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Caring Enough To Explore
Seeking Answers In the Wild
By OWJ Staff Writers, reporting from Clinton, WA
Although it's hard to imagine that there are untouched places left to explore, you'll learn from the explorers and adventurers featured in the Exploring Our World channel that truly wild places still exist, if you know how to follow your compass.
You'll also learn that some of the greatest places to explore are right in your own backyards.
But whether you're exploring a distant land, or a wild place in your own community, the common bond you'll share with fellow explorers is a curiosity about what's down the next trail, or just around the bend.
With increasing regularity, however, the explorer's curiousity is matched by a concern for how long a favored wild place will be spared from the encroachment of modern society. And if the encroachment can't be spared, how can the impact at least be softened as people try to sustainably live side by side with nature.
This mixture of curiosity and concern has been the driving force behind our own One World Journeys Expeditions. From the mountains of the country of Georgia to the rainforests of Costa Rica, our spirit of exploration has been combined with a search for answers to the problems plaguing our planet's special places and species.
In the coming months we'll profile explorers whose work increases our awareness of unique and endangered places, and inspires us to care.
There's Peter Lane Taylor, for example, who traveled the world chronicling the lives of scientists working in the most extreme environments, from noxious gas laden caves to oxygen-depleted mountain peaks. Peter's personal accounts of the project and excerpts from his book "Science at the Extreme" will be the subject of Exploring Our World features.
We'll also introduce you to explorers such as Richard Bangs, who is widely recognized for his many "first descents" down some of the world's most remote white water rivers; and to Wes Skiles, an underwater cameraman known for his breathtaking films about exploration into the world’s deepest underwater caves.
Through their stories, as well as others, we will discover both the challenges and the rewards of pushing the envelope in the name of exploration. And from their first hand observations we’ll learn about the impacts of modern society on the natural world, and how it impacts their concerns for our environment.
And finally, we want to hear from you. The Journeys Corps of Storytellers is where your stories about your own explorations -- whether in your local community or a faraway land -- can make a difference in how we view, and ultimately care about, our planet.
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