RESPECT THE LAND

Australia to Ban Climbing on Uluru

Australia is set to ban climbing on its iconic Uluru sandstone rock formation, beginning in October 2019, the BBC reported Wednesday. The famed 141-foot-tall red outcrop, long known as Ayers Rock, has become a popular tourist destination despite being a sacred site for Aboriginal Australians. “It is an extremely important place, not a playground or theme park like Disneyland,” Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board Chairman Sammy Wilson, an Anangu man himself, explained. “If I travel to another country and there is a sacred site, an area of restricted access, I don’t enter or climb it, I respect it.”