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OUR ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNITY
Community is one of those concepts that bring us as people together. It is a sense of being and belonging; we all share it in one-way or another. But what is such an important part of this entire sense of belonging and being is how we use that connection with one another. Do we use it to influence positive change or do we sit back and just enjoy the ride? Personally, I think in this globalised world that we live in today it is getting harder to find that sense of community, but there are things happening that inspire hope and movement in the right direction.
Take a moment to reflect on the global movement of Earth Hour on the 23rd of March this year. It was one of the largest Earth Hour’s in recent history and it was astounding to see so many millions, if not billions of people fighting for our common future, that was community. All these efforts were locally based, but had global reach and multiplied together created an energy that no power generator could ever do.
I’d like to take this moment to bring up the next point in this post. There are communities far removed from the modern world, which is connected by technology and social media. There is one community that I will have the pleasure of visiting in the coming weeks to document their very unique place and culture, whom are also endeavouring to strive towards ambitious community based environmental initiatives. This place is on average 3600 metres above sea level high in the Himalayas, is home to some of the highest glacial lakes in the world, high alpine deserts and lush valleys and not forgetting to mention it is a habitat for the elusive Snow Leopard and other rare Himalayan flora and fauna. This place is called the Spiti Valley and is located in the state of Himanchal Pradesh, India. It is only just opening back up to the world as for approximately 5 months of the year it is literally snowed in and cut off from most of the world.
The people of Spiti depend on a very fragile balance between themselves and the natural environment for their livelihoods (as we all do). The community has come together to take part in initiatives, which are assisted by some local NGO’s, to strive towards a more sustainable future, one in which humans, non-humans and nature interact in harmony. As I’m a traveller I visit this region to borrow some of the wisdom and ideas that are currently being implemented there to project them to the world via a short documentary that I plan on making. The magic of the Himalayas and its people has moved me and I hope it will move you too.