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Posts Tagged ‘environmental activism’

Zip Lines in Costa Rica: A Sustainable Alternative to Deforestation

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 3 February 2014

Rainforests deserve all the positive notice they can get, even including when seen from zip lines in Costa Rica suspended between towering first-growth trees. That might seem like an odd logical leap, but all efforts to conserve existing forests and regenerate degraded lands merit a closer look. This is especially true in places like Costa Rica.

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Walkability and Journeying on Foot: An Interview with Jonathon Stalls

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 21 October 2013

Expert wayfarer Jonathon Stalls is on a mission that is anything but pedestrian. He advocates for civic and personal wellness through walking. From his home base in Denver, Colorado, he organizes community walks through his social enterprise, called Walk2Connect, and lobbies for more pedestrian-friendly urban planning. He calls for a return to the mode of travel for which we are built, challenging those around him to slow down and experience life at a pace of three miles an hour.

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The Malawi Connection: When Doing Good Does Good

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 19 September 2013

This is a classic feel-good tale featuring an especially unlikely cast of characters: an African travel company, a UK-based handmade-bag manufacturer, a doctor, a boatbuilder, a community-based organisation in Malawi and the people on the shores of Lake Malawi it supports, especially the kids of a primary school.

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An Interview with Rob Greenfield, Bicycle Traveler and Sustainability Advocate

  • Wes Zolecki
  • 9 July 2013

Rob Greenfield is an adventurer, traveler and environmentalist who has decided to do more than just talk about being “green” and “sustainable.” Instead, he has chosen to do something tangible and measurable: He is riding a bamboo bicycle “Off the Grid Across America” and raising awareness for sustainability and money for not-for-profits along the way.

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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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Can Tourism Help Save the Tiger?

  • Brad Nahill
  • 17 December 2012

Tigers are one of the most charismatic and beautiful animals on earth. They are the world’s largest cat and can live across a wide range of habitats, from mountains to coastal wetlands. Most of the world’s tigers live in India among a number of national parks and tiger reserves but their numbers are decreasing rapidly. Tiger tourism has become a hot button issue in India, with the country’s recent Supreme Court decision to end a moratorium on tourism in these reserves.

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What Not to Flush While Travelling

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 19 November 2012

It’s true. Tourists place a disproportionate amount of stress on a place’s vital systems. Compared to many local populations, we use a lot of fresh water and energy, we generate a lot of waste and we spend a lot of time on the roads and runways. The question is: How can we curb our impact on local facilities? If in doubt, don’t flush paper.

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New York State Tourism: Why Frack with a Good Thing?

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 12 November 2012

Preserving the natural heritage of New York State is good policy for supporting and promoting outdoor tourism in the long run, but other interests are often at play. Here in New York, we are currently in the midst of an ongoing battle that pits the gas industry against conservationists over whether or not to allow hydraulic fracturing, also called “fracking,” a controversial technique that uses chemical additives for extracting gas buried under deep shale formations.

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Today (November 7) Is Responsible Tourism Day: Resistance Is Futile

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 7 November 2012

Responsible and sustainable practices are now increasingly mainstream across many industries. And well they should be given modern preoccupations. Unsustainable tourism is coming around too, but with the speed of a beast aware of its own imminent extinction. When will we all just accept that resistance is futile?

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The Eco-Friendly Region of Bonito, Brazil, Adds Green to whl.travel

  • whl.travel
  • 29 October 2012

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND PORTUGUESE. The tropical town of Bonito is one of the more out-of-the-way destinations in Brazil. For that reason – as well as the crystalline lakes, scenic rivers and rushing waterfalls – it is a great place for outdoor activities like hiking, cycling and horseback riding. It is also a top spot for snorkeling and diving.

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