At Ecophiles, we’re looking back at the pledges toward climate change and conservation and looking forward with hope for a positive turn in the fate of the many vulnerable and endangered species across the globe.

From the lions at Masai Mara, to the penguins in Antarctica, from the sea turtles in Hawaii to the sea lions in Galapagos, from polar bears to elephants – every creature threatened by their surroundings – yet majestic in their beauty.

Here’s a look at some of nature’s most vulnerable and wildlife at its best.

Polar Bear family Photo-bm.iphone CC 2.0 via Flickr

Polar Bear family Photo-bm.iphone CC 2.0 via Flickr

Chimp, Kibale, Uganda Photo: Rod Waddington-CC 2.0 via Flickr

Chimpanzee, Kibale, Uganda Photo: Rod Waddington-CC 2.0 via Flickr

Pink Flamingo. Photo: Art G.-CC 2.0 via Flickr

Pink Flamingo. Photo: Art G.-CC 2.0 via Flickr

Lion family-Masai Mara-Kenya. Photo: Benh Lieu Song-CC 2.0 via Flickr

Lion family-Masai Mara-Kenya. Photo: Benh Lieu Song-CC 2.0 via Flickr

Sea Lion Pup-Galapagos Islands. Photo by Dag Peak-CC 2.0 via Flickr

Sea Lion Pup-Galapagos Islands. Photo by Dag Peak-CC 2.0 via Flickr

Mpumalanga-South Africa-Mama and baby Elephants. Photo: Chris-Eason-CC-2.0-via-Flickr

Mpumalanga-South Africa-Mama & baby Elephant. Photo: Chris Eason-CC 2.0-via-Flickr

Alaska-Spectacled eider male-U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Photo by Laura L. Whitehouse-CC 2.0 Flickr

Alaska-Spectacled eider male-U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Photo by Laura L. Whitehouse

Australia-Kangaroo Boxing. Photo by Scott Calleja-CC 2.0 via Flickr

Australia-Kangaroo Boxing. Photo by Scott Calleja-CC 2.0 via Flickr

Green Sea Turtle-Kahalu'u Beach Park Kailua-Hawaii. Photo by Ron Cogswell-CC 2.0 via Flickr

Green Sea Turtle-Kahalu’u Beach Park-Hawaii. Photo by Ron Cogswell-CC 2.0 via Flickr

Ratu and Andatu-Rhinoceros mama and baby-Courtesy International Rhino Foundation. Photo by S. Ellis

Rhinoceros mama and baby-Courtesy International Rhino Foundation. Photo by S. Ellis

Gelada Baboon, Simien, Ethiopia-Photo by Rod Waddington-CC 2.0 via Flickr

Gelada Baboon, Simien, Ethiopia-Photo by Rod Waddington-CC 2.0 via Flickr

Here’s a summary of what countries around the world have pledged to the UN in how far they intend to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Check to see how your country fares against others. Be informed. Be the voice of change. Be an Ecophile.