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Winter is back in many parts of our precious world. Skiing and snowboarding trips are on the calendar around the globe. Do you also have a snowy escape lined up? If so, keep on reading to find out how to make your carbon footprint of this trip a barely discernible snowshoe imprint.

To begin, find eco-friendly ski and snowboard equipment – from the actual skis/snowboard to clothing to wax and more. You may also source used equipment instead of buying new to reduce waste to landfill. Remember that you can always recycle/donate used gear that is still in good used condition. Choose jackets, scarves, gloves and boots that are previously loved or made from recycled material. Fleece products, for example, are often made from recycled plastic bottles.

Get to the slopes by using shared shuttle services or other public transportation instead of a personal car. This will help to reduce carbon emissions, air pollution and noise – not to mention eliminate the worry of your car getting stuck in the snow! Check out these ‘car-free’ and ‘no-car-needed’ ski resorts when choosing your holiday destination. Choosing an accommodation and ski resort that is dedicated to greening the slopes will help to lower the negative environmental impact or even result in a carbon neutral holiday. Look for opportunities to offset your footprint. Read more about how one ski resort aims at cutting carbon emissions to zero in the future.

All set for going down the slopes? For more food for thought on your next active winter vacation, read about the environmental impact of ski resorts and solutions and alternatives here. Let’s all go green so we can keep our slopes powdery!

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When reflecting on the last decade of work on climate change and tourism, I can make three observations:

1. The climate is changing faster than predicted

Every year we are witnessing new records in climate extremes. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration maintains several websites to report and visualise climate extremes and anomalies. The Figure on the right, for example, shows a long term trends. Not only are temperatures increasing faster than expected, but  so do the rise in sea levels, the intensity of storms, and the retreat of Arctic sea ice.

What does this means for tourism? Very clearly operating in – often vulnerable – locations becomes more costly and riskier. Thus, tourism industry and Government are now forced to get much more involved (and invest!) in adapting to changing conditions. In many cases, adaptation has to respond to negative impacts on assets and attractions. The Great Barrier Reef and recent coral bleaching events is a prominent example.

 

Read the full blog entry to find out more about the other two observations made as well as suggested action points here. 

The blog accompanies a video presentation recorded for the World Travel Market Responsible Tourism Day, 6 November 2017. The panel to which the video contributed was entitled: The Major Environmental Challenges: Carbon & Water RTT, and chaired by Mr Christopher Warren, Crystal Creek Meadows, NSW, Australia.

By Susanne Becken for Griffith Institute for Tourism Insights.

 

 

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Is it even worth talking about sustainability in tourism when transportation, the cornerstone of travel, significantly damages the environment? Explore this question with us. Peter Berg Schmidt. Read more.

November 05 2015 – A three-year, €2.4 million ($2.6m) project has been launched in Scotland to heighten awareness of the importance to rural and remote communities of local air services and to use innovative technologies to make them as cost effective and environmentally friendly as possible. Green Air Communications Read more.

Farm Waste and Animal Fats Will Help Power a United Jet

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Photo: Growing pressure to reduce carbon emissions and lower costs has prompted airlines to seek environmentally friendly fuels. Credit United Airlines

Photo: Growing pressure to reduce carbon emissions and lower costs has prompted airlines to seek environmentally friendly fuels. Credit United Airlines

30 June 2015 – Sometime this summer, a United Airlines flight will take off from Los Angeles International Airport bound for San Francisco using fuel generated from farm waste and oils derived from animal fats.  Jad Mouawad and Diane Cardwell.  Read more.

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The Dutch Ruling On Climate Change That Could Have A Global Impact

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Photo: Much of the Netherlands is below sea level, including Amsterdam – Ari Shapiro/NPR

25 June 2015 – In a ruling that could echo far beyond the Netherlands, a Dutch court has sided with an environmental group and said the government must cut carbon emissions by 25 percent in five years in order to protect the country’s citizens. Ari Shapiro. Read more.

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20 April 2015 – BRUSSELS, HONG KONG, CASABLANCA, WASHINGTON DC and LIMA: With the groundswell of political visibility and a number of key events about Climate Change building up to the COP21 climate negotiations later this year, the independent programme Airport Carbon Accreditation today provided an update on its progress since going global in 2014. Vicky Karantzavelou. Read more.

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In 2007, Elopak commissioned environmental consulting company, Bergfald & Co and Deloitte, to measure and audit its carbon footprint. Emission data from 13 manufacturing units and 40 sales offices were assessed. With this knowledge as a baseline, they drew up a commitment to reduce carbon emissions from operations by 15% by the end of 2010.

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Defining Business Commitment - Elopak: Packaging CO2

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In 2009 The Icarus Foundation, led by Dr. Rachel Dodds, conducted a survey of Canada’s municipal Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) to determine their levels of awareness and action with regard to climate change.    This summary outlines the findings of the survey, along with opportunities for the Canadian Tourism Industry to provide guidance on climate change initiatives to DMOs.

by Dr. Rachel Dodds & Gregory J. Kuenzig

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A 2008 study by Kole, L., Krestell, S., Parlagreco, L. and Dodds, R. at Ryerson University aimed to determine the level of awareness Canadian travel agents have regarding climate change, and their willingness to offer carbon offsetting as a mitigation strategy to their clients.

by Greg Kuenzig and Dr. Rachel Dodds

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What is the Role of Canadian Travel Agents in Providing Offsets to Travelers?

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