It may seem like common sense that our actions have implications. For someone, somewhere. One of Newton's laws is that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. That may actually be one of the only things a remember from high school biology! But for some reason, not everyone who travels seems to understand or take seriously that our decisions and the choices we make and activities we partake in while "on holidays" really does have an impact on the people, the communities and the culture of the country we are merely passing through. I certainly don't want to come across as condescending - in fact I am the first to admit I have made mistakes while travelling and with knowledge and maturity I would definitely make different decisions now in some situations that I may have found myself in during my late teens and early 20s. And in my early 30s I also don't suppose to be expert on anything! However, I also strongly believe ignorance is NOT bliss under any circumstance. That's actually not good enough!Read More
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Late last week India was issued a dismal prediction on ending child labour, with a new report suggesting that it will take one hundred years to see it completely abolished.
There seems to be a more positive perception that we are making substantial progress on tacking child labour, but the report by Child Rights and You (CRY) seems to prove otherwise.
According to the analysis of data undertaken by CRY, over the last decade, child labour in India has only been decreasing at the measly rate of 2.2 per cent.
Even more concerning was the finding that in urban Indian areas, child labour actually increased by 53 per cent from 2001-2011.
You can read more on this report in the Times of India story
Wanderlust People is absolutely, anti-child labour. Child labour is defined as:
There are all kinds of health and development risks to children who are forced into early labour. The ILO put together this great video that highlights child labour globally.
As consumers, we all have an ethical and moral responsibility to ensure our buying habits are not keeping children trapped in slavery. It starts with awareness! Sharing stories like these on social media is a simple and effective way to keep the conversation going. So why don't you share this blog post with your friends! And shop ethical! You can read more about our philosophy and pursuit of sustainability here or why don't you check out Got A Question? to find out more about fairtrade and ethical shopping. 100 years of child labour in India is 100 years too long but we believe that together, we can make a difference.