Journeys into the Galapagos Islands
Long ago, submarine volcanoes emerged from the ocean, and wind and water currents brought distant fauna to nascent shorelines. A relative absence of predators over time created a unique sanctuary for richly diverse life on the Galapagos Islands, the long result of evolution and adaptive radiation. Penguins, iguanas, sea lions, manta rays, cormorants, Darwin´s finches, bottlenose dolphins, white-tipped sharks, whale sharks, whales, and giant tortoises are among the incredible diversity of wildlife in the archipelago. This unique fauna, combined with expansive white sand beaches, volcanic floors, coastlines dotted with giant mangroves, and animals that behave as though man is no enemy, demonstrate the enduring enchantment of the Galapagos.
In a world where climate change is no longer a theory; where the planet's profits have increased in an unbelievable way, with a growing gap between the richest and the poorest; where natural resources such as fresh water, arable lands, fisheries, and forests are endangered; where the Internet has created a different dimension in communications and information; and where global population keeps growing at an exponential rate, future leaders will face serious challenges. In the modern world we have more but not necessary we are happier, healthier, or more peaceful. Rationality is not the only way of knowing the world and standardization is good for production but not for people. We are all different and unique.
Using Wilderness Journeys to promote Intercultural Dialogue
The UNESCO director showed me the pile of workshop resolutions and research reports on engaging youth in intercultural dialogue. It nearly reached the ceiling. So much rhetoric, so little action at the grassroots level, he concluded. It was hard to disagree.
Prior to taking up the role of director of Outward Bound Oman in 2009, I had worked as a teacher in the Middle East for 14 years.