It’s been about six months since we started blogging on Sustainable Jungle. Learning about and practicing (read: trying to practice!) sustainable living certainly has had its ups and downs. But we’ve loved every second of it. We’ve loved sharing our wins (and losses) and while most of our time was spent focusing on sustainable beauty we realise that there are many other issues that require urgent attention.
So, knowing what we love, knowing where our passion lies and being conscious that the window in which humanity has left to act is closing, we feel like we have to take this project to the next level. We have to take a leap of faith.
As you all know, the world today is facing mounting challenges that have never been seen before. The projections are dire. Climate change is already starting to displace humans and wildlife from their homes and the next mass extinction is happening right under our noses. Equality and human rights are still ongoing challenges, war is a constant threat and we have crazy people in positions of power who are amplifying all of the above.
With all that in mind, we feel like we have to do more. We have the ability and capacity to make meaningful contributions, to build awareness and help catalyze positive change in the world. We want to focus on helping the world understand, value and get excited about the incredible, hugely valuable natural assets that are at imminent risk.
So, we’ve decided to hit the road for six months to focus entirely on our blog! Through podcasting and short videos, we’ll be interviewing and showcasing people doing amazing work and directly contributing to a better future for all. By doing so, we hope to galvanize support and community around these initiatives. We need them to be successful.
Our focus will be on sustainability and conservation (our areas of passion) but we’ll also be having conversations with people who are doing remarkable things in the realm of future-proofing. We’re starting this journey in February 2018 and plan to spend time in each of the following locations over the next 6 months:
- Europe: It’s little known that Europe is actually going through an exciting process of rewilding large areas to make space for nature and wildlife. We want to bring this to the attention of more locals, nature lovers and especially those considering a trip to Europe. Sometimes you don’t need to go all the way to Africa to go on safari!
- North America: An incredibly diverse home to some of the most beautiful flora and critically endangered fauna. We want to learn first-hand how some of the world’s most innovative thinkers are tackling these problems with exciting tech solutions
- South America: The Amazon is probably the first location that springs to mind when you think of South America. However, there are many other beautiful and fragile locations that are also being bulldozed at an alarming pace to make space for agricultural purposes. The collateral damage to the animal populations are devastating. We want to see it in person, meet with those on the front lines who are tackling these issues and help spread the word
- Africa: We were born in South Africa so this continent is especially close to our hearts. We want to show the world what is at stake. We want to encourage more people to visit the remarkable eco-tourism destinations it has to offer. The economical value of these natural and irreplaceable assets is more than we know
Asia and Australia are on our list too, of course, and we hope to tackle both later in the year but we’re conscious that we don’t have all the time in the world on this first leg. We want to highlight as many of the world’s issues and solutions as we can and we will do so by focusing on showcasing well researched, high quality stories
To follow along, look out for our changes to the site where we’ll be adding our podcast episodes and videos and if you sign up to our newsletter here we’ll send you our life on the road updates and interviews.
We should mention that we’re relatively new to blogging, podcasting and video making so this is all going to be a bit of a ‘fly by the seat of your pants’ approach. But you live once, so why not! We’d love it (and really really appreciate it!) if our passionate animal and nature loving readers would give us any tips and feedback along the way. We want to make this as EPIC as possible!
Also, if you know of any incredible people in any of the above locations who need (or want) their story told or that we could learn a thing or two from, we’d absolutely love to hear about them.
We also just wanted to say thank you. For following along, for reading our articles and updates and for helping us build a growing community over the last few months, we are so very grateful and now super excited about bringing new, interesting and exciting ideas, initiatives, tips, tricks, learnings and stories to you!
As always, please get in touch with us if you have any thoughts, ideas or comments on any of the above!