We have got a massive decade ahead of us! The 2020’s are here and what a start to the decade we’ve had in Australia! The bushfire crisis we’re experiencing has cleared over 6 million hectares of land so far and killed off over 500 million wild animals which makes it a seriously next level natural disaster.

It’s been a dark start to the year so I want to bring light to a few important aspects we can focus on moving forward and they are preparation, community and intention

Preparation

Once upon a time at a festival in the UK back in 2015 someone uttered these words to me when we were at the campsite getting ready to take on the day.

Proper preparation prevents poor performance!

Those words stuck with me and now at the start of 2020 while i’m in planning mode they still ring true! So here’s what i’m preparing to do…

Get a bike (a solar powered electric bike), take it around Australia, visit communities along the way, join arms with businesses and organisations that are already working on solutions to some of the problems we’re facing and then spread those solutions around the country.

Partnering with WEJUGO, the outdoor safety platform built for the wild, to document the entire trip.

I’ll be departing from Sydney on Monday the 30th of March, heading north.

I’ve gathered a list of over 100 communities that i’ll ride through from Bowraville to Bendigo and all the way out to Broome. With the support of various groups we’ll implement and facilitate conversations, film screenings, dinners and storytelling in the hope of creating a stronger connection to country and to one another for everyone involved – more on that below!

I’ll be writing regularly and creating content through my social media channels (see Facebook and Instagram here) as well as connecting with local and major tv, radio and news publications to share the journey.

If you’re interested in supporting the ride or providing a connection to someone who might be, you can email me directly at josh@hollidaycreative.com

In short, the plan is to spread positive solutions based thinking to Australians and create a stronger connection to country for everyone involved, there’s been too much doom and gloom over the last 12 months. 

Here’s a rundown of some of the awesome solutions we’ll be playing with:

2040 Film Screenings

2040 is a hybrid feature documentary that looks to the future, but is vitally important now! Join the regeneration and learn about, contribute to, advocate for and invest in regenerative solutions to improve our plant. You can join here now.

YARN Circles

Yarn holds space for conversation to build connection and unity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and Non-Indigenous Australians through YARN circles. Australia is home to the oldest continuous culture on earth and is now a multicultural nation full of stories that we believe should be celebrated.

We all play a role in uniting Australia

Leave No Trace Principles

Adventure Responsibly – Follow the 7 Leave No Trace principles and enjoy the outdoors more responsibly.

1. Plan ahead and prepare.

2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces.

3. Dispose of waste properly.

4. Leave what you find.

5. Minimise campfire impacts.

6. Respect wildlife.

7. Be considerate of your hosts and other visitors.

Sounds fun right?

Community

A lot of my time in 2019 was spent working with communities up and down the east coast of Australia with Seaside Scavenge which I really enjoyed. Being injected into a strong community and feeling the support and heart of that community is a really powerful experience.

If you want to get involved with the Seaside Scavenge community you can here now!

During 2020 I’ll be partnering with these epic groups; 2040, Leave No Trace, WEJUGO, YARN, Future Super and  We Are Explorers to educate Australians on environmental solutions based thinking, sustainable adventure, connection through conversation and ethical finances.

This might sound like a lot for one individual to take on but that’s not true!

I’ve got a great support network around me which makes a world of difference. 

One of the most important values I hold is community. I found my tribe over the last few years through following my passions. Paying attention to what lit me up inside, the feeling of excitement, passion or energy coming from within was crucial to this. Pay attention to those feelings and follow them if you want to find your highest purpose and most supportive network. I truly believe that by doing this you will be directly contributing to the betterment of the planet.

Intention

Setting intent is one of my favourite forms of preparation.

The intention i’ve set for this year is Connection & Understanding.

Have you thought about your intention for 2020?

Why are you here and what will you do to contribute to a safe, strong, connected Australia?

Leave a comment below!