Continuing from where we left off in 2020, we’ve forged ahead in 2021 by contacting acquaintances from within Dreams Abroad and without to join us on our #WinningWednesday project. The premise is clear: here is an opportunity for you to give some #WednesdayWisdom about life, work, whatever you want to get off your chest. We reproduce the videos on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Twitter, and on our YouTube channel too.
Our April 2021 contributor is ANIMONDIAL’s co-founder/director Daniel Turner. Daniel shares a commitment to reinventing tourism away from being a mechanism for accumulating big bucks. He reminds travel companies of their need to give back.
Specifically, Daniel advocates more compassionate measures with regards to animal welfare. One person’s pet is another’s revenue generator and ANIMONDIAL was set up to ensure that animals are no longer exploited. They should get to enjoy a life independent of being the focus of a holiday video, of a vacation photo.
Remember Your Roots
Daniel’s roots are in biology. His University of Sunderland sandwich degree included a year working on a Honduras tobacco farm. A footloose Daniel had already spent his gap year in India, teaching disadvantaged and disabled children.
Post-degree, Daniel returned to Asia as a researcher at the Wildlife Protection Society of India. There then followed a reunion with South America. Daniel’s next position was as a field researcher with Peru’s Sachavacayoc Research Centre with an emphasis on learning about and teaching rainforest ecology.
Daniel argues that it is in our interests, as well as our furry friends, to Build Back Better for Animals and Nature. While tourism has been paused, we need to stop, think, and have a hard look at how we can avert a climate emergency. Species that were once threatened by over-tourism have won some breathing space through the pandemic. And so when tourists return, let’s hope it will be to greater numbers of these animals.