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 …

Global Goals

Buzzwords Global Goals = Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Join us as we explore the Global Goals. Hashtags: #SDGs #GlobalGoals #tourism4sdgs Key Links http://en.unesco.org/sdgs https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgsproposal.html Statement by ICOMOS on the Adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals – @ICOMOS http://uneplive.unep.org/portal Planeta.com Coverage For February’s Responsible Travel Week we would like to 1) update this page …

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 …

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 …

Recycling

Photo: Recycled glass Recycling is one of the most important tasks for those interested in greening trade and improving responsible travel. Events May 17 International Recycling Day (Día Mundial del Reciclaje) May 17 is International Recycling Day Benefits Recycling reduces the consumption of raw materials and energy usage. Flickr Recycling Headlines The Era Of Easy …

Stones in the Road

Photo: Road to Zion 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 they proclaim ‘I want to support sustainable tourism. What are my …

Sustainable Tourism

Poster: How do you define sustainable tourism? As part of our series exploring tourism definitions, we ask readers how you define sustainable tourism. Comments welcome. The notion that tourism could be “sustainable” is part of the dialogue on sustainable development. The goal is that development meet the needs of the present visitors and locals while protecting future …

Recyclables

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

Carbon Footprint

Photo Carbon Footprint = the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels by a particular person, group, etc. 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 …