Sustainability Notebook

Photo Quotes about sustainability A garden is never so good as it will be next year.– Thomas Cooper The planet is what makes us profitable. We cannot be sustainable if we cannot support the planet.– Whistler Mayor Ken Melamed, fresh from a trip to a sustainability conference in Sweden, Pique News Magazine What is sustainable …

Stones in the Road

Photo: Kingman Wash (2021) Revisiting one of the early essays from the archives from 1997-1999 Good news! Today’s travelers are increasingly seeking ways of visiting places and people in a manner that supports choosing responsible travel and ecotourism. That said, visitors rarely self-define themselves as ‘I am an ecotourist. Where should I go?’ Neither do …

Recycling

Photo: Bicycle Wheel Window, Ecuador Recycling is one of the most important tasks for those interested in greening trade, reducing waste, and improving responsible / conscious / mindful travel. EventsMarch 18 Global Recycling Day May 17 International Recycling Day (Día Mundial del Reciclaje) BenefitsRecycling reduces the consumption of raw materials and energy usage. FlickrRecycling HeadlinesThe …

Carbon Footprint

Buzzwords Carbon Footprint = the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels by a particular person, group, business … Translating: What is the carbon footprint of global tourism? (double check translations!)Spanish: ¿Cuál es la huella de carbono del turismo global?French: Quelle est l’empreinte carbone du tourisme …

Sustainability

Buzzwords Definitions abound about what constitutes sustainable development, yet we see only a handful of successful applications. Is sustainable development a buzzword or a concept that has the potential to mature? When institutions highlight ‘sustainable development,’ they rarely share materials in a timely manner and even less so with the interested reader in mind. The …

Recyclables

Roofdog: Does it matter? Recyclables = a substance or object that can be recycled Headlineshttps://lifehacker.com/please-rinse-your-recyclables-1825471366https://lifehacker.com/how-to-rinse-your-recyclables-without-wasting-water-1826764672 RoofDogDoes it matter if I toss trash in the recyclables bin? = ¿Importa si yo arrojo la basura en la papelera de materiales reciclables? Planeta.com

Players (a.k.a. Stakeholders)

Photo: Oaxaca Tourism Fair, Amigos del Sol It takes time to read any game and what helps most is understanding who the players are and how they interact with one another. It’s all about understanding the expectations and responsibilities. This is straight-forward in sports and most games, but somehow in the politics of tourism and …

Sustainable Tourism

Poster: How do you define sustainable tourism? As part of our series exploring tourism definitions, we ask readers how to define sustainable tourism. Comments welcome. The notion that tourism could be “sustainable” is part of a broader dialogue on sustainable development, doughnut economics, regenerative everything, and other buzzwordy themes and campaigns. The goal is that development meet …

Global Goals

Buzzwords Global Goals = Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Join us as we explore the Global Goals. Hashtags: #SDGs #GlobalGoals #tourism4sdgs Key Linksunesco.org/sdgssustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgssdgsproposal.htmlStatement by ICOMOS on the Adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals – @ICOMOS Planeta.com CoverageFor February’s Responsible Travel Week we would like to 1) update this page and 2) develop a series of …