Sic transit gloria mundi
“Thus passes the glory of the world”
OUR WORLD IS PRECIOUS AND FRAGILE.
On this spinning ball we call home, great cultures have flourished and waned, cities have risen and crumbled into dust, and entire civilisations have thrived and then fallen into extinction.
Disappearing World is a window into this realm of vanishing spaces. Its wide scope lingers on a vast array of sites worldwide—some sacred, some culturally significant, and some surprising displays of human ingenuity. All of these sites have either already vanished, or are currently in the process of disappearing.
"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs,
but not every man's greed." – Mahatma Gandhi
As you walk the Earth, take care to practise sustainable tourism. Be responsible for your actions and respectful of the magnificent sites that you bear witness to. Be reserved in your interaction with these locations, so that others can enjoy them as much as you have.
When you're not travelling, consider other important conservation methods. Support charities and non-government organisations that seek to preserve at-risk areas. Visit replicas, museums, and exhibitions that raise awareness (and possibly donations) for the furthering of disappearing cultural sites around the world.
We are losing global sacred sites at an alarming rate due to the effects of war, development, weathering, and neglect. Some sacred sites are being "loved to death", because of uncontrolled tourism.
Without the swift implementation of sustainable tourism practises, we risk overrunning the world in our haste to be everywhere and experience everything. According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, travel and tourism made up 9.8% of the world GDP ($7.6 trillion USD) in 2014. That number has risen for five consecutive years, and experts speculate that it will continue to grow by about 3.8% annually.
If we don't take care of our important cultural, historical, and environmental sites, they'll have disappeared completely long before our children can enjoy them.
"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home." - Gary Snyder, poet
- Tourism Impacts - sustainabletourism.net