World Wildlife Day: Connect With Nature

With so many things in common, why are we so disconnected with the natural world?

Many people talk of reaching a common ground, a mutual understanding, but when it comes to nature, humans are so far away from reaching this understanding with nature that it results in the abuse and enslaving nature.

Beyond watching the occasional nature documentary on TV – when we all claim to realise that we must do better for our planet – people often fail to go further with their appreciation, understanding and commitment to our natural world. The trend has been to take up recycling plastic at home to avoid sending it to our marine ecosystems, without realising that by still consuming fish, they contribute to one of the largest polluters of our oceans, commercial fishing. Or by purchasing sustainable palm oil, with the false notion that we can avoid habitat destruction and loss of species, when sustainability in such areas is often fraught with hidden environmental costs and deception.

We’ve seen, thanks in part to the recent documentary Seaspiracy, how large corporate fishing companies label tuna products as being from sustainable fish stocks and dolphin friendly fishing nets, when heinous abuses can in fact take place that mean neither of these purported claims are true. Then there’s the reliance humans have become to animal meat and dairy, sparing no thought about the how & why and the alternatives that now exist that help us avoid animal cruelty, land abuses and quite frankly, blatant lies from an industry that cares not for animals but for profit. You can learn more about these lies in new documentary ‘Milked’ that helps expose the dairy industry’s lies in New Zealand.

No animals have to purposefully die for our food.

Humans have come a long way from our early ancestors 2 million years ago, so why do we rely on out of date mentalities when it comes to nature and our lives today? Why are we entrusting our lives on the need of our ancestors to “hunt & gather”, who we are so far removed from, that we cannot intelligently and reasonably apply their “hunter & gatherer” way of life to our way of life in 2022. Whilst native and aboriginal peoples rely on their land for sustenance, the same cannot be said about the majority of us. Afterall, it’s not native and aboriginal people who are responsible for plastic pollution, or the destruction of the Amazon Rainforest, nor the excessive amount of vehicles on our roads. So why do people avoid self-responsibility by deflecting their eating or lifestyle habits on to people who haven’t been the cause of these travesties?

Take elephants for example. Much like native and aboriginal peoples, elephants understand their environment and they appreciate how to live, without overconsuming. The importance of an ecosystem is displayed with elephants, even when they do topple trees to reach fruits, those toppled trees grow back, whilst the toppled tree provides nutrients for the earth and additional fruit and leaves as nourishment and shade for small animals and insects. The elephant then moves on to allow for that or new trees to regrow.

We could all learn a few things from elephants.

So this thing called nature and our connection to nature. We have come a long way to understanding our planet. yet here we are in 2022, with increased and maintained instances of abuses within animal farming, tourists irresponsibly interacting with wild and captive animals for a “selfie” and organisations greenwashing their product to save their profits.

As a vegan company, we speak about all of these subjects because they are all interlinked with one another. Our perception of nature, how we treat it, how we use it and the way in which nature is safeguarded for future generations. It’s all related. As a travel company, we of course use nature for our own enjoyment, but critically we go out of our way to have as limited a disturbance of our natural world as possible. No way of life is perfect, but we can all do something that limits our misguided and outdated use (or abuse) of nature, animals, habitats and our oceans.

In the grander scheme of things, humans are but a spec on the planet.

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