Celebrated every year, millions of people acknowledge Earth Day by coming together to promote awareness and appreciation for the world. The 22nd of April marks an international day of environmental action. This year’s event focuses on how to reduce our impact on the planet and restore ecosystems.
In honour of Earth Day, we’ve rounded up endangered destinations that you can visit from the comfort of your sofa. So, put your best slippers on and prepare to be amazed. Please note: virtual hikes don’t count towards your daily steps.
Discover the Amazon rainforest’s biodiversity with this 360-degree virtual reality film from Conservation International. Spectacular views bring the region to life. Soar over treetops, delve through the forest and skim across rivers as you explore the largest rainforest in the world. Home to 10% of the world’s known species, the Amazon is a significant refuge for jaguars, harpy eagles and pink dolphins. Travel alongside Kamanja Panashekung, an indigenous guide who demonstrates the many ways communities depend on the rainforest. The film highlights the threats faced by deforestation and the need to protect the Amazon. You can show your support by protecting an acre of the forest here or adopting a jaguar through WWF.
Lace up those new boots and prepare for a top-rated (virtual) hike at the Grand Canyon. This world-famous landmark boasts picturesque views, thrilling white water rafting and more than 400 miles of historic trails. The park also protects a number of threatened species and several rare ecosystems. From rim to river, experience the beauty of this world wonder on a 4K run down the South Kaibab trail. We guarantee you won't even break a sweat! Named one of the USA's most endangered historic places, the park faces threats from climate change, mining and mega developments. Keep the canyon grand by donating to the Grand Canyon Trust.
Take a deep dive into the Great Barrier Reef on an interactive journey with the legendary David Attenborough. One of the world’s greatest natural wonders and Attenborough’s unmistakably calming tone. Need we say more? The Great Barrier Reef is home to more than 1,500 species of fish, one third of the world’s soft corals and 134 species of sharks and rays. During the interactive journey, viewers “sail” through the chapters and can see where they are on the reef. Each chapter reveals different information about the reef while emphasising the importance of conservation. The Great Barrier Reef Foundation lists ways to help against the reef’s decline.
Travel to the world’s highest, driest, windiest and coldest continent without leaving your living room. This mesmerising short film showcases Antarctica’s beautiful, otherworldly landscapes. Did you know 88% of species in the Southern Ocean are found nowhere else in the world? The icy waters teem with penguins and whales. Antarctica’s incredible biodiversity is threatened by climate change and increased fishing. You can listen to National Geographic photographer Cristina Mittermeier here as she shares her love and fears for this stunning place. Those who want to help can donate to worthwhile projects led by WWF.
Journey to the rainforests of Borneo with this incredible documentary. Borneo, the world’s third-largest island, is home to some of Earth’s most endangered species. The orangutan, Sumatran tiger, Bornean elephants all reside in Borneo’s dense rainforest. Global demand for timber continues to place enormous strain on these complex ecosystems; 40 years ago, around 74% of Borneo’s vast land was once rainforest. Shockingly, this has now been reduced to approximately 50%. Help save Borneo’s forests today.
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