We are proud to announce that Shannon Galpin, the Producer of our film Afghan Cycles, is now an ambassador for Liv, a cycling brand fully dedicated to women. In addition to the ongoing support that Liv has provided to the Afghan cyclists, and to Mountain2Mountain, they will also join the Afghan Cycles film project as a Presenting Sponsor. Check out a rad short video below on this relationship.
National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and Afghan Cycles Producer, Shannon Galpin, started her nonprofit Mountain2Mountain to empower women and girls in conflict zones and has been working in Afghanistan for the past 7 years. The first woman to mountain bike in Afghanistan in 2009, Galpin used cycling to challenge gender barriers and eventually discovered the women’s Afghan cycling team in 2012. Liv, a cycling brand fully dedicated to women, heard about the work that Galpin was doing with the women cyclists and immediately began to support the team with bikes and equipment.
As a global ambassador for Liv, Galpin shares more about the work she is doing in Afghanistan and how Liv has supported the team in this short video.
This Saturday, August 30th, we will pedal a revolution! Bikers, cyclists, commuters, and striders will take to their wheels in solidarity with the Afghan women who dare to ride, and in remembrance of the women that dared to ride before and in doing so, paved the way for independent mobility and freedom for women around the world. Create your own ride and join us.
Across Africa today wildlife is disappearing, and its story is grim. Yet there is one powerfully bright spot – Namibia - where its people have made the commitment to live with and protect their wildlife.
The Guardians tells the story of Jantjie Rhyn, a farmer from one of Namibia’s vibrant communal conservancies. Despite the dangers of living with lions and other free-roaming wildlife, Jantjie and his community are committed to their protection because responsible tourism and national pride make his wildlife worth more alive than dead. He represents one in five Namibians that today are directly involved in conservation, making him a true guardian of Africa’s natural legacy. Namibians like Jantjie are showing the world how to improve wildlife and a community's lives all at once.
Namibia is home to the greatest wildlife recovery story ever told. Since its birth just over 2 decades ago, the country of Namibia has shown the world how to ensure Africa’s natural legacy while expanding livelihoods. Pride of Namibia tells the story of communities committed to protecting wildlife, of a nation that has enshrined conservation into its constitution, and of the future of responsible travel - tourism that directly benefits the people who give wildlife freedom to roam.
Director of Photography: Joe Riis
Produced & Edited by Jenny Nichols
Special Thanks to:
Bruce Means.Mark Synnott. Rebecca Martin. The National Geographic Expeditions Council. The North Face. Guyana Department of Environmental Protection. Guyana Ministry of Amerindian Affairs. The Village of Kopinang.
"I hear the most beautiful sound in the world," says Dr. Bruce Means. He is referring to the call of a toad that he and his expedition team - North Face Climber Mark Synnott and National Geographic contributing photographer Joe Riis - traveled a long way to find. All the way to the tops of the Tepuis of South America. The Islands in the sky. Means has a hypothesis that he calls a paradigm shift in all of the work up until now concerning the age of the species living on Tepui summits as well as the age of the Tepuis themselves. This little toad is the missing link. In this short film, the team braves the elements and first time repels into crevices in search of this illusive pebble toad. If they find this toad, will they make it back out of the crevice? The expedition to the Tepuis was made possible by National Geographic Expeditions Council.