Escaping from the busy urban life to a wilderness unknown covers a wider part of exploration. New and strange places are always top of the list. Many of today’s plant and animal species got discovered by either chance or intention. Things always seem impossible until someone does it. So many times science has proven something is impossible but at the same time proved that it is possible. Today, we can claim there are no more species we don’t know that exist. We would indeed be wrong as many species have gone extinct before they become known. Before we realise their importance to the entire ecosystem.
Exploration involves; taking risks, thinking differently and travelling with a purpose. This is not only to discover new places and sights but to marvel at the less explored places. Sometimes, the roads to get there may be treacherous. The nights and days will be long. The weather is always unpredictable. We are never sure of our safety of whom and what we will meet along the way. The thrill is, being able to achieve milestones. Discovering not only something new but sometimes even ourselves.
Anyone can be an explorer. Exploration reveals the amazing diversity and hidden intricacies of our world. Humanity needs to understand the planet, species and their behaviour not well recognized. This enhances change within communities. It leads to protecting and cherishing one or more species which are now well understood. Studies have shown, people are more likely to protect what they know rather than what they don’t know.
When Alberto Borges, at 17 years – old, the exploration bug hit, he set off to travel to the wondrous and the heat scorching Chalbi Desert within Marsabit. His exploration led to a discovery. ‘Goldy’, a type of Camel Spider which he christened. With only one clear image of the species which he took, get to watch his insightful Ted Talk here. You will get the inspiration to be an explorer yourself.
It is easy to become an explorer. All you need to do is go outside the periphery and comforts of the four corners of a structural building. Grab a pair of binoculars and a camera. Have an open mind. Be curious. Stay optimistic and have the courage to transverse areas you have never been. Feel the fear and do it anyway. You never know what you will discover, and the impact you will have on humanity.
Discovering new species shouldn’t be the end goal. Seek to venture into new wild spaces. Areas where our ancestors have been. You will get to notice the changes within a river’s stream. You will note forest or habitat degradation when they occur. A general disturbance in the environment is an easy observation when exploration is a part of you. This can foster a change of habits from a personal to the global level. We can address the root cause of major environmental threats when we explore our planet more. These challenges can be overcome. We only need to be the voice by being the change you want to see.
One can join Alberto through his initiative, The Explorers Club Kenya, which he founded. He is also a National Geographic Young Explorer among other honours.
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