Itay Refaely, who is from Israel, and Van Dien, from Vietnam, enjoy the sunrise in Punta Cometa, a popular tourist spot in Mazunte, Oaxaca, Mexico. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, visitors from all over the world continue to come to this community ecological reserve situated on Mexico’s outermost point in the Pacific Ocean to replenish their energy and enjoy the scenery.
Oyunsuvd Enkhbold, front, and Mishigsuren Namjil look through binoculars while on a date to a 10-meter-high observation tower in the forest known locally as Tujiin Nars, in Mongolia’s Selenge province. From 1986 to 2002, large fires destroyed 70% of the pine forest. After rehabilitation projects, 70,805 hectares (273 square miles) of the forest were restored. It’s now a national park.
Daniel Enebeli, founder and CEO of biotech startup Protein Kapital, explains how he uses black soldier flies to convert food waste into high-value protein for livestock and fish foods in Kiwanga, a town in Uganda’s Mukono district.
Dorothy Chishiri cuts dried branches from the shrubs around her home in Rusike, a rural area east of Harare, Zimbabwe. Chishiri says firewood is scarce in this part of the village and at times she has had to walk more than 20 kilometers (12 miles) in search of firewood.
Ganbold Lkhamaa compresses cans and plastic bags and containers with a machine at his home in Mongolia’s Khuvsgul province. Since there isn’t a location to recycle waste in Khuvsgul, for the past 10 years Ganbold has bought recyclable waste to compress and transport to a recycling center in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city.
Mwindiki Victoire, left, and Héritier Mumbere plow a field to prepare to plant cassava in Kasando, a neighborhood in Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo. Most Kirumba residents grow cassava, which is a food staple.
Uranzaya Jamiyansuren tends vegetables in the greenhouse at her home in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Uranzaya and her neighbor Munkhbaatar Tsogzolmaa built the greenhouse three years ago to grow food for their families’ consumption.
Miguel de los Santos sculpts tree trunks for the Sierra Hermosa Sports Complex in Tecámac, in the state of Mexico. One of his sculptures is a Mexican grizzly bear that went extinct in the 1960s, to raise awareness of the role humans play in the extinction of animals.
Alejandro Negrete puts on a helmet he made to look like an axolotl during the Rodada Axolotl 2.0 bicycle demonstration in Mexico City, Mexico. The demonstration was held to protest the construction of a vehicular bridge that threatens a wetland in Xochimilco, a neighborhood in the south of the capital. “It’s an axolotl because the animal is native to the municipality, it has been a symbol of Xochimilco for many years and it’s in danger of extinction,” Negrete says. “The few species that used to live in the wetland have already disappeared. Taking control with bicycles, taking some space back from the cars – which have always had the upper hand in this – is essential. Cars separate you, and bicycles get you to create communities.”
Otis Kembo installs solar panels at traffic lights in Mutare, Zimbabwe. This is the city’s second renewable energy project, after streetlights were installed last year to counter power cuts and ensure the safety of residents at night.
Sylma Escobar, a senior marine wildlife rehabilitation technician, feeds Taicaraya, a baby manatee. Department of Natural and Environmental Resources personnel rescued Taicaraya in May, when she was found stranded on the beach in Punta La Bandera, Puerto Rico. After the rescue, Taicaraya was transported to the Caribbean Manatee Conservation Center for treatment and rehabilitation. The Caribbean Stranding Network, along with the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, created the Caribbean Manatee Conservation Center to research, rescue and rehabilitate animals and to educate the public about manatees and other marine species. The Conservation Center cares for the animals in order to later release them.
Gunaseelan Santhini, left, and Tharumaraja Suhanthini plant onion seedlings in a garden in Kondavil, a suburb north of the Sri Lankan city of Jaffna. For over seven years, they have planted onions to improve their family income. They earn 700 Sri Lankan rupees ($3.77) daily.
Chaponda Banda harvests pumpkins from his field in Chinyunyu, a rural area near Lusaka, Zambia.Banda says he intended to sell his produce in Lusaka, but he’s scared of catching the coronavirus.The Ministry of Health is discouraging travel to mitigate the spread of the virus.
Veerakathi Navaraththinam wraps cucumbers in palmyra leaves at his garden in Uduvil, a village near Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Farmers harvest cucumbers from March to August and place them in these leaves for sale.
Guillermo Antonio Altamirano Ramírez monitors his cornfield on the banks of the Tonameca River in San Isidro del Palmar, a town in Mexico’s Oaxaca state. The river flooded in August after heavy rainfall, leaving soggy crops and football fields. “No one is denying that this is how nature is,” Altamirano says, recalling when Hurricane Paulina came through the area nearly 23 years ago. “This doesn’t even compare to Paulina. This was just a little flood.”
Otgonsuren Altan-Ochir, 17, paints cloth bags with eco-friendly paints at Tenkhleg, a department store in Murun, Khuvsgul province, Mongolia. Otgonsuren is making an effort to be more environmentally conscious by using these reusable bags.
Aldahir Díaz Aguilar, left, and Pedro Maldonado discuss operations as they walk through a creole poblano chile farm in Calpan, a region in Mexico’s Puebla state. The duo work with Sociedad Cooperativa Sabores de Calpan, a cooperative that encourages local residents to visit farms to learn about plant cultivation.
Khurbilguun Sergelen, 14, shears a sheep at his neighbor’s home in Bayan, a neighborhood in the Bayandalai soum of Mongolia’s Umnugovi province. Every June and July, herders in Mongolia shear all their sheep.