Poignant history has already been made this year. Kenya, having endured several years of drought is being pelted with thunderstorms dropping trees with lightening and destroying bridges in flash floods which have caused entire villages and people to be washed away in what seems to be a mix of natural and man made disasters.
The last male northern rhino on earth, Sudan, died in March. Dame Daphne Sheldrick passed away in April. Victoria Beckham and Colin Firth visited.
The United Nations proclaimed that May 22nd be the International Day for Biological Diversity to increase the awareness and importance of reducing, reusing, recycling – being environmentally friendly, cleaning up oceans, reserves and building greenspaces.
“The world has lost over 130m hectares of rainforests since 1990 and we lose dozens of species every day, pushing the Earth’s ecological system to its limit,” according to Achim Steiner of the UN Development Programme.
2018 was declared the year of the bird to aid our understanding of the dinosaurs that did not die out.
But in all that, there remains beauty to be enjoyed, wisdom to be gained and relaxation to be had.
In this mid issue of 2018, we look towards heritage and its impact on contemporary lives – visiting the ancient ruins of Manda Bay, observing the practices of the Samburu and documenting the migration of dolphins and whales. We have traveller’s tales to share, and document the amazing spirit of the solo Iranian motorbike rider bent on visiting the entire world.
There is art that links conservation and designs from nature that you can wear, wild places where you can walk and an education initiative through sports. Enjoy.
For the Editorial Team.