Time to open our eyes and recognise just what we are doing to our environment….
Growing up as the son of Port Elizabeth, South Africa’s most recognised conservationist – Adrian Gardiner, Paul lived a life far removed from the normal day to day ‘drudgery’ of children of the day.
Boarding school in Grahamstown, weekends on the family farm – Shamwari – watching the restocking of the plains with Lion, Leopard, Elephants, Rhinos, Hippo, Giraffe, Buffalo and many other species. Interacting with hugely dedicated and influential people like Ian Player, Sir David Attenborough, the Royal Family…. Living the good life in the family penthouse whilst at University and traveling the world in service of the family business, Mantis, could have moulded a cynical, spoilt adult not quite in touch with the soil.
Paul has not lost his childlike wonder at the world. His need to conserve and showcase the wonders of the natural world that he has entree into, is infectious and genuine. So this foray as an EcoVenturer into showcasing the incredible work being done by people all over the world is quintessentially Paul’s destiny.
We need reminders every day that there are the silent animals that need someone to talk for them, to stand up for them and to point out to the needy and greedy that enough is enough. Our place as human beings on Planet Earth is a privilege and not a right.
As Paul says; “In a time where biodiversity is under major threat and the danger of a sixth mass extinction is inevitable, it’s time to react and to react really fast! I’m going to introduce you to the unsung heroes, I’ll meet and chat to the real conservation heroes and while converting those with massive reach and influence…..have some good Paul Gardiner fun along the way!”
I have been privileged enough to spend a bit of time with Paul recently and wish him, as a true son of Port Elizabeth, all the best in showcasing and promoting the incredible work being done by dedicated people in the conservation and eco-tourism space – the very conservation community that is having a lasting impact on our planet.
And, by the way, Paul – a very Happy Birthday to you on this day.
EDITOR: If you watch the video you will see a quick glimpse of myself (bloody hell, my hair IS grey!) and another more famous eco-tourism personality with intimate knowledge of the dental hygiene of a Brydes Whale!