The world won't get no better if we just let it be.
Tourism depends on the natural environment. Climate changes are
making a substantial impact on travel. Likewise, travel contributes
to carbon emissions that alter the global environment. The relationships
among tourism, climate change, sustainability, biodiversity and
economic development are complex and until recently have not been
studied in depth.
We will be updating the Tourism and Climate Change guide on a
regular basis and will present an overview of critical issues, resources
and global action plans in presentations to be delivered at conferences.
What is the impact of tourism on climate change and of climate
change on tourism?
What are the most effective ways to promote low carbon economies?
What are your questions about tourism and climate change?
The issue of tourism and climatechange is clearly complicated,
but not without some practical actions, particularly from those at the forefront of ecotourism
We have been talking about the environmental impact of transportation
for years and recently this topic is making headline news.
Returning from the 2007 New
Zealand ecotourism conference it is interesting to note a growing
regional awareness that the growing eco mindset (not to mention
development of labels such as 'food miles') may push Oceania away
from travel planning of those in the Americas
and Europe. It's easy to see how this might affect tourism heading
to Africa which is worrying a number of operators on that continent.
The question is ... from the national
tourism boards, ecotourism associations and other leaders, what
message is being sent out? Are these institutions explaining to
travelers why travel matters and how to make the most of their trip?
The Planeta.com view is that long-haul transportation needs to be
supported and encouraged when it has a pro-social and pro-eco aim.
It could even be supported without the loftiest of lofty intents,
but we'd better be aware, conscientious, about the impact of our
actions or inaction.
As to individual 'carbon offsetting' -- it is akin to the papal
indulgences sold in the Middle Ages and beautifully spoofed by Cheat
Planeta.com is an award-winning
water cooler that presents articles and discussion about the environment
and travel. Planeta.com debuted in 1994. Travelers will find tips on
choosing eco-friendly, people-friendly and place-friendly trips.
Professionals will find a number of helpful resources, including
Ecotourism Resource Guide. If you have questions about our site,