For the first time ever, Facebook Live will be hosting this week’s interview not from National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C., but from the remote Pitcairn Islands nestled in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Miles from any other inhabited island, Explorer-in-Residence, Enric Sala will join us by satellite phone to give an update on a month-long expedition to Pitcairn and will reveal stunning photographs straight from the field of the island’s rich biodiversity.
In 1790, nine British seamen laid anchor off the rocky shores of Pitcairn. They were members of the crew aboard HMS Bounty, the infamous ship that saw the most famous mutiny in naval history. After having spent months in Tahiti on a trade voyage, a handful of seamen decided never to return to England and instead sought refuge on a small deserted island along with six Tahitian men and 11 Tahitian women.
It’s been fifty-five years since the last National Geographic explorer ventured to the island. Now Enric returns for an even more pressing issue: to help save one of the last pristine stretches of water left on Earth. As Enric writes,
“This expedition is part of our Pristine Seas project – to explore, survey and help protect the last wild places in the ocean. It is part of our collaboration with the Global Ocean Legacy project of the Pew Environment Group. Our goal is to assess the state of Pitcairn’s marine life, and to propose recommendations to the Pitcairn community for the conservation of their resources.”
Join us for a live conversation on the National Geographic Facebook page Wednesday, March 28 at 2:30pm ET (7:30pm UTC). Post your questions there or in the comments section of this blog post. Then tune in for the live interview and post more questions as the conversation develops.