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Climate change is a reality and in case you didn’t know, tourism currently makes up 8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Whilst the challenge to combat rising temperatures and reduce our global carbon footprint can often feel intimidatingly huge, it’s actually pretty simply to make a few little changes in your life and business that will reduce, if not completely erase, your carbon footprint.
This Saturday night at 8.30pm, cities all around the world will turn their lights off for one hour and turn their attention to planet Earth. Beginning in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has rapidly become a global movement where hundreds of millions of people across the globe come together to demand greater action on climate change. Since its introduction 11 years ago, the event had grown to unite over 7,000 cities and towns across 187 countries and territories making Earth Hour, a staple of environmental awareness for the future of our planet.
For many people, the terms carbon neutrality, carbon offset schemes and greenhouse gases either mean the same thing or are too similar to differentiate.
Happy World Oceans Day! Today is a day dedicated to educating ourselves and others about the crucial roles that oceans play in sustaining and supporting our planet and humankind, recognising the current conditions of our oceans and the issues and risks surrounding them today, and encouraging positive change as individuals and communities to conserve and protect Earth’s life support system. Ecotourism is an industry that not only benefits from and depends on pristine natural environments and ecosystems, but can also act as a platform through which to educate visitors, encourage and support involvement in conservation initiatives and inspire positive, environmentally-friendly tourist behaviour.
Climate change, greenhouse gas emissions and the effects of global warming are a fact. A large portion of industries contribute to these emissions, some more than others, and likewise, some are affected more than others. Tourism is both.
Australia’s greatest natural wonder, the Great Barrier Reef, has suffered the worst mass coral bleaching event in its history. The impacts are serious, but recent underwater surveys show that parts of the world’s ‘largest living thing’ are resilient, giving hope for the recovery of affected areas. And the tourism industry, with an enormous stake in the health of the Great Barrier Reef, can help shape its future.
Saturday 28th of March saw Earth Hour 2015 - a global event where everyone is encouraged to switch off their lights from 8:30pm to 9:30pm in the worlds largest grassroots movement for the environment. The Ecotourism Australia team participated by switching off their homes for the hour!
Congratulations to Fun Over Fifty for their recent upgrade to Advanced Ecotourism and for achieving Climate Action Leader certification!
Congratulations to Accommodation World on achieving Climate Action certification at the Innovator level!