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Comprised of 4 million acres in southwest Alaska, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is one of the nation’s most remote national parks. Winter conditions add more challenges to those wanting to explore this gorgeous and diverse landscape, but as you can see, the backcountry scenes are worth the cold. Photo of Tanalian Falls by James Walton, National Park Service.

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Today, President Obama expanded the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to a total protected area of 582,578 square miles – making it the largest marine protected area on Earth. Part of the most remote island archipelago on Earth, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument supports a reef ecosystem with more than 7,000 marine species and is home to many species of coral, fish, birds and marine mammals. This includes the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, the endangered leatherback and hawksbill sea turtles. Top and bottom photos courtesy of James Watt, middle photo by Lindsey Kramer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Hyperion: World’s Tallest Known Living Tree

Hyperion is the name of a coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) in Northern California that was measured at 115.61 metres (379.3 ft), which ranks it as the world’s tallest known living tree. Despite its great height, Hyperion is not the largest known coast redwood; that distinction belongs to the Del Norte Titan. Hyperion was discovered August 25, 2006 by naturalists Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor. The tree was verified as standing 115.55 metres (379.1 ft) tall by Stephen Sillett. The tree was found in a remote area of Redwood National and State Parks purchased in 1978. The exact location of the tree has not been revealed to the public for fear that human traffic would upset the ecosystem the tree inhabits. The tree is estimated to contain 18,600 cubic feet (530 m3) of wood, and to be roughly 700–800 years old. (Source)

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This is the branding I gone and done for the National Undergraduate Remote & Rural Medicine Conference, which is happening on the lovely Isle of Islay this year.

The mark is a combination of abstracted natural features that surround remote & rural surgeries in the UK as well as a subtle nod towards an ECG/heart monitor.

Western Australia remote Aboriginal community closures

If these 150 communities are shut down, the effects of these forced dispossessions will be disastrous. We will see an increase in poor mental health, incarceration rates, homelessness and drug and alcohol abuse. Indigenous leaders have spoken out against these closures and all have voiced the same concerns; if you remove someone from their country, their ancestral lands, you take away that person’s cultural identity. 

Article 10 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples states:

“Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands or territories. No relocation shall take place without the free, prior and informed consent of the indigenous peoples concerned and after agreement on just and fair compensation and, where possible, with the option of return.

Article 8 highlights the dangers of removing people.
1. Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right not to be subjected to forced assimilation or destruction of their culture.
2. States shall provide effective mechanisms for prevention of, and redress for:
(a) Any action which has the aim or effect of depriving them of their integrity as distinct peoples, or of their cultural values or ethnic identities;
(b) Any action which has the aim or effect of dispossessing them of their lands, territories or resources;
© Any form of forced population transfer which has the aim or effect of violating or undermining any of their rights;
(d) Any form of forced assimilation or integration;
(e) Any form of propaganda designed to promote or incite
racial or ethnic discrimination directed against them.”

How can the Australian government so blatantly ignore the rights of First Nations peoples? This colonial state already abuses the rights of refugees and asylum seekers on onshore and offshore detention centers and it certainly won’t stop here with First Nations peoples. 

These community closures cannot go ahead. This is assimilation and an attempt to deny Indigenous peoples their cultural rights and obligations. 

The WA government and the Abbott government will be partaking in genocide by closing these communities. Living on one’s traditional land is not a “lifestyle choice”, it is living on one’s own ancestral lands as a cultured, sovereign and First Nations person.

This is not simply a matter of removing a people from a place they know and call home, it’s a matter of people having nowhere to go once they are removed. It’s a matter of loosing cultural and language because there will be no schools the children can go to so that they can learn their mother tongue and be immersed in their culture. This is a matter and life and death, literally.

What if… Steve finally worked up the courage to learn a song and played it on the guitar in front of Danny, and it’s I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) (the Sleeping at Last version) and Danny just sits there and stares as Steve plays and sings this song quietly. At first he worries that it’s about Cath and his heart breaks, but it doesn’t take Danny too long to figure out that Steve is saying “I love you” to Danny in the simplest and most honest way he can.

Photo - @andy_bardon /// The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is America’s “Atlantis”. Everybody has heard about it in the news, but most people don’t have a clue as to what it looks like. In April 2014 @natgeo ’s Expeditions Council sent a group of experienced adventurers led by @kitdski to the highest mountains in this most remote region of our nation to gather scientific data to be used to create 3D maps made with cutting edge technology and precision accuracy. We found stunning mountains, challenging climbing & skiing, and an abundance of wildlife along the way as we gathered data /// @kitdski is pictured here crossing one of the many frozen lakes on the way to our first mountain objective. She’s got a week’s worth of food, a tent, a sleeping bag, and all the gear she needs right behind her on a sled /// @avyinstitute @natgeocreative @goalzero #humanpower #solarpower by natgeo

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Curious about gender dynamics in Iceland, which has led the world in gender equality for the past seven years, British-American photographer and writer Gabrielle Motola traveled to the remote nation in 2013 and began collecting portraits, stories, and wisdom from its inhabitants. Through her photographs and interviews, she began delving into the minds of women living there, trying to understand what makes gender equality work on a practical level, how it influences the way one thinks and operates in society, and how it shapes society itself.

Motola ultimately photographed more than seventy inspiring individuals — women and men — including former politicians, businesspeople, women speaking out against violence, authors, members of the Lutheran church, designers, artists, and musicians. She also traveled frequently between London, Reykjavik, and New York City during those years, which gave her an opportunity to discuss and reflect on the societal differences between the three cultures — as well as on her own unconscious gender biases.

In Iceland, she says, “I see a relationship between gender equality and intelligent thought that feels absent in most Western civilizations.” She hopes her book of photographs and stories, An Equal Difference, will provide a snapshot of the experiences and philosophies of individuals in Iceland and inspire others around the world to delve deeper into questions of feminism and gender equality.