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.
Has London's congestion charge worked?Last Updated on 2015-01-27 11:31:00
The congestion charge has generated a net revenue of over £1bn since 2003
The biggest congestion charge scheme to launch in any city got off to a smooth start on the morning of 17 February 2003, much to the surprise of London's then mayor Ken Livingstone.
A decade on he readily admits it was the only thing in his entire political career that "turned out better than I expected".
Motorists travelling into central London on that Monday morning faced the new £5 daily charge, and by the afternoon 57,000 had paid it.
The RAC reported there was not the anticipated early rush of drivers trying to get across the eight-square mile zone before 7am - the time the charge came in.
Mr Livingstone said: "What was amazing was nothing went wrong.
"We'd expected we'd have quite a few bits of congestion on the periphery, but we... More »
Rising Ocean Temperatures May Mean Sea Turtles Stop Basking On LandLast Updated on 2015-01-27 10:06:09
Warmer oceans will put the chill on sea turtle behavior, causing the endangered animals to stop basking on beaches within the next century.
That's the surprising take-away from a new analysis of turtle surveys and satellite data published Jan. 14, 2015 in the journal Biology Letters.
The big green turtles--adults weigh 240 to 420 pounds and have carapaces spanning three to four feet--gather on sunny beaches around the world to raise their body temperatures. The cooler the ocean, the more they bask.
But the analysis--a close look at six years of turtle surveys and 24 years of satellite data--suggests the behavior will end globally by 2102 if global warming trends continue. In Hawaii, the primary focus of the new research, it could end as soon as 2039.
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Sea Level Rise in South Beach Last Updated on 2015-01-26 14:20:14For anyone that has been to South Beach, they know that basically wherever they turn, the ocean is surrounding them. Whether it’s seen from high story balconies or a few blocks inland, the water surrounds the popular tourist area. The proximity of the ocean is definitely a perk for tourists and businesses in the area, however it is an issue with the threat of sea level rise in the area.
City officials plan to raise West Avenue, a popular street in the South Beach area, between one and half to two feet in the upcoming years in order to better prepare for the expected sea level rise. In order to raise the road, there will have to be improvements in storm water drainage and sewage that will install more pumps to prevent flooding from rain and high tides.
The Public Works director is emphasizing that it is better to focus on raising the underground infrastructure instead of redoing... More »
“Smog Journeys” in ChinaLast Updated on 2015-01-25 22:30:30
“Smog Journeys” in China
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There is a 7-minutes film created by Jia Zhangke, a famous Chinese film director, and Greenpeace to show the usual lives of two Chinese families under the smog, one is the miner family that lives in rural area of Hebei Province, one of the most polluted Provinces, which locates near to Beijing. The other one is two artists’ family and they live in the city of Beijing. He wants use this film to “enlighten people, not frighten them” (Amy Qin, 2015). “The issue of smog is something that all the citizens of the country need to face, understand and solve in the upcoming few years” (Amy Qin,2015). Jia Zhangke said to all the media about his feeling when he made this film, “the one thing that fascinated and shocked me the most was the fact... More »
Miami Sea-Level Rise is a Wake Up Call for the Inevitable, yet Investors Keep Pouring Big Money in the Booming Luxury Real Estate Market Last Updated on 2015-01-25 15:14:04 As a die-hard Miamian, it is hard to disagree that climate change is real since it is easy to witness the damaging effects of sea-level rise. In Miami, sea-level rise results in flooding, salt-water intrusion, expensive repairs in infrastructure and low quality of life for the inhabitants of the city. As the sea-level continues to rise, the problems will only get worse, yet some of the most prestigious and highly profitable condo developers around the world are investing millions into the city to meet the demand of the fast emerging economy and influx of affluent buyers. The majority of these expensive building projects lie along Miami Beach, the area most prone to future damages of sea-level rise. For example, there are 12 condos currently under construction that will be selling for over one million dollars. Also a Canadian development company is pouring $23 million into... More »
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