Since the start of April 2020, we have been virtually travelling the world, one country at a time to visit many of the planet’s unique UNESCO World Heritage Sites. During this time of pandemic, everyone’s ability to travel in reality is significantly curtailed; as a result our carbon footprint is just that little bit smaller.

Good news for the planet and yet at the same time bringing different challenges. Many of the countries we have visited over these last few months have economies that are significantly dependent upon an international tourism industry. Jobs and livelihoods have disappeared almost overnight, leading to real hardship for communities. Enterprising minds across the world are working on creative solutions. Some of these initiatives are locally based, and others are internationally ambitious (Carbon Footprint’s Freedom Flight Prize, for example). Many emphasise connectivity and sustainable development.

We have visited amazing places and connected with wonderful people and their heritage on our travels. We have also uncovered powerful and thought provoking stories, not least at the last World Heritage Site on our itinerary: Great Zimbabwe, which is the subject of this week’s contribution. 

Thank you to everyone who has taken this journey with us; and watch this space – our stories continue and there will be more virtual journeying to follow!

Since we started together, 28,329,790 people across the world have tested positive for Covid-19, and 911,877 have died. Sadly, many, many more people will lose their lives before this pandemic passes.

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