Letter to the United
This letter was submitted to the United Nations forum on eco-tourism
The mission of San Juan Safaris and other
eco-tourism companies I have operated, has been consistent over
the years. I have continually merged my professional goals with
my environmental concerns.
The realization that I have had the rare opportunity to integrate
my profession with my personal ideology has enabled me to maintain
my enthusiasm even during the difficult periods of my career.
My greatest concerns center on the earth's inability to cope with
the rapid human assault on its wildlife resources. Loss of habitat
to commercial development coupled with human indifference towards
the environment has deteriorated our quality of life, while allowing
precious wildlife resources to slip into the history books.
My mission is to be a positive force in curbing these losses. Through
the various activities we operate, I attempt to instill a sense
of appreciation towards the total environment. I encourage the visitor
to escape, if only temporarily, from their human made confines to
experience a bonding with the earth on an intimate basis.
Through a close and personal encounter with a wild place, I believe
people can be made aware of their connection to the natural world.
Their inner spirit can be reawakened and reconnected with the earth;
just as it once was prior to being severed by advanced civilization.
It is with this mission that I devote my professional energies.
To me, eco-tourism is the marriage of an altruistic mission to an
economic model! The union of mission and model produces "sustainable
tourism" which is critical to providing hope for many species and
ecosystems throughout the world. Important also is that a career
in ecotourism provides a platform for "responsible capitalism".
Encouraging and promoting responsible capitalism is essential if
we are to maintain a viable, biologically diverse planet in the
owner/operator of San Juan Safaris
San Juan Island, Washington
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