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Posts Tagged ‘environmental education’

The Natural Gem of Praia do Forte, Brazil, Joins the Ranks of whl.travel

  • whl.travel
  • 9 October 2012

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND PORTUGUESE. Stretched across 12 kilometres of fresh, unpolluted Atlantic seashore, the small resort town of Praia do Forte – former fishing village that still maintains its sense of quiet history and unspoiled nature – is an up-and-coming beach holiday destination in Brazil’s Bahia state.

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Photo of the Week: Boat Building the Traditional Way in Malawi

  • Kate Webb (photo and text)
  • 17 August 2012

Local fishermen on the Lake Malawi use traditional methods to build wonderful wooden fishing boats that can last for over 25 years. One boat builder, Joseph, has also engaged in community development and environmental protection.

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Video Spotlight: Rock Art with Aboriginal Elder Willie Gordon

  • Jakub Riziky
  • 10 August 2012

Head out in the open to tropical North Queensland in Australia, where Willie Gordon, an Aboriginal elder of the Guugu Yimithirr people, offers fascinating insight into the ancient culture of his ancestors. See how indigenous tourism can help local communities to preserve their culture and get a glimpse of what you might experience if you set out discover Aboriginal Australia.

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Aboriginal Tourism in Australia: 2012

  • Karolyn Wrightson
  • 8 August 2012

Environmentalists say Australia’s Great Barrier Reef was saved from destruction because tourists saw its value and lobbied for protection. No such worldwide lobby exists for the worlds oldest surviving culture. Like the reef, though, one of the best opportunities for the survival of ancient Australian Aboriginal lore is for tourists to call for its preservation. For that to happen, Aboriginal groups must teach tourists about their culture, an act that not only helps the outside world learn, but helps them pass the traditions down to their own children.

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VolcanoDiscovery Hawai’i: Connecting with the Heartbeat of Hawai’i’s Big Island

  • Ayako Ezaki
  • 18 May 2012

For volcano enthusiasts, Hawai’i is a unique destination offering one-of-a-kind encounters with Kīlauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world’s most massive volcano. I was fortunate to get to know one of the most reputable local ecotour providers in Hawai’i, VolcanoDiscovery Hawai’i, and to experience the Big Island differently.

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How Exactly Do Tourism Dollars Support Conservation?

  • Joe Ascanio
  • 11 May 2012

As conservation tourism becomes more and more popular, how can travelers be certain where and how their money is being spent? One well-known wildlife conservation tourism project, called SEE Turtles, is clearly outlining exactly how travelers’ dollars contribute to the sustainability of conservation projects and surrounding communities.

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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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Irresponsible Tourism and the Forest Fire in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

  • Marcela Torres
  • 6 February 2012

Vast areas were destroyed by a fire that forced the closure of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park between December 29, 2011, and January 4, 2012, and caused permanent environmental damage in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Unfortunately, it was not the first time that a fire has started as a result of a tourist’s irresponsible conduct.

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Diving and Conservation with Blue Ventures in Belize

  • Travel Off the Radar
  • 4 November 2011

The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System is impressive, covering 560 miles from Cancun to Honduras. In Belize, where the reef stretches for a remarkable 186 miles, a company called Blue Ventures has taken a creative and effective approach to conservation. Beginning in January of 2010, Blue Ventures began a project to understand the impact the local coastal communities have on the nearby reef.

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