Conservation initiatives is imperative for the white rhino. Mom and baby pictured walking.

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

Before you ask, conservation and preservation are linked but they are two separate things. Both involve a degree of protection but the methods are different.

Conservation involves the protection of natural resources, while preservation is concerned with the protection of buildings, objects, and landscapes.

An American Indian proverb reminds us that we cannot eat money but we will have nothing left after the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught and the last river is poisoned.

Travel to help nature. Be a part of efforts of different communities as they try to protect nature, wildlife and other resources. Our natural resources are more precious than gold and it is imperative that we listen when nature speaks. Nature is screaming at us now. Can you hear?

  • Today on World Footprints we will examine some troubling realities of Western conservation efforts in Africa; we’ll connect with life in Italy; take a glimpse inside of Uganda and we’ll hear about the People of Yellowstone.  In her provocative new book:  White Man’s Game, author Stephanie Hanes examines the larger problems that arise when Westerners try to “fix” complex problems in developing countries, acting with the best intentions yet often overlooking the wishes of the local population. In White Man’s Game, Stephanie find herself tracing an unexpected storyline of the tangled history of Western missionaries, explorers and do-gooders in Africa.   Throughout the centuries Italy has drawn travelers to its peninsula like a magnetic force.  There’s something so magical and inspiring about Italy.  It’s a country where people go to create, reflect and feel alive, like author Chandi Wyant.  For Chandi, she first found what she describes as her “glow” [...]

  • On November 16, 2012, the Australian government pledged that a series of marine parks would be constructed around its coast, in order to protect the vast, and eclectic marine life.

  • Travel around the globe with World Footprints today as we go to Namibia, the Mediterranean and Detroit. First stop…Namibia with Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder of the Cheetah Conservation Fund.

  • Simona de Silvestro driving in the Baltimore Grand Prix.  Photo:  Tonya Fitzpatrick On today’s show World Footprints explores the plight of the endangered Panther, we chat with one of the rising IZOD Indycar stars Simona de Silvestro, and we also view Catholicism through the lens with Father Robert Barron.  As a special bonus, we added some sound bytes and interviews from the DC Stop Modern Slavery walk to end human trafficking. Panthers once roamed the entire southeastern United States; from Florida to South Carolina and Louisiana.  However, the panther was added to the Endangered Species List in 1967 and today the remaining population is isolated in South Florida.  The Panther population has dramatically decreased but many efforts are being made to save this beautiful animal from extinction.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is at the forefront of the Panther conservation efforts and Park Ranger Sandy Mickey from the Florida [...]

  • Today we travel to Namibia and beyond with animal conservationist and television personality Jack Hanna; we will discover Cuba through its people with Insight Cuba’s Tom Popper and Rebecca Rothney will share how people around the world are leaving positive footprints through Pack for a Purpose. 

  • As the world remembers Nelson Mandela on the anniversary of his death, Tonya and Ian travel full circle from their law careers to South Africa, a destination they hold close to their hearts.  (Hint:  they honeymooned there).  World Footprints shares the lasting legacy of Mandela as it showcases other sides of South Africa, including an extraordinary student exchange program between the University of Missouri and the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. Manta Ray Then you’ll hear about the legacy of animal conservation that stretches across the globe as World Footprints introduces Nandi, a rescued South African manta ray who Tonya got to scuba dive (one of her great passions) with at the Georgia Aquarium.  You'll hear about the integral role that the Aquarium plays in sea life conservation. The aquarium is involved in research initiatives that focus on whale sharks in the Yucatán Peninsula, beluga whales [...]

  • World Footprints is pleased to share Part 2 of the 3-part interview with Emmy Award winning actor Eric Braeden, who plays Victor Newman on The Young & the Restless (CBS Daytime).   Eric talks about his favorite travel destinations and his efforts to foster peace and understanding between Germans and the Jewish community.  Then, enjoy a feast with Spain’s celebrated chef Maria Jose San Roman as she shares the secret ingredient that appears in all of her dishes (and cocktails).  María is a Michelin-starred Spanish chef and restaurateur, renowned for her celebration of iconic Spanish ingredients, refreshingly authentic culinary style and exceptionally high standards. Her signature approach is founded on the low-key evolution of the natural flavours found in the best ingredients that Spain has to offer. Finally, since every day is World Animal Day we are pleased to be joined by Paul Butler, SVP of Global Programs at RARE Conservation, who will discuss [...]

  • Photo:  Tonya Fitzpatrick This World Footprints show will journey to the Grenadines and unlock the mysteries of the sea in a way few seldom see or experience.  The Grenadines are a haven for scuba divers, some of the world’s most spectacular aquatic scenery and much more.  Our first stop takes us to Bequia (pronounced Beck-way), the largest of the Grenadines.  Fresh from a dive at Devils Table with her dive buddy Cathy Sachs of Dive Bequia, Tonya and Cathy will recount their dive and why Bequia offers an unusual diving experience.  Cathy will also share how this island has changed her life. Then we’ll visit Bequia’s Park Bay, home to the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, where a native retired skin-diving fisherman affectionately known as “Brother King”, has spent  more than a decade of his life to helping to conserve the endangered hawksbill turtle.  Brother King and his helpers monitor the [...]

  • This broadcast is a favorite legacy show that we produced under our old name Travel'n On and before re-branding as WORLD FOOTPRINTS. Get insights into interesting conservation efforts like Green Living Project and Waterkeeper Alliance The son of America’s 64th Attorney General, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., talks with World Footprints hosts Tonya and Ian Fitzpatrick about his involvement with a new documentary, Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk 3D. “It was a chance to go down the Colorado River,” he says. “That’s important to be because my father took me on this river when I was 13.”  An environmental attorney and activist, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., was named by Time Magazine as one of its “Heroes for the Planet” in 1999.  RFK, Jr., also talks about work with Waterkeeper Alliance . Rob Holmes, Founder & President of Green Living Project, is traveling through Central America to Maine filming the work and volunteer [...]

  • This broadcast is a favorite legacy show that we produced under our old name Travel'n On and before re-branding as WORLD FOOTPRINTS. Stefanie Powers will talk about her conservation work. Have you ever descended into the depths of a mine, or panned for gold in Alaska? It's all in a day's work for Kristen Gum, host of the Travel Channel’s Treasure Hunter and World Footprints will explore the treasures of the world on today’s “Best Of…” show. Then World Footprints will be joined by Hollywood actress Stefanie Powers who is keeping alive the African legacy of the late film star William Holden, who established a well-known game ranch and sanctuary in Kenya. Stefanie Powers will talk about her "Hart" for animals and her conservation work. It was Holden, “a man of great fun, depth, and adventure,” who introduced to Stefanie a distinctive and enriching personal obsession in East Africa: the [...]