A few years ago, in the middle of the grandeur of one of the world’s most impressive sceneries and near South America’s most southern point, I had a conversation with a friendly hostel owner about the implications of tourism for his much-beloved country. As many people earn a living through tourism-related services, in recent years locals started noticing side effects of the increasing numbers of visitors to the region.
Their worry concerned the growing amount of litter found along the many hiking trails - seemingly carelessly discarded from people’s backpacks or left behind at picnic spots. This man was determined to find a solution, so both locals and tourists could enjoy the outdoors - litter free. The determination with which he spoke about his project and the love he showed for his local area, I found truly intriguing.
The world is a gorgeous place and I find it incredibly inspiring that many people have made it their life’s work to keep the world a healthy and wonderful place. With care, passion and the conviction that the environment is a great gift and our responsibility. The stories of these people and our planet I’d like to capture and share with others.
Gerrie is a freelance Assistant Producer and works closely with Noort Filmworks. She attended art school in The Netherlands and is both a teacher and a designer. She also enjoys travel and she goes wild when exciting projects need to be put together.