society’s Life at the Extremes initiative, which is intended to deepen our understanding of rainforests and they critical role they play in maintaining biodiversity and addressing climate change; and its Last Wild Places initiative, which collaborates with partners around the globe to help protect the places that sustain life on Earth; are just two ways National Geographic aims to help conserve Earth’s last remaining areas of wilderness, including critical forest ecosystems.

What they’re saying:

  • Susan Goldberg: “We are delighted to partner with The Duke of Sussex to raise awareness about the importance of preserving and restoring indigenous forests. It is now more important than ever to encourage the conservation of our natural world, and we hope this partnership will help shine a light on this key issue needed to maintain a healthy planet.”
 
 

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