#EchoChamberDisruption: Driving Across Africa - Incredible Lessons From The End Of The Road

#EchoChamberDisruption: Driving Across Africa - Incredible Lessons From The End Of The Road

What lessons does driving across Africa teach you? Humility; check. Patience; check. But most importantly; that pre-conceptions are almost always wrong…

December 18, 2017 — Alex Shirley-Smith
#Echo Chamber Disruption: Tentsile explorer in Tanzania

#EchoChamberDisruption: Paying the Price for Conservation in Tanzania

Tentsile's conservation explorer, James Borrell, continues his travels across Africa. In this instalment of #EchoChamberDisruption, James tackles conservation in Tanzania and how eco tourism has potential to improve environments...

"So when it comes to paying for conservation, what is the ideal compromise? Sustainable tourism can be costly, but it achieves so much more than just charity. Charge more and limit your visitors to the wealthy, or try and attract larger numbers of visitors? Is Tanzania the conservation role model for the region?..."

 

November 10, 2017 — Alex Shirley-Smith
#EchoChamberDisruption: Conservation And The Aftermath Of Conflict In Mozambique

#EchoChamberDisruption: Conservation And The Aftermath Of Conflict In Mozambique

We nearly skipped Mozambique altogether. If driving a Landcruiser across Africa wasn’t scary enough, the spectre of sporadic violence and unrest lingering on after two decades of civil war was enough to make us just a little nervous. I’m so glad we didn’t, and here’s why...
September 29, 2017 — Guest Blogger
#EchoChamberDisruption: Overfishing In The Warm Heart Of Africa

#EchoChamberDisruption: Overfishing In The Warm Heart Of Africa

As we travelled up the lakeshore on our journey across Southern Africa, we were pointed towards Joseph Makwakwa; Malawi’s home grown talent seeking to tackle this fishing crisis. He wasted no time in explaining his plans, flicking through piles of papers to highlight rules and agreements, or digressing into consequences and ramifications of various ideas. Tackling overfishing is a social, political and ecological challenge, and all these considerations were swirling in his mind as he choreographed a strategy...
August 29, 2017 — Alex Shirley-Smith
#EchoChamberDisruption: 8 Stories To Crack The Online Echo Chamber

#EchoChamberDisruption: 8 Stories To Crack The Online Echo Chamber

6 months ago we unveiled #EchoChamberDisruption to the world. Our aim: to disturb the online algorithms that control social media and narrow our newsfeed. We’ve done this with stories that replace fake news with forestry, and ‘covfefe’ with conservation!

Read on for our top 8 stories, and follow your favourite for a fresh outlook on the environment to fill your online feed…

August 02, 2017 — Alex Shirley-Smith
#EchoChamberDisruption: Tackling deforestation in Northern Zambia with WeForest

#EchoChamberDisruption: Tackling deforestation in Northern Zambia with WeForest

Tentsile are rightly proud of their commitment to forest conservation, with money from every sale being channeled towards schemes across Africa and the world. But what do these conservation projects look like on the ground, and how do we know if they're working?  ...
June 30, 2017 — Alex Shirley-Smith
#EchoChamberDisruption: Solving conflicts in cheetah country (with a little help from man’s best friend)

#EchoChamberDisruption: Solving conflicts in cheetah country (with a little help from man’s best friend)

Human-wildlife conflict like this is a common occurrence in countries that still have substantial wild animal populations. Whilst we picture peaceful tranquil savannahs and water holes where elephants rub shoulders with antelope, especially in drought years, crop raiding and livestock predation can ruin livelihoods and foster considerable ill feeling towards wildlife, and even conservation in general. How do we go about changing this mindset?
June 02, 2017 — Alex Shirley-Smith