Experiencing wild animals can be such a fabulous highlight of your travel experience. However, wild animals used in entertainment may be experiencing unseen cruelty or abuse. How would you know? How could you help?
When an endearing child with big wide eyes implores you to buy the shell necklace her mother made; when a friendly man in a funky bar wants you to join in the local ‘tradition’ of knocking back a shot of snake wine; or when the market stalls have an abundance of very attractive tortoise shell bracelets, hair combs and spectacle frames for sale…what do you do?
On average, three rhinos a day are being killed in South Africa – all because of a lie…
Rhinos are hunted down thanks to the mistaken belief that their horns possess properties that detoxify the body and can therefore cure anything from a hangover to serious illnesses such as cancer. And if there was evidence to support such beliefs – you may as well chew your fingernails!
Travel is a wonderful gift that allows us to experience how others around the world live their lives, but it also shows us a world that isn’t always fair or just.
When this injustice means half of the world’s population might live a poorer, scarier life simply because of their gender, then fighting it is a no-brainer.
“If you’re feeling depleted or tired, just remember all the lives you’re changing!”
These words of encouragement from Climbing for Kids and Bay Area Wilderness Training Executive Director, Scott Woolland, were just what Intrepid’s Charles Knowlton and Tim Melching needed as they embarked on the physical and mental demands of climbing to the 14,000 feet (4270 meter) summit of Grand Teton in the US.
Meeting local people is one of the great highlights of any travel experience and most travellers will want to photograph the interesting faces they encounter on the road.
The problem is though, how to do this without annoying and offending the very people you want to remember.
They’ve been warned! Grizzly and black bear activity is expected throughout the park and due to heavy winter snows, avalanche warnings apply across the high country and mountain passes.
So why would two inexperienced mountaineers be heading off to climb a peak in those conditions?
Destination and itinerary planned – tick! Flights and trip booked – tick! Now what to pack? What clothing will be most appropriate for this upcoming adventure?
Being prepared for the differences in clothing norms will go a long way towards helping you feel at ease and welcomed in your holiday destination. And it may additionally help, especially, but not only women, avoid unwanted attention.
There is never a better day, than today, to speak out and take action to protect our precious planet.
For World Environment Day 2014, the theme is ‘Raise your voice – not the sea level’ and Alex Harris, Communications Officer at Greenpeace Australia Pacific, shares with us her extraordinary and brave experience of raising her voice about the Arctic.