Journey shouldn’t be solely the place we go, however a illustration of who we’re as folks.

Although the concept of journey has modified a bit during the last yr and a half, it hasn’t modified our outlook on how vital it’s to get out and rejoice each humanity and the larger good.

We’re honoring the return of journey — no matter which will appear like to you — with new episodes of our podcast, Let’s Go Collectively, which highlights how journey modifications the way in which we see ourselves and the world.

Portrait of Cliona O’Flaherty, a Marine Biologist

Courtesy of Cliona O’Flaherty

Within the first season, our pilot and adventurer host, Kellee Edwards, launched listeners to various globe-trotters who confirmed us that vacationers are available in all sizes and shapes and from all walks of life. From the primary Black lady to journey to each nation on Earth to a person who trekked to Machu Picchu in a wheelchair, we met some unimaginable of us. And now, in our second season, we’re again to introduce you to new folks, new locations, and new views.

On this episode of Let’s Go Collectively, Edwards sits down with Cliona O’Flaherty, a part of the marine biology staff at Kokomo Personal Island Resort in Fiji.

“I feel eco-travel is the brand new approach to go now,” O’Flaherty stated. “With all the pieces that is been occurring on the earth, I feel it is made folks understand, it is time that everybody must do one thing to provide again and there is no purpose why you should not have the ability to do this whilst you’re taking a trip or occurring a vacation.”

As a part of the Kokomo marine biology staff, which is predicated at Kokomo Personal Island Resort within the Fiji Islands within the South of Fiji, O’Flaherty works on sustainability initiatives for the island and helps train company about methods they’ll make a distinction.

“Sustainability is a key pillar of Kokomo’s operation and it isn’t simply the marine setting and the forest setting per se. It is truly in all corners of the resort,” O’Flaherty stated. “You possibly can see it within the structure, within the farm system that we have now, in how we have now our fishing techniques. It is all through the entire resort and we play a giant position within the marine facet and what we do there.”

Key initiatives for the resort, O’Flaherty famous, embody a large Kokomo manta conservation challenge that focuses on conserving and defending reef manta rays in Fiji. There’s additionally the Kokomo Coral Restoration Undertaking, which goals to guard corals across the shores of Kokomo.

“We even have a mangrove reforestation challenge and a brand new turtle challenge that we simply launched, which is working in collaboration with the College of the South Pacific, which is beside us,” O’Flaherty stated, including, “the youngsters membership love becoming a member of us on these ones serving to us water and weed the mangroves.”

Prepared to listen to extra concerning the initiatives and how one can become involved throughout a go to, too? Take heed to all of it on Let’s Go Collectively, accessible on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Participant.FM, and in every single place podcasts can be found.