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The global rise of ecotourism and responsible travel

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Tourism as a whole is a 7.61 trillion-dollar industry, and ecotourism is a rapidly growing category under it. The year 2017 was designated by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, promoting different trends and movements centered on sustainability across the industry.

As the growing effects of global warming threatens the world’s most pristine travel destinations, the international travel community has realized the urgency to make their move especially after Sustainable Travel International revealed that the industry is responsible for the 5% of the global carbon emissions.

 

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Sustainable tourism, now termed as “ecotourism,” doesn’t have a clear definition but it focuses on an important aspect: advocating transformative and responsible travel. In addition, it can’t be categorized as just one type of travel, but it’s a form of tourism that enables participants to not only explore natural destinations but to help protect these environments.

The movement has transformed many travel companies as they shift to what is called as “experiential tourism,” which highlights experiences that help travelers understand the environment including the ecosystem that live in it.

 

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Guided by the measures set by the industry, many ecotourism companies and organizations have reached several milestones in reverting the effects of irresponsible tourism. The results of the early years of this growing movement have brought positive impact to the several travel destinations, with activities that help preserve the environment through education. Accommodations range from eco-friendly resorts, glamping, to all-out backpack camp out adventure.

Some experts believe that the immediate rise of ecotourism can be credited to the digital revolution and how it inspired millions of people around the world to help make a change not only as enthusiastic travelers but as environmentally-responsible human beings.

Four nonprofits that lead the fight against Climate Change

The dawn of the 21st century was marked with numerous advancements in the field of science and technology, improving not only our way of life but people’s understanding of our physical world as well. However, this optimism did not fully bloom when we realized that coupled with the progress, our environment was starting to die on us as evident in the destructive effects of the shifting climate.

 

In definition, climate change is the shift in global and regional weather patterns and scientists believe that it is attributed to the increased atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by human’s use of fossil fuels.

 

The world’s economy may lose up to $12 trillion to climate change, unless greenhouse gases are tackled.

 

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When the environment is on peril, it can have rippling effects on many other facets of life as well. Property damage caused by erratic weather patterns may become more severe, livelihoods could be destroyed, food production will be jeopardized, and many industries that are directly or indirectly dependent on natural resources will be put at risk. According to the Independent, the world’s economy may lose up to $12 trillion to climate change, unless greenhouse gases are tackled.

 

The big question now is: is there a way to save the planet? Our hope lies in these top nonprofits that lead the fight against climate change and like them, you can do your part, too.

 

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Sierra Club Foundation is a California-based nonprofit organization. They believe in the importance of an effective conversion to a resource-efficient, clean energy economy that can serve the people without harming nature.

 

Greenpeace was founded in 1971 in Canada. Their organization is perhaps the most visible pro-environment group in the world, raising environmental issues to public awareness. Their actions have effectively influenced policy-making in both private and public sectors.

 

Union of Concerned Scientists is a science advocacy organization based in the United States and the group is composed of private citizens and professional scientists. It was founded in 1969 and has been promoting policies such as state laws to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and supporting the national renewable energy standard.

 

350.org is a New York-based organization founded in 2007 and their primary advocacy is to fight global warming. In addition, they were one of the boldest international organizations that helped publicize the harmful increase of carbon dioxide emissions through their online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions.

 

Supporting these organizations will make huge difference, but even in our own little ways, we can also do some things that could potentially save our planet. Planting more trees, capitalizing on green technology, investing in clean energy, increasing recycling initiatives, and even selecting non-polluting stocks (businesses) are small actions than can already have big positive impact.