Cam Douglas & Yvonne Leicht are teachers & community activists from Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Our daughter Kaia is 13 and son Jake is 12. We are travelling from Sept 2014 to June 2015, in search of sustainability practice, people and places. We hope to visit, learn of, and document innovative or otherwise effective examples of environmental leadership (big or small) through renewable energy & conservation, sustainable urban transportation & design, sustainable food production & water use, biodiversity conservation & protection of indigenous peoples, sustainable (“eco”?) tourism, and less consumer-oriented living.
Our journey is loosely inspired by Chris Turner’s book “The Geography of Hope – A Tour of the of the world we need“. Chris points out in compelling fashion that all the pieces of a sustainable future already exist … just not all in once place. The puzzle needs to be put together.
We plan to share our year’s experiences through writing, photo, video & speaking. This blog represents the “rough cut” of writing & photo. We welcome comments, and especially suggestions re. where we should go and who we should meet with. Our flight itinerary is now set, and is shared in our 1st post.
We are also producing a set of video vignettes focussed on different aspects of sustainabililty. These are being prepared for grade 7 to 9 classrooms and Kaia and Jake are the hosts of the series. Series episodes will include for example sustainable transportaion, ecotourism, biodiversity conservation, water conservation, climate change impacts on coral reefs, and renewable energy.
P.S. – we’re looking for a good tree planting project to try to offset our rather considerable flight carbon. Like maybe most of Borneo? Seriously though … we are open to suggestions!