I love progress.
Sometimes it feels like we are living in a crazy time in history where if anything, we are seeing society reversing instead of progressing. So it's worth celebrating the moments (big and small) where we make some good decisions right?
Last week the Australian government pledged announced plans to introduce legislation to crack down on modern slavery by forcing big companies to be more transparent. So businesses that earn over $100 million will need to clearly identify the steps they are taking to address slavery by publishing a public statement every year outlining how they are scrutinising their supply chains and ensuring they aren't complicit in forced labour or human trafficking.
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!
We all know slavery exists right? Hopefully we have past the point of blissful ignorance and now know that slavery happens.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of weaving your way through a bustling, colourful market. Of being pulled this way and that, cajoled, sweet-talked, harassed and harangued– only to bust out your travel-savvy, hard-nosed, no-nonsense, don’t screw me over, I will bargain you down to a fair price if it kills me, all-time haggling moves. We've all been there. The problem is, when you’re elbow-deep in a market far from home, you have no way of knowing what the “fair” price actually is.