I write this blog about ecotourism because I have a big interest in this topic and I do think it can make a difference. I want to share what I find/think interesting about it.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Green Island on the Green Side

Lough Leane, County Kerry, IrelandImage via Wikipedia

Ireland is one of the most beautiful country I have ever seen and I have to say that its inhabitants are truly part of this beauty. I sometimes believe they have been cursed as they have produced an awful monster such a s Ryanair that tries by any means to bypass labor law ,get money out of their consumers and do not have any consideration for the environment.

And to be as straightforward (but more honest and not as loud) as Michael O'Leary, the CEO of the airline company, there are not the cheapest airline anymore (I mean when you are at the checkouts, not on the advertisment).

So I think that it is quite good that there are some website like Greenbox that have been for a couple of years showing how to go green in Ireland. And it is quite easy, as you can start by discovering the country by bike: as you travel more slowly, you take the time to enjoy everything around you (even the Irish rain and wind!!). Ryanair is probably not going to stay there forever, but the emerald island can be greener than before if we act responsively.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Travelling ...Home. A New Form of Ecotourism?

Lille, France : Place Général de Gaulle, also ...Image via Wikipedia

As I go home (northern France) for the weekend, I realize that in a sense I am travelling home. I have just been away for a couple of months, but I have to catch up with so many things that I will be busy going from one point to another one. There are so many manifestations happening all around Lille with the cultural events LilleXXL on Eastern Europe that, well , I am a slightly lost in the middle of this. And with this I become aware that we should add another definition to ecotourism: discovering and enjoying the place you are from!

Whatever the country or the region it may be, if there is one place we might know less about it, it is our home region. Because we live there, that we have access to everything at any time, we get lazy about it. But when you move to somewhere else and you get back for any reason, you look at the place in a different way and you realize why and how much you like it.

So before travelling to any place in the world, before launching any ecotourism plan on another continent, let's have a different look at what we have around us!
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Monday, June 22, 2009

A Couple of Ecotourism Things

Hi everyone!

Just a few things in order to catch up on the ecotourism front:

  1. I just realized that if you pay some attention to the hashtags #ecomonday and #traveltuesday on Twitter, you will find some great ecotourism news.
  2. I found this great cartoon on the internet, and here is a link to the Flickr page of Lunchbreath, its creator. This guys has a very developed sense of humour and strike where it hurts, so we can only hope it will continue his work.
  3. I just found a new travelling website that appears promising: Tripwolf. I really like the logo (I know it is not the core of the service but still) and the website is really user friendly and community oriented. Plus I do have the feeling that the founders will keep integrating innovation into it and they already offer Facebook Connect and iPhone application. So give it a try.
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Monday, June 15, 2009

Greenwashing and Ecotourism: Please Understand They Are not Linked!

greenwashing suppliesImage by Shira Golding via Flickr

Greenwashing has been exposed again with Kmart sanctioned in the US for false advertising claims. Well, greenwashing has been around since environmental concerns gained prominence a couple of of years ago, but I feel it has never been so strong and so strongly fought by consumers. But I feel it might go too far.

I have read a couple of comments on Twitter, or even posts on blogs that ecotourism is pure greenwashing, that there is nothing really green in what it is.

Well, my first reaction is that one of the problem of ecotourism is that it has not been clearly defined, so there is no one but several kind of ecotourism. So when you have blur situations like this, of course some greedy people will seize the opportunity to make even more money with false claims. But as the truth will always come up, it is not going to last. Consumers will ask for higher environmental standards for everything, and at some point it will be something natural. And we at that stage we would be beyond ecotourism.

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

The Power of Videos for a Good Cause

I would like to comment on two videos I came across over the last week. The first one is a short video on ecotourism and being eco friendly.

I find this video quite interesting as it shows the power of the image: in less than a minute you can convey a strong message and reach people with much more impact than with an editorial (but i think in some case they are complementary).

The second video is the new commercial for General Motors.

Even if I find a bit outrageous that the money of American taxpayers is used to rectify the management mistakes made by overpaid CEO, I have to admit that their advertising agency has done a great job. They quickly admit their mistakes and they spend most of this commercial making us think of what could be a green GM. And if a company like GM that used to produce tanks (excuse me but this is how I call this plague that you name SUV in the US), there is some hope for a greener car industry.

However, as I have heard and read several times that this economic crisis could be the opportunity to change our economy and adopt a greener and sustainable approach, but saw people being (legitimately) a lot more obsessed by jobs, I have become a bit sceptical. I fear that we might go in the "back to business as usual" direction and that the environment would be left behind. Please prove me I am wrong.

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