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Saving the New Mothers of Nepal

Posted on December 21st, 2012

A family next to me is holding a newborn baby wearing a necklace with a locket. Inside the locket, is a tiny cylinder. I ask the mother about it. “My baby wears this necklace to connect us. Inside of it is a piece of our umbilical cord. So that he doesn’t forget me, he wears this his entire life.” The umbilical cord serves as a reminder of the previous physical connection between mother and child. Unlike Western culture, which unceremoniously discards umbilical cords, Nepalese culture has a very different perspective of childbirth. Nepalese also have significantly more challenges. High maternal mortality rates during childbirth result from a combination of factors, particularly scarcity of medical resources and existing social mores that put expectant mothers at…

Paul Nicklen receives award from the Natural Resources Defense Council

Posted on December 7th, 2012

This week Paul Nicklen received the BioGems Visionary Award by the Natural Resources Defense Council. He was given the award in recognition for the role his photography has played in inspiring the organization’s work to protect endangered wildlife and ecosystems, especially in polar regions.

As Paul says: “If we lose ice, we stand to lose an entire ecosystem. I hope we can realize through my photography how inter-connected these species are to ice. It just takes one image to get someone’s attention.”

Paul speaks first hand about his work in a TED talk:

Read the article about Paul’s award HERE