Eco-tourism is a process in which everybody wins: the tourist lives and learns whilst the host and provider earns. You may stay at a energy self-sufficient hotel, use local guides or buy local produce, each method means money goes back into the community and less taken away, whereby it can be protected and prosper.
Last year, my mum travelled to Botswana to be in awe of what nature has to offer. On her return, she gingerly handed me a bundle of tissue. Having been carefully wrapped and stowed in her hand luggage, somehow, these local handmade earrings had survived. “I know they are silly, but they were locally made and didn’t cost much.” Loose change to Mum may mean dinner or no dinner to the maker.
These drop earrings are made of real snail shells and porcupine spines, a celebration of the pattern that can be found in the wild. Being a vegetarian, I just hope the snails were not killed for my jewellery box.