Pulitzer Winning Journalist's 7 Year Project to Retrace the Steps of Man On Foot

Pulitzer winning journalist Paul Salopek is setting off, next year, on a journey that will take 7 years to complete. The plan of the Out of Eden project is to trace on foot, given the best information currently available, the migratory route of man. Starting in Ethiopia, Salopek plans to reach the southern tip of South America by the end of the decade.

From the Overview:
"This immense narrative journey spans roughly 50,000 years of human history and 22,000 miles of the planet’s surface—from our paleoanthropological “Eden” in East Africa north into the Levant; across the steppes of Central Asia to China; by sea from Siberia to Alaska; and then down the length of the Americas to the continental “Land’s End” of our species in Patagonia. This continuous walk will last seven years.

The goal of the world walk—and the Out of Eden project—is to slow readers down and allow them to reflect on current events as a form of pilgrimage. By using the history of our migration as a backdrop for international news, Salopek will examine the most important global stories of our day from ground level, at three miles an hour—walking into stories as diverse as human conflict and local innovations, mass migration and the Internet revolution, climate change and cultural survival. A worldwide audience is invited to “walk along” via quality Web reportage that includes articles, video, audio and blogs. Salopek is a National Geographic Fellow."


Via the Future Journalism Project
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