Time is running out...
I guess sustainability has always been in my blood as I have always loved the wildlife, our natural habitats and conservation. Sadly in recent years I have however despaired at many of the headlines hitting our news channels. Plastic pollution, the illegal trade in wild animals, extinction and climate change to name just a few.
As a result the buzz words in this field are now “Responsible Travel”, “Eco Tourism” and “Sustainability”.
However all of these terms mean nothing unless you are doing your bit in whatever way you can to protect our beautiful planet.
Time is running out and the question is no longer what is happening, but how bad will it be before the world starts doing enough?”
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I don’t have children and its unlikely I ever will, so my passion on this subject is not because I want to preserve the planet for my kids future. Its for every single living thing on this planet that lives after me.
There are rays of hope for sustainability in places like Costa Rica where the army has been ditched in place of a nationwide focus on ecotourism. Their aim to become the first carbon neutral country in the world while at the same time teaching the kids the importance of the natural world.
As I grow this website with stories of my travels I also wish to focus on the good that people are doing to help preserve our planet. This page is for the people, the stories, the organisations and the charities that have caught my eye.
Feel free to contact me about any others that you would like me to promote however small….. as we all need to do our bit !
In recent years the scourge of our generation has been brought to our attention by David Attenborough’s BBC Planet Earth series.
Of course these are huge issues of a global scale but we can all do our bit. I am not sure if children are taught today about that litter bug and sustainability. I hope they are and that they remember it, like I did, for years to come. To assist this education we need to reduce the production of these plastics and perhaps the only way to do that is to stop buying them.
Maybe next time you walk on that beach or along that pretty country lane look around you, pick up that litter – I promise you it will make you feel a sense of achievement!
Illegal Wildlife Trade
This one is a tough one for me as it makes me so angry. However in life you need to temper the anger and focus on how we can address these inhumane financially motivated actions.
I read in despair about the trade in Rhino horn, pangolin, elephant tusks or big cat fur. We need to fight this trade or lose these beautiful animals forever.
We need to educate children and adults as they are doing in wonderful Costa Rica that the environment is our greatest gift.
Whether it is wild or domestic animals Britain has always been an animal loving nation.
Sadly there are many cases of cruelty and we often read of youths using pellet guns on domestic animals or the maiming of farm animals or the seizing of rare wild bird eggs for personal collections.
There are so many wonderful people and organisations to highlight… here are some BUT I want to hear from your favourites too.
Whether the destruction is as a result of climate change or of the deforestation of our critically important rainforests this remains one of our planets greatest challenges.
In 2021 I will be travelling to Costa Rica to witness some of the sustainability projects underway to reverse this trend and help both the forest, the nations economy and to reverse climate change.
This is such a crucial issue and there is no simple answer but once again we can each do our bit to help and encourage people, companies and organisations to change. It’s in all our interests long term!