Not a second hand story, a real experience, with a real child. Travel changes our perception of things. Everyday we hear stories of what is happening in the world, via the media, via friends. We are inundated with second hand information. But when you travel, you see right in front of you the real person. Sitting in an air conditioned hire care in Mumbai, the young girl inches away from my window spinning cartwheels for money shed a whole new light on the word poverty.
|Lillian Rodrigues Pang, Storyteller|
|Diane Wolkstien in Haiti, by Diane Wolkstien|
Diane’s travels preserved a beautiful oral tradition. Many of us become more conscious of preserving our world after traveling. I have travelled to some of the most beautiful wild places on Earth. On safari in South Africa, words and pictures could not describe the wonder of being three metres away from a pack of lions eating their kill.
|Lion Cubs on a Kill, Safari in South Africa, 2008|
Or watching cheetah stalk their prey. It is impossible when you have experienced these things first hand not to be in awe of the majesty of the natural world. But how many of us remain true to that experience once we get home? Is there really much we can do to have an impact on our world?
|Cheetah stalking prey, Safari in South Africa, 2008|
Jen Djula certainly believes so. “I'm excited by the transformative potential of ethical products, and they industry they represent. Very small changes in the choices we make can have an enormous impact in creating a market for ethical designers and manufacturers,” says Jen. “We live in a global society, and the impacts of our choices are vast and far reaching.”
Reaching to the ends of the Earth.
You may have heard people say our lives are a sum of the books we have read and the movies we have seen. I believe our lives are the sum of our experience.