Having A Good time in a temporal Island, would you go for it? I wouldn’t even think twice about it. Its a big yes for me. And I have just a nice place that I will plan on a day to go and enjoy the ocean there.
Islands are naturally full of life and unique environment. I think water separates them from all the bad things until human developments happen.
Island that stays alive for four hours in a given season
During my visit to the ocean, I was shown a portion of the ocean that dries up sometimes. Allowing people to enjoy some calmness of the ocean within its vicinity. The place can remain dry for almost four hours, meaning, you can even hold a short party there.
When you are enjoying a boat ride, the breeze kisses your face in amazing ways. As the waves soothe your moods. The land continues to reduce in size as you sail deeper into the ocean.
Its normally feels like you are entering a different and new world. The feeling is incredible.
Understanding Sustainable Tourism so as to promote it in our travels. Our travels should leave a positive impact on our hosts, people, wildlife and the environment. As well as offer us great experience and memories.
For something to be considered sustainable, it has to respect three important sectors. That is:
Environment, both the natural and man-made environments.
Economic, the generated revenue.
Culture, people and their cultures.
For tourism to be sustainable, then it has to offer the above benefits fully.
Sustainable tourism is whereby the tourism sector commits to cause a low impact on both the environment and local culture. In line with generating employment opportunity to the local communities.
It simply implies that, as a tourist, your visit cause a positive impact on the society, economy, and environment.
So next time while doing your travels, ensure it adheres to the above.
Understanding Sustainable Tourism
To really understand sustainable tourism, then you will need to look into its three key sectors.
Don’t Step on Corals, They are alive. And you wouldn’t like anyone stepping on you either. If you are having a boat ride or any other ride into the ocean with a captain who doesn’t care much about the environment, they may use it as a “fun thing” to do when you get at the deep end.
I have ever been a victim of that, I stepped on corals thinking they were dead
Sometime last year, when I visited the ocean, I did exactly that after been wrongly informed by my guide that that place had dead corals. In the spirit of promoting sustainable tourism, I decided to promote the locals by choosing them for my boat ride services.
Despite not having school know-how knowledge, they were well-informed about the ocean. They understood the area so well to a point of making someone fall in love with the place instantly.
When we got to the deep end, they offered to dive in and bring us some marine creatures. Which included two urchins, male and female. This is the point they encouraged me to enter the ocean and enjoy the waters. And since I didn’t have sufficient safety clothing, I expressed my concern. And that’s when he told him, that they were dead corals around us. SoI just had to step on them and I will be fine.
During my recent visit, is when I realized. They were not entirely truthful. The corals were very much alive and this means, I stepped and maybe killed some in the process. I felt really bad, I hate being a problem for the environment.
But am well-informed know, and I wouldn’t like you to make the same mistake.
So here are some of the tips to ensure you respect corals;
Your internet usage has a carbon footprint. This means that how you live Online has an impact on how you live Offline. Seems everything we do has a carbon footprint. So we are required to calculate our carbon footprint and embrace ways to reduce it. Or keep it as low as possible.
What is the internet’s carbon footprint?
You may tend to think about how this is possible. After all, its just internet. The movies, tv shows, emails, songs, etc. How does that emit greenhouses gases?
Internet’s carbon footprint is contributed by work behind the scenes. The servers that make it possible for you to get the end product. These serves are powered by various types of energy which is mostly not clean. And they run 24/7.
After all, no one likes internet outages. Or else we will shower the internet providers customer cares with all the mean words we have in our heads.
Some of the contributors to carbon footprint in internet usage
Is our company enough for our pets? Especially those who have only one pet. Hence making them the unique species in the house. As much as they may enjoy our companionship, is it really enough? Or they silently wish they had contact with one of their kind?
Pets are social animals
I tend to think that animals that can be petted are social. And that’s why they are able to mix with humans.
As we know, social animals like being other animals. Either with their kind or other animals. Unlike the solitary ones that love being on their own.
With that said, does our companion alone fill their need of being with other animals. Or we are a cause of some loneliness in them.
Promoting The New Conservation Model. Through a talk by CEO of Elephant Neighbour Center, Mr. Jim Justus Nyamu. One of the greatest conservation heroes. Do you remember the man I told you literally walks for the elephants? He is now promoting a new conservation model that is aimed at. Promote Conservation for Heritage as opposed to Conservation for tourism.
So how was the talk?
Unfortunately, I was late for a couple of minutes but was lucky to catch up at the best moments.
He had just started narrated about his various walk across the country, countries, and continent. This gentleman has walked many miles and only his shoes truly understand the miles covered. And he does all these walking for the elephants. He wants all of us to understand the reason why we should not allow them to disappear.
Through the talk, he was able to bring out this important concept that will help bring a strong drive in conservation spirit. Knowing that your future grandkids or generation misses witnessing the presence of the elephants just because you chose not to do anything. Is enough to hit reality into your head.
We are a generation that only thinks of itself and profits. Doing our best not to care about those who will come after us. What we forget is that, whatever we have today. Is borrowed from the future generation and we should take good care of it.
When you decide to fight to poach and help protect wildlife. The future generation will not have to read them in books, but rather experience them in person.
Africa continent is a lucky continent as it still has most of its wildlife present. Thanks to the slow development and technology. Insufficient development and technology may have caused us poor living standards and left behind, hence referred to as the dark continent. But helped our wildlife to survive this far. So we have both the pros and cons. Which applies to every situation on our planet.
Those who have already lost their wildlife and now get to enjoy them in zoos, sanctuary or any other captive wildlife structures. Know the pinch and some have tried to help us understand what awaits us if we continue business as usual. So we have to wake up and protect what is left of our heritage.
I was happy to see people asking questions and wanting to know what they need to do to help. A good indication that they are ready to answer the call. This is just the beginning, after hearing, the action is what matters the most.
Best stories during the talk
It was a great meeting with great people. And they were very jovial and interactive. So when the floor was open. Several good stories came up.
My best story was learning that hyenas can crush any bone except the knee cap one. I didn’t know this, despite being a great fun of hyenas. So one little knee cap won’t allow the hyena to crush it. It is important to note that hyenas are very important in our ecosystem. By controlling diseases spread. This is because they crush and consume anything that crosses their path (except the knee cap of course). By doing so, if the dead animals died due to sickness, it won’t spread to other animals. Hyenas have a way of breaking down the diseases with their strong digestive systems.
Then I heard of a very interesting story about a dog and an elephant. Whereby the dog gave birth several times while the elephant was still carrying her pregnancy. As you know, elephants carry their pregnancy for 22 months while dogs for about 68 days. So the dog at some point asks the elephant, “Are you sure you carrying something inside the there”. Elephant’s answer was the boom, “Hey, When I give birth, the whole world notices it. But when you do so, no one really does notice”
The New Conservation Model : Conserving for heritage as opposed to conserving for tourism
Tourism has been a big benefit to African countries, bringing in huge amounts of money into their economies. As a result, most of them having been conserving wildlife to sustain these income flow. This has made them look very little into the wildlife welfare, as their aim is to gain more. So they have concentrated in building prestigious hotels near the conservation areas and even within.
Developments have increased within our parks and reserves, and it has turned into normal business. Pushing wildlife into the neighboring communities, hence creating human-wildlife conflicts. Surprising, while reporting such incidences we tend to concentrate on the menace created by the wildlife. And fail to point out what lead to that moment.
If we conserve for heritage, we will not allow tarmac roads into our conservation areas. Or any developments whatsoever. We will allow wildlife to enjoy their natural habitat as natural as it can be. We will concentrate on the welfare of the wildlife, and not how much we can make by modifying a particular thing to accommodate tourism.
Hey, am not against tourism. I just advocate for one that respects and empowers wildlife welfare. They are the CEOs and should be respected.
As the lawmakers come up with policies regarding wildlife, they should have their welfare concern in mind. The scientist, conservationists, and lawmakers should come up with a common ground for the benefit of the wildlife. These three can have a productive session as they have all the information needed for a bright future of our wildlife.
Conserving for heritage may not bring in the cash needed hence low profits, but it will protect our heritage for generations. We may think that we can price tag our wildlife and other natural resources from the revenue we gain from them. But we are very wrong, they cannot be price tagged.
Let Us Embrace Culture For Growing Trees. Just planting trees, will not offer any help in our fight against climate change. We need to help the tree grow and make it to a point where it can survive on its own.
Planting versus Growing of trees
Planting trees are easy but growing them, needs more work and commitment. Hence yielding the desired results.
It doesn’t help if we manage to plant huge numbers of trees, only for them to die after a few days. We would rather just plant a few and ensure they grow to maturity.
To effectively improve our forest cover, we need to do more of growing trees than planting.
What does growing trees entails?
Growing trees ensures that the tree reaches maturity.
For a tree to survive until maturity, we have to take care of the following factors:
Plant the right trees in the places we choose we have trees
Choosing the right tree species is vital for a successful tree growing.
You should make an effort to understand the native trees to that area. And also invest in indigenous tree species. As they have higher chances of surviving the weather and other environmental conditions of that place.
Information is available all over the forest organizations’ website or any other place online. Do a little digging of the right information to avoid growing wrong tree species in the wrong places.
Going for the fast growing trees
Due to the current harsh environmental conditions, it will be best if considered planting fast-growing trees.
Not only will they grow faster, but also survive to maturity.
The aim is to have as many trees as possible grow. Hence improve on our forest cover.
Ensuring that the planted trees are watered regularly if the area has inadequate rains
Water is life.
Water is very important for a growing tree. And it may be scarce in some areas. So in such areas, you will need to supply this vital commodity to it.
Fencing around them
New tiny seedlings may easily be consumed by animals or stepped on by humans.
To offer them protection from such incidences, you will need to have some kind of protective wall. It may be a net or few planks of wood. Strong enough to keep the intruders away.
For you to confirm that your tree is growing, it will need you to pay it several visits. Which will allow you to do the needed checks.
The trees successful growth will need a good fraction of your time.
Encourage more people to join and do the same
It’s always good to include others after teaching them the importance of the action. Help them understand the importance of trees and why they should grow more. You will, therefore, manage to have more trees growing under the collected care.
Let us allow Nature to heal. Time heals everything and nature has its own prescription. All we have to do is, allow it some humble time and space. We all know that nature heals, but we tend to forget that as much as it may heal us. It does need time to heal itself as well.
We pushed it to its limit, hence resulting in the cruel climate change. We introduced the harmful greenhouse gases that weakened its ability to regulate gases on our planet. We reduced it’s reduced by cutting down trees. That it uses to breathe in the carbon dioxide we produce.
Just like when our white body counts go down, and we get vulnerable to various diseases attacks. That is what is happening to nature. The resources that it uses to function well are being eliminated to give space to human developments.
What can we learn from the rains (In Kenya)?
After long periods of dry seasons, the rains finally came.
People had already started losing their lives and livestock to the drought. They migrated to different areas for food and water, which was a temporary solution. Due to the pressure on the already scarce resources, things got worst after a short while.
We went ahead to blame our governments, both the county and national. Some used the opportunity to show off by assisting the affected and making sure we knew about it on social media. We did both good and bad, as that time was concerned.
Then the rains came
At first, the rains didn’t come as per our Kenya Meteorological predictions. Which they later explained that the rains had delayed in Tanzania. But finally. the rains reached us.
Within a few weeks, you could see green everywhere. The dead plants were got their life back and temperatures dropped.
Everyone was relieved and happy to have rains around.
Am happy to report that many people come out to advocate for tree planting. From the public figures, media personalities, common Citizens, conservationists, ministry of Environment and Foresty, among others.
Seedlings have been available at affordable prices in several towns, hence making it easy for Kenyans to plant more trees.
What do we learn from the short time we have been enjoying rainfall?
If plants could manage to be relieved by the rains in such a short time, what happens if we plant more trees. Hence ensuring that we have sufficient ground cover to prevent evaporation of water in the ground.
By having sufficient plant cover in our land, we will be able to secure groundwater for a longer time. As we plant and grow trees, we should also grow the ground plants such as grass as well. Leaving no blanks in the available space.
Our grown trees will help offset our carbon, giving us back the fresh air.
What I also advocate for, is planting and growing trees in our arid areas.
We have parts of our country that is always dry. People in these areas are nomadic hence move from time to time.
Being an arid area, we should try to plant indigenous trees adapted to such areas. Hence turning these little “deserts” to beautiful green lands. We should be able to harvest the ongoing rains to support irrigation farming so as to avoid famine.
By planting indigenous trees in these areas, supplying them with water and ensuring that they grow. We will help nature repair itself. Hence turning into something beautiful and green. Hence providing the community with the resources they need.
Are we misusing the word Sustainability? Now that we have been attaching it to any project we want to prosper. Nowadays, if you want to get support. Then you have to convince us that it’s sustainable. But do they really mean it in action?
What is Sustainability?
In regards to economic growth, sustainability refers to the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level.
While in pursuit of global environmental sustainability, it implies avoiding the depletion of natural resources. So as to maintain an ecological balance.
What about the Sustainable Developments?
Involves economic development that is conducted without depletion of natural resources.
Now you can easily understand the sustainable development goals. They are all geared towards ensuring that we don’t too much from our natural resources. We avoid overexploitation so as to allow nature space to regenerate what we take.
Then we adopted..
Sustainable living, sustainable customer service, sustainable work environment, sustainable consumption, and many other sustainable that we thought would help us sell our ideas to the target group.
Are we really living up to its real meaning? Do we really understand what it takes to have a sustainable something?
Can sustainability be measured in our developments?
How do we know that our developments are sustainable or click with sustainability?
Here is where measures come in. Which includes:
The three Rs approach. Where we reduce, reuse and recycle. With this approach, we get to reduce wastage, pollution, and exploitation. This helps to rule out the one-use plastic products, only using what we need and not wasting anything, as well as having something we can refuse for several times.
Capacity building among the public and involved parties. By creating awareness and educating them. Then we get to have informed people that will help advocate for decisions that are eco-friendly and good for our ecosystem.
Nature of the technology. The correct and sustainable technology should be people friendly, positive to the environment, respects our culture, doesn’t use a lot of resources. and produce a minimum of waste.
Offers quality life. The development should be able to have a positive effect on people’s lives in all aspects. That is, socially, economically as well as culturally. No group or class of people should be left out. Each of their needs should be taken into consideration.
Do you teach your Kids about our Environment? Do they understand the changing events in our environment? How do they handle waste management in the house?
Homes and Schools shapes how kids
You can easily tell how a home is from how kids from that home behaves.
If a kid is from a home where no one cares to make them dispose of waste correctly. They will easily litter everywhere, without giving it much thought. They will mix waste and promote bad waste management.
Same can be said when it comes to respecting and how people treat others. As much as respect is earned, we also need to have a good background since childhood. If you grow up not knowing anything about respect. Then how will you even know that someone has earned it?
How we treat people in our houses, the kids see and mirror. Just like they know to do stuff by mirroring adults. Same applies to also behaviors we may not want them to copy. So we have to be careful about how we handle ourselves. As it fully shapes our future generation.
But things seem to be changing in some parts
Kids seem to be making wiser decisions than the grownups. And even going ahead to correct us. It’s a good thing as well as the savior to our rotting society. Helps in correcting what adults messed up.
Internet and exposure to online space have exposed kids to more teachers around the world. For both bad and good developments. Depending on how they use the internet. A lot is being taught in the online space and almost out of control. We can not control what to be accessed or what not to be accessed. And since most parents are green to online space, kids are the ones doing the teaching.
Look at the striking students on climate change. They have been pointing out what leaders and parents, have been silent about. What they have refused to admit just so as to continue explaining our environment. They have managed to convince both adults and other students on the needs to fight climate change.
So, will you teach your kids about the environment? Or will you let them know about it on their own?
I have a friend who always targets his son into all his environmental initiatives. He teaches him the importance of growing trees, not wasting food, among other valuable environmental lessons. The kid loves it and keeps up with dad’s works. Which is a beautiful thing, right?
Wouldn’t you like the same? Where your kid serves themselves exactly what they can consume, are happy and eager to grow trees, ensures that each waste goes to the right bin, among others. Whose decisions will always consider their impacts on the environment. And these are the tomorrow leaders that we need. Since it seems that we are unable or unwilling to right our wrongs.
It starts with baby steps, they just want good footprints to follow. Let us stop misleading them. Unlike adults, kids love and care for each other genuinely. They will do things to other kids without expecting anything in return. That’s why they don’t see race, color, tribe, class or whatever evils adults see. For them, they are all equal in each other’s eyes. They are not corrupted by greed.
No wonder they click so well with animals. Both have pure hearts and clean intentions. They think no harm for anything and do almost everything out of pure love of their little tiny hearts.