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Climb every mountain (not just Everest)

‘It Was Like a Zoo’: Death on an Unruly, Overcrowded Everest – New York Times, 26 May 2019, Kai Schultz, Jeffrey Gettleman, Mujib Mashal and Bhadra Sharma

Bucket lists fuel extreme over-tourism

“NEW DELHI — Ed Dohring, a doctor from Arizona, had dreamed his whole life of reaching the top of Mount Everest. But when he summited a few days ago, he was shocked by what he saw. Climbers were pushing and shoving to take selfies. The flat part of the summit, which he estimated at about the size of two Ping-Pong tables, was packed with 15 or 20 people. To get up there, he had to wait hours in a line, chest to chest, one puffy jacket after the next, on an icy, rocky ridge with a several-thousand foot drop. He even had to step around the body of a woman who had just died.”

Through the WI Lens

The increasingly crowded quest to summit Everest is an extreme example of over-tourism. What was once a singular achievement, an ascent to the remotest spot on earth, has become an unseemly melee of humans scrambling over each other to reach the top. This article highlights not only the changing nature of the experience, and the lethal risks involved, but also the lack of care climbers increasingly show for those in trouble as they pursue their own fulfillment. The numbers ascending could, of course, be more rigorously controlled by Nepalese authorities if they chose to; and likewise those wishing to climb could be more stringently vetted. But the wider lesson is that travel companies, and all those involved in exploration and adventure, need to think outside the box a little more. There are many other mountains, many other challenges that could provide the same fulfillment. Sailing around the world is arguably more difficult and has been achieved by fewer people – and you’re never going to run into a crowd. Bucket list culture has led to the situation on Everest; it’s time to look beyond the obvious challenges and help people to fulfil their dreams in greater harmony with the planet.

Pluses (and minuses) Of Positive Thinking

November 10, 2020

What this article goes on to explain is how positive thinking – described here as ‘thriving’ – can counter the effects that come from the negativity outlined above, from reduced memory to diminished performance. Based on studying people in a series of organisations in different industries, one of the authors has found that people who attain this state are more resilient, experience less burnout, and are more confident in their ability to take control of a situation

Working With Nature

November 10, 2020

“Behind the jargon what this is really about is how we address the challenge of biodiversity under threat, move away from fossil materials like plastic and concrete, and use nature in a sustainable way, all of which could be summed up by “living in harmony with nature”.”

Resetting Company Culture

October 12, 2020

“In the new ‘consensual contract’ between employer and worker, what’s required is a commitment from the employer to safeguard the wellbeing of their people, and a commitment in return from employees to take personal responsibility for their performance of their job.”

Countering Loneliness

October 3, 2020

“Could loneliness not only be damaging our mental and physical health but also be making the world a more aggressive, angry place? And if so, what are the implications for a cohesive society and democracy?”

Staking The Moral High Street

August 30, 2020

“On such fragile foundations are built the first steps towards a more ethical kind of business, and who knows what virtuous circles might result?”

Breathe Easy

August 28, 2020

“Scientific evidence recently emerged that, contrary to earlier beliefs, Covid-19 can be spread by tiny droplets that we breathe out when we respire, called aerosols.”

Why Obesity Needs Weighty Solutions

August 6, 2020

“Economic wellbeing is part of the story, but it is also about finding less stressful lifestyles, in which healthy diet figures as a meaningful measure of success.”

Pulling Together Out Of Lockdown

July 8, 2020

“The industry has every asset needed to be a guiding light in the shift toward personal health priority. Will that become a prevention legacy, a ‘phoenix rising’ from the Covid-19 ashes?”

Opening The Right Doors

July 2, 2020

“Looking at the bigger picture, putting the measures in this order represents a lost opportunity that the pandemic could have offered for a cultural pivot pivot towards getting people more focused on their health, a powerful statement of intent.”

Home (working) Truths

June 26, 2020

“Employment is necessary to fulfil our most basic human needs such as food and shelter. Any significant increase in long-term unemployment will spell a retrograde step for human wellbeing like no other.”

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