At Home on the Ranch

At Home on the Ranch

I weave my way by bus, from Murter, an island in the Adriatic Sea, via Šibenik on the coast, to Gospić, in the mountainous region of Lika. I pass the aquamarine Adriatic, venture over bright white chalky rubble, and glide through lush green hills. Arresting varied landscapes hold my attention, so that when I arrive at my first destination, I barely notice three hours have passed.

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Sustainable Travel: What’s in it for you? 8 Reasons to Book Sustainable Tourism

Sustainable Travel: What’s in it for you? 8 Reasons to Book Sustainable Tourism

Sustainable tourism - It’s not a type of tourism (like cruise or camping), nor does it have specific destination features (like city, beach or ski). Actually, any type of tourism, be it luxury or basic, can be more sustainable.

Because it’s all about how an organisation makes its decisions on a triple bottom line basis, ie not just for maximum profit (the economic bottom line), but considering on balance people (social) and planet (environmental) impacts too, whether design, construction, energy, water, waste, staff employment, procurement, partnerships etc.

But what’s in it for you?

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Food: Waste Not, Want Not

Food: Waste Not, Want Not

Food is an integral part of travel. Food draws people together, represents the local culture and has stories to tell. We try different foods, cultural dining experiences, and sometimes watch and learn how our food is prepared and made as part of our travel experience. How we produce food is a reflection of our values and the joy that food can bring.

But the way much of society is currently using food is disrespectful. Reducing our excessive demands on this Earth’s resources is a necessary thing for us to do., and that includes in tourism.

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Travel in the Era of Nature and Climate Breakdown

Travel in the Era of Nature and Climate Breakdown

The UK has become the first country government to declare a climate emergency, given the impacts of man-made climate change. In the same week, a UN 3-year, 15,000-source reference, 1800-page Global Assessment of Nature has also laid the blame of biodiversity breakdown squarely on the heads of man.

But what does the simultaneous breakdown of nature and climate mean for travel?

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Responsible Whale and Dolphin Watching

Responsible Whale and Dolphin Watching

Watching whales and dolphins in the wild is big business. It’s a US$2.1 billion a year industry available in over 120 countries worldwide, and represents a significant proportion of an ecotourism market that also includes wildlife safaris, diving, and birdwatching tours.

Concerns for many whale and dolphin populations highlight the need for improved standards across the world.

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Earth Changers Founder Vicky named as Ambassador for the #YearOfGreenAction

Earth Changers Founder Vicky named as Ambassador for the #YearOfGreenAction

Defra- The UK’s Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has announced its 11 new ambassadors to champion green action, including Earth Changers’ Founder, Vicky.

I’m thrilled to be invited to represent the initiatiive, attended a kick-off reception in Parliament yesterday for its launch, and am looking forward to raising awareness of the importance of connection with our environment and nature!

Here is the Press release from Defra.

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Greenwashing in Sustainable Tourism & Responsible Travel

Greenwashing in Sustainable Tourism & Responsible Travel

Ok, so the title’s a contradiction in terms. Because if tourism is truly responsible and/or sustainable, then it won’t be greenwashing…

What is greenwashing? Why do organisations do it? What problems does it cause? How do you spot it and what different forms does it take? And what can you do about it?

Here’s the answer to these questions and more.

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