Blue Community Program Strategies For the Caribbean Region
and Gulf Coast States
The Waves of Change Blue Community program is an opportunity for coastal communities to declare their own work to protect the oceans and promote ocean sustainability.
The oceans are under increasing threats from pollution, overfishing, impacts of climate change including coral bleaching, ocean acidification, and increased storm intensity. The Waves of Change campaign is responding to these issues with ocean clean up programs, improving ocean literacy, supporting ocean champions, ecosystems restoration, and programs to adapt and mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Unless policies for protection of the oceans and promotion of ocean sustainability are increased, coastal communities are likely to experience adverse impacts.
The good news is that every community has the opportunity to do its part to reverse current trends. Every community has its own unique challenges and opportunities to become a Blue Community.
The process is simple and straightforward. The Blue Community program in collaboration with Sustainable Travel International has a process for certification of lodges, tour operators, attractions, and resorts in a community for sustainability certification.
In addition the Blue Communtiy program is presently working to support the Global Sustainable Tourism Critiera for communities and destinations seeking to become sustainable, reduce disaster risks, and improve their economy through eco-friendly tourism.
Who Is Interested in The Blue Community Model?
Resorts and related tourism industry
College and Universities
Sustainability, Disaster Reduction, and Economic Development will be the three major themes of the Blue Community Program.
The Blue Community program provides sustainability strategies for energy, water, food, transportation, health, and much more. Walt Disney World™ in strategically addressing these concerns.
Walt Disney Company corporate goals are good bench marks for others working to be a Blue Community.
Disaster Reduction & Vulnerability Management
The United Nations International Strategies for Disaster Reduction program has identified sustainability as the best way to prevent, mitigate, and recover from potential disasters. The Blue Community program provide a number of best practices for disaster reduction and vulnerability management.
Economic Development & Eco-Friendly Tourism
For a travel and leisure company to utilize Blue Community strategies they must be economical. Walt Disney World™ provides a model for the economic benefits of a sustainability program. The Blue Community program provides strategies to enhance eco-friendly tourism and reduce costs in areas such as: energy, fertilizer, water, transportation, and other strategies to both attract tourism, and reduce costs of resort operations.
Everyone is Responsible to Environmental QualityLast Updated on 2014-10-30 20:41:20
I have an idea: if there were no human beings, what would be looked like on earth? Is there any possible that those extinct species will still live in this broad ground? Is there any possible the mother earth will look more young and energetic? Is there any possible that everything keeps their natural face and follow their original pace? There are disasters, competitions and killings among various species, but everywhere is green, beautiful and peaceful.
That idea may be a little unrealistic and looks like a dream, a dream that never comes true. It seems like our human beings bring and create those environmental issues to this unique planet. We are unique and powerful. We went through a lot. We fight for our future generations and our human races. We have been developing from one generation to another generation maybe just want to enjoy high-quality lives. But things... More »
Whose Responsibility is Environmental Quality?Last Updated on 2014-10-30 09:39:51 Caring for the environment as well as promoting social and economic prosperity are responsibilities held by every global citizen. This emerging sustainability era calls for people from every background to contribute with their talents to protect and restore the environment. From a hospitality standpoint, all sectors including the tourism industry itself along with tourist business, and tourists should be held accountable in their practices. As travel becomes more accessible to a wider range of people, destinations need to maintain and improve their "product". This means, taking responsibility for sustaining themselves as a business and the environment of their "product". By profiling each participating factor in a tourist destination, one can grasp why the responsibility needs to be shared equally.
The... More »
Whose responsibility is it, anyway?Last Updated on 2014-10-30 01:15:44“We shall never understand the natural environment until we see it as a living organism. Land can be healthy or sick, fertile or barren, rich or poor, lovingly nurtured or bled white. Our present attitudes and laws governing the ownership and use of land represent an abuse of the concept of private property.... Today you can murder land for private profit. You can leave the corpse for all to see and nobody calls the cops.” Paul Brooks, The Pursuit of Wilderness (1971)
This quote from Paul Brooks begs a question: who is responsible for the quality of the environment? There are a few ways to think about this. Is it the tourism industry? Is it the tourists themselves? Is it the companies that provide the services? Or is it all of the above?
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The Responsibility of Environmental Quality Last Updated on 2014-10-29 10:15:51Environmental quality is the responsibility of the tourism industry, the tourist business, the tourists, the suppliers, and the developers. These entities work together to create sustainable tourism, playing a significant role and influencing each other.
The Tourism Industry
The tourism industry is the umbrella that everything else falls under. Focusing on sustainable tourism practices sets a standard for other sectors in the world to follow. The tourism industry is the fastest growing industry in the world---relatively unknown places are being visited and well known destinations are significantly increasing in popularity. The environmental quality of destinations is a reflection of the tourism industry and what it deems to be acceptable for the most part. Because this industry is growing so quickly, it has the power to shift toward being ecofriendly and sustainable on a global scale.... More »
Environmental Quality is Everyone's Job in the Tourism IndustryLast Updated on 2014-10-28 20:58:46When it comes to environmental quality, we are all in this together. I believe that as citizens of planet Earth, it is everyone’s job to help take care of the sphere we call home. Especially when traveling, I think it is important to be cognizant of one’s surroundings and remain respectful to the environment, the local culture, and the local nature. I believe everyone has their part to play in facilitating and maintaining respect and a steward-like behavior. From the micro level as an individual to the macro level of the tourism industry, everyone can do something to ensure that we are maintaining and enhancing the environment through activities that could otherwise be damaging.
It can be divided in to different categories, in terms of who is accountable for facilitating what activity outlined as follows:
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