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Why Earth Day Should Become Earth Year

  • David Miller
  • 22 April 2013

Today is Earth Day, the annual global event held to highlight environmental issues and demonstrate support for environmental protection. As with all periods of transition, we need to start with small steps. But how long will it take for more and more people to wake up to what it means to to be “green” all year round?

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Video Spotlight: MOVE

  • Paul Tavner
  • 29 April 2012

A short but sweet addition to the Video Spotlight archive this week: an imaginative clip that puts a new spin on the time-lapse format that we know and love. Part of a series of three minute-long films commissioned by STA Australia, MOVE condenses several months of travel into a 60 second highlight reel but connects the footage together in an impressive and innovative way.

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For Earth Day 2012, Help Commit a ‘Billion Acts of Green’

  • Joe Ascanio
  • 19 April 2012

Since the very first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, over 20 million Americans from all walks of life have contributed to major environmental accomplishments. For 2012, the Earth Day Network is again hosting “A Billion Acts of Green®” with the ambitious goal of registering another one billion environmentally friendly actions.

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What is Tourism’s Biggest Threat to the Environment?

  • WHL Group
  • 18 April 2012

In honour of Earth Day – scheduled this year for Sunday April 22 – and our focus this month on ecotourism, we’re thinking about our planet. We’re thinking about the human activities that have the most harmful impact on it, especially the one we love most – travel. We’re compelled to ask: What is tourism in its worst form, environmentally? Even in its best form, can the cost to the earth of tourism ever really be offset?

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Earth Hour 2012 – 8:30pm on Saturday 31 March 2012

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 30 March 2012

On Saturday, 31 March at 8:30pm, The Travel Word team will proudly observe Earth Hour by shutting off lights for an hour. From its already impressive one-city debut in Sydney, Australia, in 2007, Earth Hour this year expects that “hundreds of millions of people, businesses and governments around the world” will unite in support of the largest environmental event in history.

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Video Spotlight: Speeding Around The World in Under 5 Minutes

  • Paul Tavner
  • 8 January 2012

While the film contains its fair share of recognisable landmarks, what we enjoy about it is how the process Lam has used works just as well with unspectacular locations. A crooked bridge over a fast-flowing stream looks just as fantastic as the Eiffel Tower when it’s portrayed in this way.

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Video Spotlight: What a Wonderful World

  • Paul Tavner
  • 18 December 2011

Regular viewers of our Video Spotlight feature will already know that we’re big fans of David Attenborough. This week, it’s our pleasure to bring you something ever so slightly different. Think of it as an early Christmas present to those of you that celebrate it and if you don’t, this is still something that absolutely everyone can (and should) enjoy.

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Video Spotlight: Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS

  • Paul Tavner
  • 20 November 2011

This genuinely amazing video, compiled by filmmaker Michael König using images shot from recent missions on the International Space Station (ISS), reminds us that space, as a wise man once said, is the final frontier. But with our ambition and pioneering instinct, mankind has never been particularly daunted by frontiers. If we’re ever to get anywhere, though, we should never forget where we come from.

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Video Spotlight: Human Planet

  • Paul Tavner
  • 6 November 2011

Human Planet, which originally screened in the UK in January 2011, was another worthy contribution to the BBC’s documentary legacy. The eight-part series focused on examining what it refers to as “the most remarkable species of all” – humankind, especially the sheer range of habitats and environments in which we’re able to make ourselves at home.

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Forests: Visit Them, Conserve Them

  • Tensie Whelan
  • 5 September 2011

No fewer than 1.6 billion people — nearly a quarter of the world’s population — depend on forests for their livelihoods. Forests are also critical to maintaining biodiversity, mitigating climate change and enabling key ecosystem functions that regulate the biosphere. And yet about 45 per cent of the world’s forests have already been cleared. Here are some hard numbers to ponder that tell us how and why we should stop.

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