Articles

The Fast Fashion Industry and its Impact on Climate Change

It takes 2,720 litres of water to make a cotton t-shirt, and 10,850 litres to produce a pair of jeans. With Primark selling men’s t-shirts for as little as 80p and men’s jeans for as little as £5, the social costings of these items doesn’t equate to the retail value. ...
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Article created: June 13, 2019



The Impact Your Daily Commute Has On Climate Change

The average commute in the UK now takes more one hour per day, 1 up from 48 minutes in previous years, and with those in England spending more time commuting than in any other European country. However, your daily commute could be costing much more than time and money. ...
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Article created: June 09, 2019



Tourism and plastic pollution

The most popular tourist destination in the world is the Mediterranean Sea, with over 220 million tourists visiting each year. In June 2018, the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) reported that during the tourist season, these 220 million extra people cause a 40% increase in plastic waste in only three months. ...
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Article created: April 17, 2019



Issues of voluntourism (volunteer tourism)

Voluntourism - volunteer tourism - refers to travel to mostly to developing nations, generally Africa, South America or Asia, during which citizens from western countries volunteer whilst travelling, carrying out work such as building schools or water wells, teaching at an orphanage or in certain cases, working in a medical facility. Voluntourism disrupts the local economy ...
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Article created: April 14, 2019



Overtourism III: Solutions to overtourism

In this final part of the “Overtourism” series, we wish to explore how people can continue to enjoy their long-awaited vacations, while avoiding (or at least minimizing) the damage to the environment, the host country, and its communities. ...
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Article created: April 14, 2019



Tourism, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

Slavery and human trafficking may seem like phenomena of the past, horrors best left to be commemorated at vigils, memorials or by sharing a Facebook posts on a particular day of the year. Perhaps they represent something happening on the other side of the world. However, modern slavery and human trafficking is affecting people in almost every community around the globe. ...
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Article created: March 30, 2019



Overtourism II: Impact of Overtourism

Contrary to some people’s belief ‘overtourism’ is not merely a buzzword or an overused media construct. Overtourism is a real and tangible issue that manifests itself differently in different places. Long before the emergence of the word, UNWTO defined tourism’s carrying capacity as “the maximum number of people that may visit a tourist destination at the same time ...
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Article created: March 21, 2019



Overtourism I: What is overtourism?

The number of global tourists over the past 70 years increased more than 40 times and if we adjust for the population growth that has almost tripled since the 50s—right before the commercial jet age started—we get a net increase of 13 times more. For many countries, this sector is a major driving force for local economy, business and infrastructure development. But how long can this growth be sustained? ...
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Article created: March 16, 2019



Transportation in the Age of Sustainable Tourism

While tourism brings a wealth of economic and cultural benefits to both the travelers and the community they visit, it can, unfortunately, have a negative impact on the environment. The carbon footprint of tourism amounts to 12.5% of total carbon emissions globally, with transportation accounting for 72% of tourism’s CO2 emissions . ...
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Article created: March 16, 2019



Why Mangrove trees are so important?

Most people visiting rivers, lakes, or coastal towns are engulfed with the breathtaking beauty of green trees that majestically climb out of water bodies in a canopy of tangled roots, thick limbs, and low hanging branches. Very few of us know that this sight belongs to the Mangrove tree, one of the most fascinating trees on the planet. Mangrove forests are equated in their importance to coral reefs due to extremely productive ecosystems that provide various goods and services to the environment and people. ...
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Article created: March 6, 2019



Tourism's contribution to Global Warming

The global tourism industry has undergone monumental growth over the past few decades. First-world and high-income countries along with the emerging middle class in developing countries, have seen the greatest increase in demand for luxury and air travel. The number of international tourists is growing at an annual rate of 3-5%, realistically beating the growth of international trade and construction. A groundbreaking study recently published in the prestigious journal Nature Climate Change, did a comprehensive analysis of the “global CO2 footprint” of tourism and quantified the carbon flow between 160 countries from year 2009 to 2013, and their results were staggering! ...
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Article created: February 25, 2019



Why support reforestation and afforestation?

One of the most satisfying experiences a person goes through is the ability to travel to new and exciting places. Be it a vibrant city, a quite picturesque small town, or visiting some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, travelers are full of yearning to explore all the wonders the world has to offer. Some of the benefits of traveling include broadening one’s horizon, learning about new and exciting cultures and traditions through exploring the diverse destinations the world has to offer.
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Article created: February 25, 2019