In a year that can be best described as tumultuous, it might be easy to forget about climate change and our environment. But, we mustn’t forget. Remember that this is a year that started with the devastating and unprecedented fires in Australia which may seem like an eternity ago to many of us not directly affected.
As part of our tourism community, we appreciate that the environment is our business. More than that, a healthy environment is vital to the success of our industry now, and for generations to come.
In honour of World Environment Day, June 5, we’ve pulled together some of our existing resources to help tourism operators reflect on the environment and why sustainable tourism remains critically important.
Endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme, World Environment Day 2020 asks that we, on..:
“This World Environment Day, learn how all living things on Earth are connected in the web of life and how we can act #ForNature”
To learn more about the day, and to access content and resources, visit https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/. In social media, you can follow both #ForNature and #WorldEnvironmentDay for additional information, and to join the conversation.
Over the years, Rezdy has been committed to providing useful information, resources, and content for tourism operators on climate, the environment, and sustainable tourism. Below are a few links to articles that you might find useful in the spirit of the day:
Travelers are becoming increasingly more conscientious of how they travel. Sustainable tourism is becoming more and more relevant for all tourism brands. Not having this pillar baked into your business plan, may find your business is left behind.
Sustainable travel — otherwise referred to as responsible tourism — is on the rise. As a tourism operator take advantage of sustainability trends we’ve been seeing within the travel sector.
According to The Caterer, ethical spending among travelers in the United Kingdom soared by more than 80% last year. If you want to attract this motivated market segment to your business, then consider taking the steps offered in this article.
Now is the time to understand your company’s carbon footprint. A carbon calculator can help you quantify your tour and activity company’s carbon emissions and make an effort to reduce or minimize your carbon footprint. Calculator resources included in the article below.
Unfortunately, one of the great side effects of climate change is natural disasters. We’ve seen these increase steadily as temperatures increase. It’s important for businesses to be adequately prepared for sudden catastrophic events.
As we take a moment to reflect on the environment, our impacts and what we can do to move toward a more sustainable this World Environment Day, we can take solace in the following two quotes from one of our world’s greatest environmental ambassadors:
Are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?”
“Surely we all have a responsibility to care for our Blue Planet. The future of humanity and indeed, all life on earth, now depends on us. ”
Sir David Attenborough