Earth Month

Anand Varma, National Geographic photographer

In partnership with the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) in Bangalore, India, National Geographic photographers helped organize and lead a workshop for early career biologists interested in sharing their work through photography. The Shoot for Science workshop, funded by National Geographic Society and run by science photographers Anand Varma and Prasenjeet Yadav, ran for 8 days at NCBS in February 2017 and brought together a cohort of 16 Indian research fellows, Ph.D. candidates, and post-docs to study the art of storytelling in science.

India is currently undergoing increased investment in science and technology, providing a timely opportunity for scientists to communicate their research not just with the academic world, but with the greater public as well. By reducing focus on standard technical jargon and exploring other forms of communication, scientists can demystify their work for a wider audience and inspire young students to embrace scientific literacy. Photography is unique in its ability to help scientists both collect and communicate their data, and doing so without misrepresenting the scientific process lies at the core of Varma and Yadav’s workshop mission.

Using cameras and other equipment provided by Nikon, the 16 participants worked in groups to develop and create a photo narrative around research done by scientists at NCBS. They learned various techniques in basic photography and controlled lighting, received feedback in photo editing sessions, heard from Nat Geo experts, and gave final presentations after being coached in public speaking. “It was a great learning experience. Starting from how to think of communicating a story to how to use a camera—it was all new to me,” said participant Ipsa Jain, a Ph.D. candidate in cellular biology at the Indian Institute of Sciences.

Varma is a regular contributor to Nat Geo; his work tells the story behind the science of everything from primate behavior and hummingbird biomechanics to amphibian disease and forest ecology. Yadav is a trained molecular ecologist turned science-photographer who combines his research experience and photography skills to tell stories of exploration and conservation. He’s represented by National Geographic Creative and is currently producing a story on how mountains play a role in special evolution in India’s Western Ghats. Together, they hope to create a consortium of scientific storytellers in India and are working to expand the Shoot for Science program across the country in the coming years.


In honor of Earth Day, National Geographic is inspiring and empowering people around the world to make changes in their daily lives in support of a more sustainable planet. On television, Nat Geo WILD is dedicating its primetime slate on April 22 to shining a light on wildlife advocates, with new specials and some of the best documentaries from the channel's archive. Online, in addition to features and photo galleries on NationalGeographic.com, the company's Instagram brands will join forces for the first time ever to feature followers' nature photos through the #NatGeoEarthDay campaign.

Inspiring great photography

Beginning Wednesday, April 20, National Geographic is asking its combined 57.7 million Instagram followers to submit their best nature photos with the hashtag #NatGeoEarthDay. Photo editors at @NatGeo, @NatGeoTravel, @NatGeoAdventure, and @NatGeoYourShot will curate select photos into a feed to be published on NationalGeographic.com, offering international exposure to the winning photographers.

The campaign builds on National Geographic's long history of building a community for photographers of all skill levels to share their work. The organization's Your Shot platform collects submissions from all over the world with a mission to tell stories collaboratively through bold photography and expert curation. Nat Geo posts open assignments, and editors review the submissions, offering practical tips on how to capture the perfect shot.

Engaging audiences online

In addition to the Instagram contest, Nat Geo is engaging its digital audiences with features on Nat Geo News, such as the "10 Remarkable Trees" gallery, offering stunning photos of some of the world's most iconic trees. In addition, "46 Things for the 46th Earth Day" celebrates 46 environmental victories that have been achieved since the first Earth Day in 1970, including laws protecting endangered species, efforts to make cleaner drinking water, and international climate agreements.

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Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel, National Geographic

Celebrating wildlife advocates

Nat Geo WILD will celebrate Earth Day by honoring those who inspire us to take care of our world and the animals who live in it, dedicating its entire primetime block on Friday, April 22 to documentaries about protecting wildlife populations. The evening will feature some of the best short films from this year's Wild to Inspire competition, as well as the world premiere of "Mission Critical: Orangutan on the Edge." The full schedule, which includes some of the channel's most iconic animal programming, is as follows:

  • 6:30/5:30c: Wild to Inspire *PREMIERE*
  • 7/6c: Cougars Undercover
  • 8/7c: Mission Critical: Leopards at the Door
  • 9/8c: Mission Critical: Orangutan on the Edge *PREMIERE*
  • 10/9c: War Elephants

"Nat Geo WILD is dedicated to animals and the people who love them, and Earth Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate those brave individuals who use their creative talents to inspire change," said Janet Han Vissering, senior vice president of development and production at Nat Geo WILD. "These specials tug at the heartstrings, inform and remind viewers of the importance of environmental protection for our planet."

Learn more about National Geographic, and visit Nat Geo on Instagram to take part in the #NatGeoEarthDay campaign.


FoxGives Enlists Employees to 'Heal the Bay'

To celebrate Earth Day, FoxGives, Fox's staff volunteer team, joined 50 youth volunteers from the local Boys and Girls Club to participate in a beach clean-up in Santa Monica, California.

Representatives from the Heal the Bay organization gave the youth lessons on marine debris, Los Angeles's sewage and storm drain system, and how a piece of trash can travel for miles and end up in California's beaches and oceans. 

Together, the group collected 55 pounds of trash and more than 4 feet of cigarette butts. Visit FoxGives on Facebook for more photos from the event.


Fox Lot Hosts Annual Earth Day Fair

Last week, nearly three thousand Fox employees, their friends, and families celebrated Earth Day on the Fox Studios Lot in Los Angeles. Fox's annual Earth Day Fair brings together dozens of vendors and nonprofits to provide local, organic food and educate attendees on ways to protect the planet.

This year, Fox offered plenty of exciting ways to learn about the earth, including partnering with Global Inheritance to build an Energy Playground. Attendees could ride swings, pedal stationary bikes, and even run on giant hamster wheels to generate clean energy to power the event. Other attractions included a test drive of the Elio, a groundbreaking eco-friendly car due out next year, and a host of other booths and games designed to teach people about the environment.

Fox also invited students from the nearby Richard Merkin Middle School to participate in the Fair. The students were treated to an art workshop to design their own reusable canvas bags, and they provided much of the energy for the Fair by playing on the Energy Playground.

Other organizations present included Tree People, Heal the Bay, Downtown Women's Center, Plug In America, and Friends of the LA River. For more information, visit My Fox LA for their coverage of the Earth Day Fair, and be sure to stay tuned in the coming weeks for updates on the company's Earth Month activities.

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Celebrate Earth Day with Our Businesses

Since its first celebration on April 22, 1970, Earth Day has grown to become the largest secular holiday in the world. What began as a day of peaceful protests all across America has developed into an international environmental movement, with participants in more than 140 countries. Ever since the launch of the Global Energy Initiative, our businesses have come together to play a major part in those yearly celebrations. And 2013 is no different.

Check out our Earth Day 2013 Case Study to discover some of the environmental projects our businesses have taken on.