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Climate Change: What You Can Do

FLICKR ALBUM: Responsible Travel


Greetings to all those paying attention to the Climate Change Conference #COP21. We are asking how well the conference connects with remote participants and we want to know what’s taking place and what’s making news. This is a call for public facing with rewards and kudos forthcoming. Comments welcome on my blog



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We ask friends to use the social web to share research, personal stories, photos and videos about the environmental impact of transportation, climate change research and the slow travel movement. For coverage of COP17 in Durban, check out Storify.

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Do you have climate change reports or presentations? Please share the covers to the World Climate Group.

Interested in climate change and tourism? Want to share your story? Here are tips on using Web 2.0 channels Delicious, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube.



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BACKGROUND

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.

OUTCOMES

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.

QUESTIONS

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?


WORKING NOTES

The issue of tourism and climatechange is clearly complicated, but not without some practical actions, particularly from those at the forefront of ecotourism and responsible travel.

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 objective. 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 Neutral.

 


CONVERSATION WITH LEO HICKMAN

Leo Hickman is the author of The Final Call, Guardian Books, 2007
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Just from a position of self-interest, you would assume everyone in the industry would be doubling over backwards to protect and nurture these assets, if only to secure long-term business.
- Leo Hickman, Travel industry has 'head in the sand' over climate change



PLANETA.COM

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 the Exploring Ecotourism Resource Guide. If you have questions about our site, contact us.


PLANETA CONFERENCES

g Evaluating the International Year of Ecotourism + 10 2012
g Tourism and Biodiversity 2010-2012
g Food, Health and Cultivating Communities 2008-2011
g Tourism and Climate Change 2008-2009
g Ecotourism Challenges Dialogue 2007
g City Environments 2004-2011
g Environmental Impact of Transportation 2003
g Sustainable Development of Ecotourism 2002
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