National Geographic Society

Global Nonprofit Organization

Champion of the Earth

Science and Innovation

About National Geographic Society

As Champions of the Earth, we are fulfilling what we feel is our responsibility: protecting wildlife, conserving ecosystems, pushing for healthier oceans, and incorporating sustainability into our day-to-day operations.

National Geographic is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. For over 127 years, National Geographic has funded thousands of research, conservation and education programs around the globe, creating a community of explorers who have opened our eyes to the wonders of our living planet, taken us to new frontiers, and illuminated the plight of critical species.

National Geographic explorers like Alberto Nava and Lee Berger are uncovering astonishing clues about human evolution and migration. The National Geographic Pristine Seas project has helped governments and communities protect 850,000 square miles of critical ocean habitat. National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative has supported more than 70 conservation projects to help save lions, cheetahs, snow leopards, and jaguars. National Geographic’s content has also sparked a global dialogue about the future of food, helping us make better choices as individuals and as a society that will soon be faced with feeding a global population of 9 billion.

National Geographic magazine was among the first to cover issues of global warming and changing climates—running articles in the magazine as early as the 1970s and 80s. This year, they are devoting a whole issue to climate change to coincide with the Paris climate talks.

Through magazines, television productions, books, expeditions, channels, mobile, and social media platforms like Snapchat, Instagram, and Nat Geo View, National Geographic reaches more than 700 million people worldwide each month and inspires them to take action. In line with the new Sustainable Development Goals, National Geographic is working to call attention to the world’s most pressing issues—particularly the ocean, wildlife, and cultural treasures.

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