I am often asked, what drives me in my fight for the planet? Indeed, it has been difficult and frustrating to see the damage that humans have, and are continuing to, inflict on Earth. Now, more than ever.

As a multimedia editor, I go through many images in a day and every time I see images of nature in all its stunning and surprising beauty, it reinforces in me that this planet Earth, our home, is absolutely worth fighting for.

On this Earth Day, I have picked out a selection of images of Mother Earth’s stunning creations from some of the remotest regions of the planet. I am reminded yet again that nature is the greatest force to preserve and care for. Tell me in the comments below, what motivates you to persevere in your fight for the planet?

Weddell Seal and Adélie Penguins. © Tomás Munita / Greenpeace
A Weddell Seal and Adélie Penguins in the Antarctic Sound. The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise has returned to the Antarctic Peninsula with a team of independent scientists from Stony Brook University, to conduct groundbreaking research on remote penguin colonies, many of which have never before been surveyed. To investigate the impacts of the climate crisis on Antarctic penguin populations. © Tomás Munita / Greenpeace
Face to Face with Nature: Autumn in Karelia (Video Still). © Greenpeace / Igor Podgorny
Video still of a foggy morning over the lake, black grouse on top of pines from a short video about the nature of the Republic of Karelia, located in the northwest of the European part of Russia. From the series “Face to face with Nature”. © Greenpeace / Igor Podgorny
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park in California. © Daniel Beltrá / Greenpeace
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is the last in a long string of redwood parks that stretch up Northern California’s coast. A few miles inland from the ocean, the park is densely forested with huge ancient trees. In fact, it contains seven per cent of all the old-growth redwoods left in the world. No roads or trails mark “Jed Smith’s” core—just pure, primeval majesty. The park was named for Jedediah Strong Smith, who in the 1820s became the first white man to explore the interior of northern California. The park was established in 1929 with a small parcel donated to Save the Redwoods League by the family of lumberman Frank Stout. © Daniel Beltrá / Greenpeace
Pelicans Waiting for Fishermen to Come Back from Sea in Australia. © Michaela Skovranova / Greenpeace
World-renowned underwater photographer Michaela Skovranova (@mishku) travelled to Port Lincoln, Baird Bay and Rapid Bay in South Australia to explore the wild landscapes and unique flora and fauna of the Great Australian Bight. The Great Australian Bight is a pristine wilderness, home to a critical whale sanctuary, tight-knit coastal communities, hundreds of kilometres of towering cliffs and more unique species than the famous Great Barrier Reef. But the beautiful Bight is at risk. Big oil, led by Norwegian company Statoil, has eyes on the Bight. If their plans go ahead, the threats from an oil spill, deafening seismic blasting and pollution are all too real. © Michaela Skovranova / Greenpeace
Autumn in Switzerland. © Greenpeace / Anne Gabriel-Jürgens
October 2020. Autumn in the Engadin, Switzerland. © Greenpeace / Anne Gabriel-Jürgens
Humpback Whale in Tonga. © Paul Hilton / Greenpeace
Humpback whales, enjoy the warm waters of the Pacific ocean, Tonga. © Paul Hilton / Greenpeace
Deciduous Forest "Heilige Hallen" in Winter in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. © Gordon Welters / Greenpeace
Snowy deciduous forest “Heilige Hallen” in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. © Gordon Welters / Greenpeace
Herd of Musk Oxen in Norway. © Markus Mauthe / Greenpeace
Documentation of a herd of musk oxen in winter in Norway’s Dovrefjäll. The animals were reintroduced to the area and have survived there ever since. Rising winter temperatures have been causing problems in recent years. With their thick winter coats the oxen need to cool themselves down by panting, otherwise they could overheat. © Markus Mauthe / Greenpeace
File Clam. © Alexander Semenov / Greenpeace
File Clam (Limaria sp.) swims in the Coral Sea. These deliacte molluscs live on the underside of rocks, filter feed on plankton and swim while rhythmically opening and closing both shell valves. File Clams occur throughout the Indo-west Pacific. © Alexander Semenov / Greenpeace