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Prague the greenest city in the world
What makes Prague the greenest city in the world? Nearly 56 percent of Prague consists of forests, nature reserves, parks, agricultural land, orchards and vineyards, golf courses or public gardens, making it the greenest city in the world. Online travel specialist TravelBird analyzed 50 cities on the basis of green areas. The Green Cities Index 2018 shows that the Czech capital is the 'greenest' of all. Forests and nature parks Almost half of Prague consists of 'green'. Especially forests, farmland and nature parks are well represented. According to TravelBird, more than 22 percent of Prague's land consists of agricultural land and 12.6 percent of forests. TravelBird also looked at the number of square meters of green per person. Prague drops to sixth place in this list and Reykjavik spans the throne with 410.84 m2 of green. Prague has a total of 220.54 m2 of green area in the city.   Prague is a beautiful city with a center full of historic buildings and impressive architecture. Visitors can enjoy the rich culture and liveliness. Just enough of the crowds? In Prague there are several parks and public gardens where visitors can escape the hectic pace of the city.    The fact that Prague has many parks is known to most people, but that the city has so much farmland and forests is a surprise to many. The study by TravelBird shows that Prague has the highest percentage of agricultural land (22.28%) and also the most square meters of agricultural land per person (86.61 m²). The city also scores high in terms of public gardens. The Czech capital is in the first place with the most square meters of public gardens per person (22.53m²). The five green places of Prague 1. In the Troja district is the 17 th century Troja castle with beautiful baroque castle gardens around it. The gardens are decorated with sculptures, pergolas, mazes and fountains. Close to these gardens is the Prague Zoo and the city's botanical garden. There is also a vineyard in Troja. Stroll along the vineyards and try the exclusive wine in the luxurious restaurant Vinařství Salabka. But where do you have to go to enjoy 'green' in Prague? CzechTourism Benelux lists five parks and gardens where nature lovers can escape the busy center. 2. Stromovka Park. This park, located in the district of Holašovice, is a favorite place with the inhabitants of Prague. The park was created in the 13 th century as a game reserve. There is a three kilometer trail, along with a dozen other small trails. Cyclists and inline skaters can extend the route by crossing the island (Císařský ostrov) to nearby Troja. It is a great place for slacklinen and you can have a nice picnic. In Stromovka park there is also the planetarium and there are several playgrounds for children. 3. The gardens of Kinsky are the most beautiful gardens in Prague. They lie on the southern and southeastern slope of Petřín and are separated with the other Petřín gardens by the hunger wall, making it often quieter. Families like to have a picnic here. The Kinsky summer palace and the wooden Greek-Catholic church of St. Michael are located in park. Do not forget to walk along the statue of the Gaston seal. The seal escaped from the Prague Zoo because it flooded in 2002. Gaston swam 300 km to Dresden where he was captured. Unfortunately, he died from exhaustion and stress. 4. The Rieger gardens or Riegrovy Sady are located in the center of Prague close to the train station. From here you have one of the best views of the city. This park is more than a century old and is a green oasis with wooded areas, lawns, a garden restaurant and large chestnut trees. In the park you will find several pubs, restaurants and beer gardens . This is the place for a beautiful sunset! 5. Grébovka park in Vinohrady is a bit further from the center, but is a wonderful place to relax and drink a glass of wine . The park is inspired by the Italian Renaissance and has fountains and waterfalls, lakes, pavilions, statues and a cave, as well as a unique view of the city. The charming vineyard pavilion is surrounded by large vineyards and the garden café Grébovka Pavilion. By: Elsemieke de Boer https://www.whatsorb.com/category/travel
What makes Prague the greenest city in the world? Nearly 56 percent of Prague consists of forests, nature reserves, parks, agricultural land, orchards and vineyards, golf courses or public gardens, making it the greenest city in the world. Online travel specialist TravelBird analyzed 50 cities on the basis of green areas. The Green Cities Index 2018 shows that the Czech capital is the 'greenest' of all. Forests and nature parks Almost half of Prague consists of 'green'. Especially forests, farmland and nature parks are well represented. According to TravelBird, more than 22 percent of Prague's land consists of agricultural land and 12.6 percent of forests. TravelBird also looked at the number of square meters of green per person. Prague drops to sixth place in this list and Reykjavik spans the throne with 410.84 m2 of green. Prague has a total of 220.54 m2 of green area in the city.   Prague is a beautiful city with a center full of historic buildings and impressive architecture. Visitors can enjoy the rich culture and liveliness. Just enough of the crowds? In Prague there are several parks and public gardens where visitors can escape the hectic pace of the city.    The fact that Prague has many parks is known to most people, but that the city has so much farmland and forests is a surprise to many. The study by TravelBird shows that Prague has the highest percentage of agricultural land (22.28%) and also the most square meters of agricultural land per person (86.61 m²). The city also scores high in terms of public gardens. The Czech capital is in the first place with the most square meters of public gardens per person (22.53m²). The five green places of Prague 1. In the Troja district is the 17 th century Troja castle with beautiful baroque castle gardens around it. The gardens are decorated with sculptures, pergolas, mazes and fountains. Close to these gardens is the Prague Zoo and the city's botanical garden. There is also a vineyard in Troja. Stroll along the vineyards and try the exclusive wine in the luxurious restaurant Vinařství Salabka. But where do you have to go to enjoy 'green' in Prague? CzechTourism Benelux lists five parks and gardens where nature lovers can escape the busy center. 2. Stromovka Park. This park, located in the district of Holašovice, is a favorite place with the inhabitants of Prague. The park was created in the 13 th century as a game reserve. There is a three kilometer trail, along with a dozen other small trails. Cyclists and inline skaters can extend the route by crossing the island (Císařský ostrov) to nearby Troja. It is a great place for slacklinen and you can have a nice picnic. In Stromovka park there is also the planetarium and there are several playgrounds for children. 3. The gardens of Kinsky are the most beautiful gardens in Prague. They lie on the southern and southeastern slope of Petřín and are separated with the other Petřín gardens by the hunger wall, making it often quieter. Families like to have a picnic here. The Kinsky summer palace and the wooden Greek-Catholic church of St. Michael are located in park. Do not forget to walk along the statue of the Gaston seal. The seal escaped from the Prague Zoo because it flooded in 2002. Gaston swam 300 km to Dresden where he was captured. Unfortunately, he died from exhaustion and stress. 4. The Rieger gardens or Riegrovy Sady are located in the center of Prague close to the train station. From here you have one of the best views of the city. This park is more than a century old and is a green oasis with wooded areas, lawns, a garden restaurant and large chestnut trees. In the park you will find several pubs, restaurants and beer gardens . This is the place for a beautiful sunset! 5. Grébovka park in Vinohrady is a bit further from the center, but is a wonderful place to relax and drink a glass of wine . The park is inspired by the Italian Renaissance and has fountains and waterfalls, lakes, pavilions, statues and a cave, as well as a unique view of the city. The charming vineyard pavilion is surrounded by large vineyards and the garden café Grébovka Pavilion. By: Elsemieke de Boer https://www.whatsorb.com/category/travel
Prague the greenest city in the world
Prague the greenest city in the world
Travel sustainable! 10 Easy tips to go green on holiday
Sustainable travel. Easy tips to make the world a little better Since my visit to Sumatra I really realize what an impact we as people have on nature and the world around us, especially when traveling. In this section I discuss an aspect of sustainable travel every month and I highlight green and inspiring initiatives in the field of tourism. This time: 10 easy tips to go green on a trip. The first steps to a sustainable travel style A green lifestyle is often seen as difficult and expensive. Organic products cost more money than regular foods, and waste-free life requires a certain dedication. But does that also apply to green travel? Yes, it costs money to compensate your air travel and it is always a search for a hotel run by locals. Yet it does not have to be difficult to adopt a sustainable travel style, and you can even make the world a little better with a small budget. With the summer season approaching, I have put 10 easy tips for a greener travel style at a glance. They cost little money and little effort, but are a good step towards a green travel style and a better world. Pull all plugs out of their sockets at home when leaving Thinking green can be so simple ... Your house is full of electrical appliances that use power and energy during your absence. That is not only bad for the environment, but also for your wallet. Check this just before departure and pull out as many plugs as possible. In any case, of all devices that have a light on or the digital time is displayed, such as your television, alarm clock and the oven. Use a digital boarding pass By making optimal use of modern techniques you can save a lot of paper. For example, use a digital boarding pass or download the app from your airline company. You can also easily manage hotel reservations via your phone, for example with the Wallet for iPhone app. No more hassle with printers and packs of paper, but everything at hand via your smartphone. Check the conditions of your airline. There are of course also comparable apps for Android phones. Eat vegetarian in the airplane Meat is bad for the planet, and ideally we are all vegetarian. I do not see that happening that fast, but decreasing is already a step in the right direction. Choose, for example, to only eat really tasty meat, for example in a good restaurant or from an organic butcher. One of the places where you can certainly leave your meat is on the plane. These meals are not exactly gourmet delights, so a good reason to choose a meatless meal here. Please indicate your preference for a meal during the booking process. An additional advantage: you get your food first. Use as  less plastic as possible Limit the use of plastic. Particularly in the poorer countries plastic often ends up in nature or is burned along the roadside. It is certainly not good for nature at all, so try to contribute as little as possible as a tourist. Below I have put a few useful tips on a list. - Take a shopping bag with you - Use a LifestrawGo or other water bottle - Use your own earplugs on the plane - Take a blanket for yourself on the plane Leave soap, pens and note blocks where they are; in your ‘hotel room’ If you sleep in a luxury hotel, you can collect quite a few goodies. Care products, but also slippers, pens and note blocks: leave it as much as possible in the packaging and in the hotel, because it costs a lot of raw materials to make and transport everything. Have you used anything from the care products? Take the bottles home at the end of your stay, because half-empty bottles are often thrown away. Don’t take every day a clean towel Try to do a little longer with your towel in the hotel, because you can quickly fill a washing machine with the towels from one hotel room. In some hotels the reuse of a towel is happily encouraged and you even get a nice counterpart. For example, at the Qbic Hotel in London, I received a £ 5 voucher every day if my room was not cleaned that day. Another tip for the hotel: go in the shower instead of in the bath. And do not use the laundry at a large hotel, because often every garment is washed separately. It is also often cheaper to hand over your laundry at a local launderette. Photo by: Hans van der Broek , GreenAppeHoiAn, Bicycle Tours Rent a bicycle  instead of a scooter A scooter gives you the ultimate freedom on vacation, because you can drive to remote villages and beaches on your own. But a scooter is also pretty polluting and the noise can deter and drive away wild animals. Therefore, change the scooter for a bike and explore the area on your own. Is your holiday destination hilly and do you have to cover long distances? Then consider an e-bike or an electric scooter. Photo by Etienne Bossot: An Bang Beach, Hoi An, Vietnam. 'GreenappleHoian' Take some litter with you Are you going for a walk in a nature reserve? Kayaking? Snorkeling? Take the litter that is in nature and throw it away in the right way. Collect plastic bottles that people have carelessly thrown into the sea or a piece of the beach. You do not have to pick up the whole afternoon, but to pick up some is a small effort. Be critical on the souvenirs you buy Do not buy souvenirs made of tropical hardwood, coral, shells or animals. For example, in Vietnam you can buy bottles of whiskey with a scorpion, snake or other animal in the bottle. So look critically at the souvenirs you want to take home. Return leaflets, maps and brochures back When traveling, you regularly get a map or brochure printed in your hands. Imagine how many boxes of paper every day have to be towed to provide all tourists with information that is also just on the internet. Therefore, say as much as possible no to all the paperwork you receive, or return it at the end of your visit. Even better: download the museum's app or make sure you have the website open on your phone. Setting yourself a sustainable lifestyle is done in small steps and all the bits help. By: expeditieaardbol.nl https://www.whatsorb.com/category/travel
Sustainable travel. Easy tips to make the world a little better Since my visit to Sumatra I really realize what an impact we as people have on nature and the world around us, especially when traveling. In this section I discuss an aspect of sustainable travel every month and I highlight green and inspiring initiatives in the field of tourism. This time: 10 easy tips to go green on a trip. The first steps to a sustainable travel style A green lifestyle is often seen as difficult and expensive. Organic products cost more money than regular foods, and waste-free life requires a certain dedication. But does that also apply to green travel? Yes, it costs money to compensate your air travel and it is always a search for a hotel run by locals. Yet it does not have to be difficult to adopt a sustainable travel style, and you can even make the world a little better with a small budget. With the summer season approaching, I have put 10 easy tips for a greener travel style at a glance. They cost little money and little effort, but are a good step towards a green travel style and a better world. Pull all plugs out of their sockets at home when leaving Thinking green can be so simple ... Your house is full of electrical appliances that use power and energy during your absence. That is not only bad for the environment, but also for your wallet. Check this just before departure and pull out as many plugs as possible. In any case, of all devices that have a light on or the digital time is displayed, such as your television, alarm clock and the oven. Use a digital boarding pass By making optimal use of modern techniques you can save a lot of paper. For example, use a digital boarding pass or download the app from your airline company. You can also easily manage hotel reservations via your phone, for example with the Wallet for iPhone app. No more hassle with printers and packs of paper, but everything at hand via your smartphone. Check the conditions of your airline. There are of course also comparable apps for Android phones. Eat vegetarian in the airplane Meat is bad for the planet, and ideally we are all vegetarian. I do not see that happening that fast, but decreasing is already a step in the right direction. Choose, for example, to only eat really tasty meat, for example in a good restaurant or from an organic butcher. One of the places where you can certainly leave your meat is on the plane. These meals are not exactly gourmet delights, so a good reason to choose a meatless meal here. Please indicate your preference for a meal during the booking process. An additional advantage: you get your food first. Use as  less plastic as possible Limit the use of plastic. Particularly in the poorer countries plastic often ends up in nature or is burned along the roadside. It is certainly not good for nature at all, so try to contribute as little as possible as a tourist. Below I have put a few useful tips on a list. - Take a shopping bag with you - Use a LifestrawGo or other water bottle - Use your own earplugs on the plane - Take a blanket for yourself on the plane Leave soap, pens and note blocks where they are; in your ‘hotel room’ If you sleep in a luxury hotel, you can collect quite a few goodies. Care products, but also slippers, pens and note blocks: leave it as much as possible in the packaging and in the hotel, because it costs a lot of raw materials to make and transport everything. Have you used anything from the care products? Take the bottles home at the end of your stay, because half-empty bottles are often thrown away. Don’t take every day a clean towel Try to do a little longer with your towel in the hotel, because you can quickly fill a washing machine with the towels from one hotel room. In some hotels the reuse of a towel is happily encouraged and you even get a nice counterpart. For example, at the Qbic Hotel in London, I received a £ 5 voucher every day if my room was not cleaned that day. Another tip for the hotel: go in the shower instead of in the bath. And do not use the laundry at a large hotel, because often every garment is washed separately. It is also often cheaper to hand over your laundry at a local launderette. Photo by: Hans van der Broek , GreenAppeHoiAn, Bicycle Tours Rent a bicycle  instead of a scooter A scooter gives you the ultimate freedom on vacation, because you can drive to remote villages and beaches on your own. But a scooter is also pretty polluting and the noise can deter and drive away wild animals. Therefore, change the scooter for a bike and explore the area on your own. Is your holiday destination hilly and do you have to cover long distances? Then consider an e-bike or an electric scooter. Photo by Etienne Bossot: An Bang Beach, Hoi An, Vietnam. 'GreenappleHoian' Take some litter with you Are you going for a walk in a nature reserve? Kayaking? Snorkeling? Take the litter that is in nature and throw it away in the right way. Collect plastic bottles that people have carelessly thrown into the sea or a piece of the beach. You do not have to pick up the whole afternoon, but to pick up some is a small effort. Be critical on the souvenirs you buy Do not buy souvenirs made of tropical hardwood, coral, shells or animals. For example, in Vietnam you can buy bottles of whiskey with a scorpion, snake or other animal in the bottle. So look critically at the souvenirs you want to take home. Return leaflets, maps and brochures back When traveling, you regularly get a map or brochure printed in your hands. Imagine how many boxes of paper every day have to be towed to provide all tourists with information that is also just on the internet. Therefore, say as much as possible no to all the paperwork you receive, or return it at the end of your visit. Even better: download the museum's app or make sure you have the website open on your phone. Setting yourself a sustainable lifestyle is done in small steps and all the bits help. By: expeditieaardbol.nl https://www.whatsorb.com/category/travel
Travel sustainable! 10 Easy tips to go green on holiday
Travel sustainable! 10 Easy tips to go green on holiday
Sustainable tourism is about people nature and climate change
Sustainable tourism is about people and nature Sustainable tourism is about how people and nature are dealt with. Has a holiday park not been placed in a vulnerable area? Are solar panels installed? Do people from the area work in the resort? Sustainable tourism always ensures that the ecological footprint is as small as possible. Nature tourism Nature tourism aims to be in nature or to deal with it well. Think for example of a safari in Africa, mountaineering in the Alps or diving in the Mediterranean. But the term nature tourism does not say anything about how responsible the activities are. Tourism as nature protection Tourism sometimes has adverse effects on nature. But it can also be a way to protect nature. If nature tourism becomes a source of income for the local population, a broader base of support is created to cherish nature. In addition, people can earn their money with nature-friendly activities in tourism. Climate and  tourism The choice of your holiday makes a lot for the climate. A two-week sun holiday to Bali gives an emission of more than 16,000 kg of CO2 for four people. That is as much emissions as heating your home for four years. Reduce emissions on your holiday A special tool provides insight into the CO2 emissions of transport, accommodation and activities during your holiday. With most holidays, the distance to the destination and the choice of transport determine the climate impact. Do you travel within Europe? Then a journey by train or bus is the climate friendliest choice. In distant air travel, a vacation closer to home is always better for the climate. Do you really want to be completely climate neutral? Then opt for a  cycling or walking holiday. That also saves a lot of airport or traffic jam stress. And it is a lot cheaper too. France, Argentiere. Photo by: Hans van der Broek By: Duurzaamnieuws. Photo Cover by: photographer Ron D'Raine in 1995 in an image known as 'The Kiss'. Experss.Co. Uk https://www.whatsorb.com/category/travel
Sustainable tourism is about people and nature Sustainable tourism is about how people and nature are dealt with. Has a holiday park not been placed in a vulnerable area? Are solar panels installed? Do people from the area work in the resort? Sustainable tourism always ensures that the ecological footprint is as small as possible. Nature tourism Nature tourism aims to be in nature or to deal with it well. Think for example of a safari in Africa, mountaineering in the Alps or diving in the Mediterranean. But the term nature tourism does not say anything about how responsible the activities are. Tourism as nature protection Tourism sometimes has adverse effects on nature. But it can also be a way to protect nature. If nature tourism becomes a source of income for the local population, a broader base of support is created to cherish nature. In addition, people can earn their money with nature-friendly activities in tourism. Climate and  tourism The choice of your holiday makes a lot for the climate. A two-week sun holiday to Bali gives an emission of more than 16,000 kg of CO2 for four people. That is as much emissions as heating your home for four years. Reduce emissions on your holiday A special tool provides insight into the CO2 emissions of transport, accommodation and activities during your holiday. With most holidays, the distance to the destination and the choice of transport determine the climate impact. Do you travel within Europe? Then a journey by train or bus is the climate friendliest choice. In distant air travel, a vacation closer to home is always better for the climate. Do you really want to be completely climate neutral? Then opt for a  cycling or walking holiday. That also saves a lot of airport or traffic jam stress. And it is a lot cheaper too. France, Argentiere. Photo by: Hans van der Broek By: Duurzaamnieuws. Photo Cover by: photographer Ron D'Raine in 1995 in an image known as 'The Kiss'. Experss.Co. Uk https://www.whatsorb.com/category/travel
Sustainable tourism is about people nature and climate change
Sustainable tourism is about people nature and climate change
Fellow Travellers: We
If travellers use their purchasing power to influence travel suppliers to operate in a sustainable manner, there's no limit to what can be accomplished. Travellers, by their very nature, have an awareness about the world. Most Canadians are conscious of the damaging footprint travel can have on the environment and communities. They're witnessing the potential for destruction as they explore. They've observed attractions such as Angkor Wat, Cambodia's famous temple complex, deteriorate under the crush of vandalism, theft and blatant disregard as scores of tourists descended on the site every year.   They've seen elephants forced to suffer through appalling conditions to lug tourists around on their backs. They've absorbed the reports on Canada's Arctic melting as a result of climate change and they've seen cultural traditions swept aside in exchange for cheap tourism dollars. Whether it's damage to the landscape, litter, pollution, exhaustion of resources or cultural erosion, an inundation of thoughtless tourists can overwhelm and desecrate a destination. Today as we mark World Tourism Day, conscientious travellers must demand more from their travel suppliers.    When I first joined the travel industry at the beginning of the decade, sustainability was not exactly the order of the day. That's not to say travel and sustainability coming together was unheard of — the travel sector first witnessed discussions and debates about the "new promising field" of sustainable tourism in the 1970s — but, in my experience working for a magazine that covered the Canadian travel industry at large on a daily basis, I think it's fair to say the ideas of "sustainability" and "responsible travel" were rarely front-page news just a few years ago. The last decade, as climate change compelled thinking on sustainability forward in general, a constantly growing number of responsible travellers are no longer willing to be part of the problem. Increasing power is being given to travellers to use their purchasing power to shape a more sustainable future for travel. If travellers use their purchasing power to influence travel suppliers to operate in a sustainable manner, there's no limit to what can be accomplished as it to relates a more sustainable future. It's not complicated. Canadians simply need to know what to look for as they make their travel-related purchases. One thing that's valuable to keep in mind is that the best travel companies are great at executing unforgettable trips, but that doesn't mean they have the necessary expertise to deliver practical and impactful sustainability projects. That's why progressive travel companies are increasingly partnering with leading sustainability organizations to help save wildlife and elevate communities in the places they visit. In doing so, they are giving agency to those leaders and organizers who are already knowledgeable and capable of delivering effective sustainable travel solutions and helping to ensure that what starts as good intentions actually has a positive effect on the world. Travel companies are proud to talk about these critical relationships. They recognize that operating responsibly is valuable to their bottom line, and that's a good thing for everyone. By simply doing a little research online before booking your next trip, you can quickly discover which companies are supporting sustainable organizations in their efforts to ensure the negative impacts of the experiences they provide are minimal and managed. It's also important to recognize that sustainability is a journey, not a destination. No travel company is going to flip a switch and become completely sustainable overnight, but those that are leading the charge towards a sustainable travel future are continually adopting new best practices and policies to reflect this ever-improving field. Canadians have to ask about these policies. Let travel companies know that these things matter to you. For example, next time you're preparing to book a trip, inquire as to whether the operator has an animal welfare policy. Agreements or policies established with leading animal welfare organizations ensure that the animal-related experiences travel companies offer meet globally recognized animal welfare criteria.   BARCROFT MEDIA VIA GETTY IMAGESTourists click pictures of a Rhino crossing a road during a Jeep Safari in Kaziranga National Park on World Wildlife Day on March 3, 2015 in Assam, India.   You can also ask about their approach to in-destination purchases. Forward-looking travel companies work to help ensure the money you spend while travelling remains in the communities you visit, rather than simply taking as much as they can for themselves. Do their itineraries include stops in local shops and restaurants? The sale of locally made artisan handicrafts and products are vital to local economies. Culture and heritage-based work helps to create jobs, champion economic development, and build connections to the global marketplace. Companies that work to create itineraries that patronize local shops as often as possible put themselves in the best position to empower locals. You, the consumer, have the power. We must now use it effectively, obliging the travel industry to ensure that our beautiful planet can continue to provide us with the unforgettable opportunities to explore, experience, and exchange. It's now up to us all to apply the tenacious dedication and resolve we've demonstrated in exploring our planet to saving it. As travellers, as explorers, we've always demonstrated our deeply rooted capacity to push beyond, to venture into the unknown, and to overcome the impossible. We do all this to satisfy our desire to push beyond preconceived limitations. We overcome oceans, deserts, mountains, political borders, language gaps and cultural differences because we believe in the beauty of our planet and we have a need to seek out and appreciate everything it has in store for us. It's now up to us all to apply the tenacious dedication and resolve we've demonstrated in exploring our planet to saving it. For everything it's given us, we absolutely owe it that much. Zach Vanasse for HuffPost
If travellers use their purchasing power to influence travel suppliers to operate in a sustainable manner, there's no limit to what can be accomplished. Travellers, by their very nature, have an awareness about the world. Most Canadians are conscious of the damaging footprint travel can have on the environment and communities. They're witnessing the potential for destruction as they explore. They've observed attractions such as Angkor Wat, Cambodia's famous temple complex, deteriorate under the crush of vandalism, theft and blatant disregard as scores of tourists descended on the site every year.   They've seen elephants forced to suffer through appalling conditions to lug tourists around on their backs. They've absorbed the reports on Canada's Arctic melting as a result of climate change and they've seen cultural traditions swept aside in exchange for cheap tourism dollars. Whether it's damage to the landscape, litter, pollution, exhaustion of resources or cultural erosion, an inundation of thoughtless tourists can overwhelm and desecrate a destination. Today as we mark World Tourism Day, conscientious travellers must demand more from their travel suppliers.    When I first joined the travel industry at the beginning of the decade, sustainability was not exactly the order of the day. That's not to say travel and sustainability coming together was unheard of — the travel sector first witnessed discussions and debates about the "new promising field" of sustainable tourism in the 1970s — but, in my experience working for a magazine that covered the Canadian travel industry at large on a daily basis, I think it's fair to say the ideas of "sustainability" and "responsible travel" were rarely front-page news just a few years ago. The last decade, as climate change compelled thinking on sustainability forward in general, a constantly growing number of responsible travellers are no longer willing to be part of the problem. Increasing power is being given to travellers to use their purchasing power to shape a more sustainable future for travel. If travellers use their purchasing power to influence travel suppliers to operate in a sustainable manner, there's no limit to what can be accomplished as it to relates a more sustainable future. It's not complicated. Canadians simply need to know what to look for as they make their travel-related purchases. One thing that's valuable to keep in mind is that the best travel companies are great at executing unforgettable trips, but that doesn't mean they have the necessary expertise to deliver practical and impactful sustainability projects. That's why progressive travel companies are increasingly partnering with leading sustainability organizations to help save wildlife and elevate communities in the places they visit. In doing so, they are giving agency to those leaders and organizers who are already knowledgeable and capable of delivering effective sustainable travel solutions and helping to ensure that what starts as good intentions actually has a positive effect on the world. Travel companies are proud to talk about these critical relationships. They recognize that operating responsibly is valuable to their bottom line, and that's a good thing for everyone. By simply doing a little research online before booking your next trip, you can quickly discover which companies are supporting sustainable organizations in their efforts to ensure the negative impacts of the experiences they provide are minimal and managed. It's also important to recognize that sustainability is a journey, not a destination. No travel company is going to flip a switch and become completely sustainable overnight, but those that are leading the charge towards a sustainable travel future are continually adopting new best practices and policies to reflect this ever-improving field. Canadians have to ask about these policies. Let travel companies know that these things matter to you. For example, next time you're preparing to book a trip, inquire as to whether the operator has an animal welfare policy. Agreements or policies established with leading animal welfare organizations ensure that the animal-related experiences travel companies offer meet globally recognized animal welfare criteria.   BARCROFT MEDIA VIA GETTY IMAGESTourists click pictures of a Rhino crossing a road during a Jeep Safari in Kaziranga National Park on World Wildlife Day on March 3, 2015 in Assam, India.   You can also ask about their approach to in-destination purchases. Forward-looking travel companies work to help ensure the money you spend while travelling remains in the communities you visit, rather than simply taking as much as they can for themselves. Do their itineraries include stops in local shops and restaurants? The sale of locally made artisan handicrafts and products are vital to local economies. Culture and heritage-based work helps to create jobs, champion economic development, and build connections to the global marketplace. Companies that work to create itineraries that patronize local shops as often as possible put themselves in the best position to empower locals. You, the consumer, have the power. We must now use it effectively, obliging the travel industry to ensure that our beautiful planet can continue to provide us with the unforgettable opportunities to explore, experience, and exchange. It's now up to us all to apply the tenacious dedication and resolve we've demonstrated in exploring our planet to saving it. As travellers, as explorers, we've always demonstrated our deeply rooted capacity to push beyond, to venture into the unknown, and to overcome the impossible. We do all this to satisfy our desire to push beyond preconceived limitations. We overcome oceans, deserts, mountains, political borders, language gaps and cultural differences because we believe in the beauty of our planet and we have a need to seek out and appreciate everything it has in store for us. It's now up to us all to apply the tenacious dedication and resolve we've demonstrated in exploring our planet to saving it. For everything it's given us, we absolutely owe it that much. Zach Vanasse for HuffPost
Fellow Travellers: We
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Tourism ‘has crucial role’ propelling global sustainability debate
Tourism has a crucial role to play in propelling the global debate around sustainability but is too often “absent” from the debate, a nature-based tourism initiative  says. The Long Run – which helps its members protect more than 12 million acres of “ecologically important areas” – released its annual report this month. Its chairman Jochen Zeitz says that tourism does not often take the lead in global debates around issues like climate change and “environmental degradation”. But he thinks it can have a big impact on the way businesses across the world deal with those issues. Traveling transforms lives from people “Tourism has a unique opportunity to lead the way,” said Zeitz, a former chief executive at sportswear firm Puma. “The sector represents 9.8% of the world’s GDP, one in 11 jobs, and will concern 1.8 billion travellers by 2030. “Travelling transforms lives; by exposing people to new experiences and cultures, it increases understanding and opens minds. If done right, it can drive sustainable development and significantly contribute to the delivery of the world’s Sustainable Development Goals by helping to protect nature, improve livelihoods and preserve cultural identities. Despite all this, the tourism sector is noticeably absent from global sustainability debates. The United Nations The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals are a list of 17 goals – with 169 targets between them – that it hopes countries around the globe can introduce by 2030 in international agreement. It includes subjects ranging from hunger, health and education to climate, equality and innovation. The Long Run was founded in 2009 to support eco-sensitive tourism ventures as they sought to develop businesses in tune with the protection of the landscapes in which they operate. It now has more than 40 members which look after a combined 12 million acres – an area larger than the size of Switzerland. Its members have invested over US$10 million in conservation and local communities and employed more than 3,700 people. Its sites include Cottar’s, a 1920’s Safari Camp in Kenya’s Maasai Mara, Brazil’s Sinal do Vale biosphere reserve, and hiking destination Comrie Croft in Perthshire, Scotland. The Long Run's vision “The Long Run’s vision is that of a world in which business, nature and people are harmoniously working together for a sustainable future,” Zeitz added. “It demonstrates what the private sector can achieve and the positive impact it can have on conservation and communities around the world. Society, and business especially, must embrace its responsibility towards the future of this planet.” https://www.whatsorb.com/category/travel
Tourism has a crucial role to play in propelling the global debate around sustainability but is too often “absent” from the debate, a nature-based tourism initiative  says. The Long Run – which helps its members protect more than 12 million acres of “ecologically important areas” – released its annual report this month. Its chairman Jochen Zeitz says that tourism does not often take the lead in global debates around issues like climate change and “environmental degradation”. But he thinks it can have a big impact on the way businesses across the world deal with those issues. Traveling transforms lives from people “Tourism has a unique opportunity to lead the way,” said Zeitz, a former chief executive at sportswear firm Puma. “The sector represents 9.8% of the world’s GDP, one in 11 jobs, and will concern 1.8 billion travellers by 2030. “Travelling transforms lives; by exposing people to new experiences and cultures, it increases understanding and opens minds. If done right, it can drive sustainable development and significantly contribute to the delivery of the world’s Sustainable Development Goals by helping to protect nature, improve livelihoods and preserve cultural identities. Despite all this, the tourism sector is noticeably absent from global sustainability debates. The United Nations The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals are a list of 17 goals – with 169 targets between them – that it hopes countries around the globe can introduce by 2030 in international agreement. It includes subjects ranging from hunger, health and education to climate, equality and innovation. The Long Run was founded in 2009 to support eco-sensitive tourism ventures as they sought to develop businesses in tune with the protection of the landscapes in which they operate. It now has more than 40 members which look after a combined 12 million acres – an area larger than the size of Switzerland. Its members have invested over US$10 million in conservation and local communities and employed more than 3,700 people. Its sites include Cottar’s, a 1920’s Safari Camp in Kenya’s Maasai Mara, Brazil’s Sinal do Vale biosphere reserve, and hiking destination Comrie Croft in Perthshire, Scotland. The Long Run's vision “The Long Run’s vision is that of a world in which business, nature and people are harmoniously working together for a sustainable future,” Zeitz added. “It demonstrates what the private sector can achieve and the positive impact it can have on conservation and communities around the world. Society, and business especially, must embrace its responsibility towards the future of this planet.” https://www.whatsorb.com/category/travel
Tourism ‘has crucial role’ propelling global sustainability debate
Tourism ‘has crucial role’ propelling global sustainability debate
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