“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
We are more than the sum of our knowledge,
we are the products of our imagination. ”
Ancient American Proverb
Whilst the origins of this proverb are open to some debate the message remains the same no matter its authorship. We have a duty to take care of our planet.
Although Africa Nature Training (ANT) primarily offers courses and experiences that share knowledge of the African Savanna I believe that whilst it is important to gain factual understanding it is as important to establish a deep connection with nature. My wish for all students who participate in any of our programmes is that they take away a desire to make a difference to the future of our natural world.
Part of my vision for ANT is to inspire children to become familiar with their natural heritage, to treasure, protect and enjoy it through programmes and experiences that are designed specifically for them. The future poses many challenges to wild places and animals and it is important that we equip passionate ambassadors now. Most importantly we need to begin finding solutions that enable people and wildlife to co-habit without conflict.
In the sixteen years that Africa Nature Training has been in existence I have been fortunate to visit truly amazing places and work with some extraordinary people. This message would not be complete without thanking one person in particular. Garth Saunders has been a great mentor without whose guidance and support ANT would not be here today.
I hope we will have the privilege of spending time in the African bush with you..