[ #ProtectTheseLands ]
Sørfjord, Norway | Photograph by Alexander Koening
The Sørfjord is a beautiful place in Norway, most famous for being over-photographed 10m long ledge looking over a 700m deep precipice called Trolltunga,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Alexaander Koening. “Sadly this spot gets mistreated like few other places I have seen during my trekking tours. There is plastic waste everywhere, and you even have to be careful not to step into another person’s excrement — disgusting. So please, always abide by the ‘leave no trace’ rules during hikes.”
“I agree with you: ‘always abide by the leave no trace rules during hikes.’ Nothing is more frustrating than seeing trash left behind by others. This action is so disrespectful, not just to our fellow hikers and lovers of nature, but also to our Earth. And if we do not ‘abide by the leave no trace rules, beautiful and breathtaking scenes like this will no longer exist for future generations.” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee)
There are currently 120,000 protected areas covering a total of about 8 million square miles (21 million square kilometers) of land and sea. As the human population continues to grow, there is a chance that fewer land and sea areas will be protected. @natgeoyourshot is asking you, our Your Shot community, to share images that you feel should be protected. Show us parks, underwater habitats, landmarks, beautiful wide open landscapes. Use the hashtag #ProtectTheseLands and we’ll feature our favorite photos and stories each week.