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“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

Before you ask, conservation and preservation are linked but they are two separate things. Both involve a degree of protection but the methods are different.

Conservation involves the protection of natural resources, while preservation is concerned with the protection of buildings, objects, and landscapes.

An American Indian proverb reminds us that we cannot eat money but we will have nothing left after the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught and the last river is poisoned.

Travel to help nature. Be a part of efforts of different communities as they try to protect nature, wildlife and other resources. Our natural resources are more precious than gold and it is imperative that we listen when nature speaks. Nature is screaming at us now. Can you hear?


Paddy Fields in Timbang Lawan village. Photo: Nayla Azmi

Conserving the Leuser Ecosystem through Slow Travel

By Nayla Azmi

Sumatra’s Leuser Ecosystem is a magnificent place. One of the largest intact forests left in Southeast Asia, the Leuser covers 2.6 million hectares and is the only place in the world where four important key species co-exist in the wild—the orangutan, tiger, elephant, and rhino.    Read more

Asia Eco-tourism Conservation
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The unexpected bison tradition in South Dakota you can’t miss

By Tara Tadlock

Every year in the autumn, the ground at Custer State Park shakes and the air is filled with clouds of dust. You can hear cheering from crowds of people as they watch almost 2,000 bison being herded into a corral by nearly 60 cowboys and cowgirls on horseback.   Read more

United States Events & Festivals Conservation
Maimoon Palace in Sumantra was once owned by Deli Sultanate. Photo: Nayla Azmi

Where to Go in Sumatra to Learn More About Conservation

By Nayla Azmi

Sumatra is known as one of the only places in the world that you can see the orangutan in the wild. But the island can teach you plenty about conservation, too.    Read more

Asia Conservation
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Developing a Consciousness for Marine Conservation

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

If you were to hear that by 2050 there will be more plastic in our oceans (by weight) than there will be fish, would you be alarmed? I definitely was alarmed when I read white paper about the plastic economy projected by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.   Read more

The World Conservation Social Responsibility
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Animal Conservation in Spain

By Bianka Cramblit

When travelers dream of Spain, most think about wandering down cobblestone alleys, listening to the Spanish guitar, and drinking wine under the shadows of a towering medieval cathedral. However, it’s a mistake to think of Europe only in terms of its beautiful cities and centuries of human history. There is … Read more   Read more

Spain Conservation
Giant tortoises on the Galapagos Island.

Voluntourism and Galapagos Islands Conservation Practices: The Need for Caution

Join us for thought-provoking conversations that examine voluntourism and the impact that conservation practices and tourism have on the Galapagos Islands. First, voluntourism aka volunteer travel projects are helpful to communities in need.  But, intercultural educator Lena Papadopoulos says that some projects cause more harm to the communities they are … Read more   Read more

Central and South America Volunteer Travel Conservation Social Responsibility

America’s Basilica, Cheetah Conservation and Pirate Treasure Hunting with the Cousteau’s

Today on World Footprints we’ll visit one of the largest churches in the world in Washington DC, examine efforts to save cheetahs in Namibia and head off on a Caribbean pirate treasure hunt with the latest generation of Cousteaus. First, The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception … Read more   Read more

The World Experiences Conservation
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Queen of Mantas – One Woman’s Fight For a Threatened Species

By Melissa Hobson

When Andrea Marshall began studying manta rays in Mozambique in 2003 there was so little information about the species that she was forced to recommend them as “data deficient” on the Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List, the go-to authority on endangered species.   Read more

Africa Conservation
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Keeping Whale Shark Tourism Sustainable in Madagascar

By Melissa Hobson

Madagascar’s Nosy Be was recently identified as a hotspot for whale sharks, which could boost the island’s ecotourism to rival the likes of global whale shark hotspots in Tanzania and Mozambique.   Read more

Africa Adventure Conservation Sustainability
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Inside Africa Conservation, Yellowstone, Uganda and Return to Glow

Today on World Footprints we will examine some troubling realities of Western conservation efforts in Africa; we’ll connect with life in Italy; take a glimpse inside of Uganda and we’ll hear about the People of Yellowstone. In her provocative new book:  White Man’s Game, author Stephanie Hanes examines the larger problems … Read more   Read more

The World Experiences Conservation
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Saving the Cheetah, Reviving Detroit, Sailing with Rick Steves

Travel around the globe with World Footprints today as we go to Namibia, the Mediterranean and Detroit. First stop…Namibia with Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder of the Cheetah Conservation Fund.   Read more

The World Experiences Volunteer Travel Conservation
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IZOD Indycar”s Simona de Silvestro, History of Catholicism & Panther Conservation

Simona de Silvestro driving in the Baltimore Grand Prix.  Photo:  Tonya FitzpatrickOn today’s show World Footprints explores the plight of the endangered Panther, we chat with one of the rising IZOD Indycar stars Simona de Silvestro, and we also view Catholicism through the lens with Father Robert Barron.  As a … Read more   Read more

United States Religious Travel Sports Conservation
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Jack Hanna on animal conservation, Cuba travel and packing purposefully

Today we travel to Namibia and beyond with animal conservationist and television personality Jack Hanna; we will discover Cuba through its people with Insight Cuba’s Tom Popper and Rebecca Rothney will share how people around the world are leaving positive footprints through Pack for a Purpose.    Read more

The World Conservation Social Responsibility
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South Africa beyond safari to student exchanges, conservation and Nelson Mandela’s legacy

As the world remembers Nelson Mandela on the anniversary of his death, Tonya and Ian travel full circle from their law careers to South Africa, a destination they hold close to their hearts.  (Hint:  they honeymooned there).  World Footprints shares the lasting legacy of Mandela as it showcases other sides … Read more   Read more

Africa Study or Teach Abroad Conservation
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Actor Eric Braeden, Spanish Cuisine & RARE animal Conservation

World Footprints is pleased to share Part 2 of the 3-part interview with Emmy Award winning actor Eric Braeden, who plays Victor Newman on The Young & the Restless (CBS Daytime).   Eric talks about his favorite travel destinations and his efforts to foster peace and understanding between Germans and the Jewish … Read more   Read more

United States Food & Drink The Arts Conservation Social Responsibility