GREATEST CHALLENGE YET
Braam’s next extreme adventure with Peter van Kets will be the 2018 “DOT Earth Challenge” – a 15-month circumnavigation of the globe along the Tropic of Capricorn, using only non-motorised means. This will probably be the hardest trip these extraordinary adventurers undertake. It is a global expedition intended to raise awareness about the environmental challenges facing our planet. Moreover, Braam and Pete aim to rally a critical mass of a billion children around the world to hold adults accountable for the wholesale destruction of our natural resources.
An Earth Flag has been designed with a motto: “One Earth; One Home; One Responsibility”. The team will embark on a global adventure, leaving from the Cradle of Humankind at the Sterkfontein caves – where our earliest ancestors first ventured forth to explore and populate our planet.
From South Africa, heading north through Botswana, they will reach the Tropic of Capricorn and travel along its latitude around the world, visiting key environmental hotspots that include the Great Barrier Reef, the Amazon Jungle and the Atacama Desert.
CHALLENGES TO FACE
The expedition will show how our species has transgressed the basic law of nature, where ‘all species give to one or more other species, thereby ensuring their own survival.’
The adventurers will do some crazy things, including:
- Running 200km with Bushmen in the Kalahari to show how people can live sustainably, even in harsh environments
- Trying to climb the glacier on top of Mount Kilimanjaro to show how her white mantle effects the human and animal populations in the valleys below
- Paddling 1000km from the ecologically denuded Easter Island to a pristine Polynesian island to illustrate how overexploitation of a finite resource drove the Easter Islanders to extinction: a microcosmic example of what we are doing to the earth
The expedition’s 24 episodes are near completion and the business plan is also nearing finality. Stay tuned to this site, Braam’s Facebook page and his Twitter page for developments as well as ways to get involved!
“We, as adults, have committed the single greatest crime against humanity by almost exhausting the resources of a finite earth, we have seriously compromised our children’s future. The DOT Earth Challenge aims to put this right.”