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What a load of rubbish: the traditional focus is on litter-picking volunteer groups. Photograph: Alamy

It’s time the responsibility for recycling was laid firmly at the door of the packaging manufacturers

Litter brings out an urge in me to ban everything. Under my regime, straws would be outlawed. Plastic drinks bottles – only 57% of which find their way into recycling – would be verboten. But top of the list of banned items would be wacky recycling surveys.

The latest, from Business Waste, highlights the craziest eco blunders found in the nation’s recycling bins. The list includes a car door, 1,000 Greenpeace badges (oh, the irony!) and a full Christmas dinner including plates, tablecloth, crackers and pudding.

Read the full article on ethical and green living here.

By Lucy Siegle for The Guardian.

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Tour operators and activity providers play a significant role in implementing sustainable practices, since they usually function as a link between tourists and tourism service providers.

Sustainable tourism is looking out for the economic, social and environmental influences – including the visitors, the economic sectors linked to the tourism industry and the host communities.

The question is Whose Responsibility Is It to Educate Travelers?

Tour operators and activity providers can influence their consumers, suppliers and the routes chosen (Tour Operators’ Initiative, 2003)in order to increase the awareness of the responsibilities each party involved should take on to achieve more sustainability in tourism.

When contributing to sustainable tourism, tour operators and activity providers should work to:

  • Make sure that the local community receives full benefits
  • Minimise the negative impacts on the environment
  • Educate tourists about their responsibility

Further dive into how tour operators can help; and for more information on how holidaymakers can play their part you can visit Thomas Cook.

 

 

Reference:
Tour Operators’ Initiative.  (2003). Sustainable Tourism: The Tour Operators’ Contribution. Paris: Tour Operators’ Initiative, UNEP, Divison of Technology, Industry and Economics.

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World Oceans Day – Join the “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet” Movement

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World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day was first enforced at the UN General Assembly on 5th of December in 2008, where June 8th was designated to be the day to be annually celebrated as “World Oceans Day”. The theme for 2016 is “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet”.

With Oceans covering about 70% of the earth’s surface, and holding 97% of the earth’s water, oceans make up around 99% of the living space on our planet by volume. However, 40% of our oceans are heavily impacted by human activity.

Our oceans are polluted, fisheries being depleted, and coastal habituated are being destroyed. The oceans regulate our climate and are home to an incredibly diverse wildlife. The oceans provide food for millions, if not billions of the world’s population.

Find more information on the background of World Oceans Day here.

Here are “10 Things You Can Do to Save the Ocean:

  • Reduce the effects of climate change on our oceans
  • Make sustainable seafood choices
  • Reduce your use of plastic products
  • Take care of the beach
  • Don’t purchase products that exploit marine life
  • Sustainable seafood choices for your pet
  • Support the work to protect our oceans
  • Engage your community
  • Travel responsibly
  • Educate yourself

Read more on National Geographic.

Get active and help preserving our oceans; for inspiration on how to participate please visit http://www.worldoceansday.org/.

Also, to contribute you can join the ONEWORLD ONEOCEAN movement and support The Ocean Project.

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Intimate Letter to Mother Nature

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by Mario Hardy, CEO, PATA

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“Dear Mother Nature. I’m writing to apologise on behalf of humanity and those who have contributed to your poor health. I condemn those who have done it consciously and I hope that they have started their journey towards redemption. For those committing such deeds unconsciously, and making you ill purely out of ignorance, I hope I can make a small contribution by sharing my knowledge and make them aware of how they are affecting you.

I don’t know if it’s because of the position I currently occupy or if whether it is because I have simply become more aware of my environment but in the past several months of travel I have started to notice and pay m­­­ore attention to my surroundings and the poor condition of some of our tourism destinations.
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Green Hotel Bookings Made Easy

Looking to stay at a green hotel? Here we give you a presentation of the top sustainable and eco-friendly hotel booking engines. Now there is no excuse not to stay green! Peter Berg Schmidt. Read more.

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24 April 2015 – Six indigenous communities have launched an ecotourism initiative that would show off their ancestral forests in a bid to develop alternate economic models that local government in Indonesia could embrace, moving away from extractive industries such as mining and palm oil plantations. The initiative is called GreenIndonesia. Dan Klotz. Read more.

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IATA Environmental Assessment Program Gathers Momentum

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Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that five airlines have recently successfully completed stages of the IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) program. IEnvA is an innovative, voluntary, two-stage evaluation process designed to drive airline environmental performance improvements through independent assessment. Read more.

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The International Ecotourism Society, TIES, defines ecotourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” The concept arose in the 1970s from the general global environmental movement, and by the 1990s was one of the fastest-growing tourism sectors. Ecotourism appeals to responsible travelers who want to minimize the negative impacts of their visit, and who take special interest in local nature and cultures. Carole Simm. Read more.

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