Forests are crucial tools for fighting climate change and protecting the one million species on the brink of extinction, but they are increasingly at risk. The critical ability of trees to absorb carbon dioxide humans place in the atmosphere has inspired many people to reforest swaths of protected lands and to think differently about a future of forest conservation.
It is this passion to protect the world’s forests that inspired the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to travel to parts of Africa—including Botswana, Angola, and Malawi—where the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) is introducing new forest conservation initiatives.
Today, the Duke of Sussex dedicated Liwonde National Park and adjoining Mangochi Forest in Malawi to the QCC. And on Saturday, September 28, Buckingham Palace announced on the Royal Family Instagram that Luengue-Luiana National Park in Angola was also being added to the QCC. The conservation of that area will protect an important elephant migration corridor.
Inspired in part by this drive to protect valuable forest canopy for Earth's many creatures, the Duke of Sussex and QCC took over National Geographic's Instagram account to share images of majestic trees seen from below, some of which are featured in the gallery on this page.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex was a guest editor for National Geographic on Instagram. You can see what he posted throughout the day on @NatGeo.