Blue Community Program Strategies For the Caribbean Region
and Gulf Coast States
The Waves of ChangeBlue 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.
Blue Community is a place for learning and sharing those best practices which mitigate those 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 part of our Blue Community or starting your own, locally.
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 Community program is presently working to support the Global SustainableTourism Criteria 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.
Belize is my home and it lies on the coast of the Caribbean Sea. It’s the most beautiful place on Earth (I know everybody thinks their country is the prettiest but Belize...
Tortuga Turista Update 5Last Updated on 2016-08-22 10:43:07The third week of Tour de Turtles is complete. Tortuga Turista swam 111 miles (179 KM) this past week, 76 miles less than the week before and has dropped to 4t place. Apparently she is enjoying the Florida coastal tourism areas that attract millions each year.
To bad that her satellite transmitter only sends data and that she can't receive messages. If she could we might let her know that she is at Panama City Beach way to early for Spring Break and needs to get going on the race.
Go Tortuga Turista!
Tortuga Turista is currently visiting the Florida coastal waters near Pensacola Beach. Yesterday she was heading west toward New Orleans, LA but today has reversed course.
Reversing direction might not be a bad decision for as Tortuga Turista swims in this part of the Gulf of Mexico she faces the hazard of those commercial fishing operations that do not... More »
Tortuga Turista Update 4Last Updated on 2016-08-21 20:17:07The second week of Tour de Turtles is complete. Tortuga Turista swam 187 miles (302 KM) this past week, 56 miles less than the week before. She has dropped to 3rd place, 62 miles behind Esperanza. Tortuga is 77 miles ahead of 4th place and there is a long way to go and plenty of time left in the race. Go Tortuga Turista!
Tortuga Turista is currently visiting the Florida coastal waters west of Panama City Beach, in the Florida panhandle. Tortuga Turista has now traveled from Panama City, Panama to Panama City Beach, Florida
As Tortuga Turista enters the coastal waters of Florida, the closer she gets to shore, the greater the chance of Boat Strikes increases.
Boat Strikes are a cause that Tour de Turtle racer Kreacher is racing for.
Boat strikes are widely acknowledged as a significant threat to fresh and salt water turtles and other marine animals.... More »
Tortuga Turista Update 3Last Updated on 2016-08-08 16:21:33The first week of Tour de Turtles is complete. Tortuga Turista swam 243 miles (391 KM) this past week and has now moved up from 10th to 2nd place in the race. Tortuga Turista trails the leader Lady Aurelia by 41 miles. Go Tortuga Turista!
Tortuga Turista is currently cruising in the Gulf of Mexico directly south of Mobile, Alabama or Pensacola, Florida and directly west of Tampa Bay.
One of the hazards Tortuga Tourista may encounter in the Gulf particularly if she gets closer to Mobile, AL or Pensacola, FL are the plastics that are polluting the ocean.
When many people think of the challenge of plastics in the ocean, they think of the The Great Pacific Garbage Patch where plastics are swirling around in an area twice the size the state of Texas.
Plastic pollution is not limited to the oceans, they are also found in the Gulf of Mexico as noted in the paper by Graduate... More »
Tortuga Turista Update #2Last Updated on 2016-08-01 10:22:52The Race is On!
After completing 52 days of training Tortuga Turista is has joined 13 other sea turtles in the Tour de Turtles race.
Last week Tortuga Turista traveled 298 miles (480 KM) up the Yucatan Peninsula with a brief stop near the tourist resort of Cancun, Mexico before cruising out to sea. Tortuga just passed by Western Cuba and is currently heading north in the Gulf of Mexico.
This past weekend I attended the Kick-off of Tour de Turtles with the launch of Bailey and Destiny on Saturday.
In partnership with the Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) and Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment Team, researchers released two loggerhead sea turtles from Disney’s Vero Beach Resort as part of the ninth annual Tour de Turtles migration marathon.
Scientists will track Destiny and Bailey – named after characters in Disney’s animated film Finding Dory – and... More »
Capitalizing Climate Change ChallengesLast Updated on 2016-05-02 03:05:39
John Tomlinson IDS6237-EC1: Capitalizing Climate Change Challenges... April 28, 2016
It is true, perception IS everything! Thus, in continuing along a similar logic, the framing of questions and/or statements is then of a critical importance, as it helps to direct the interpretation and —consequently, the general perception—of what ever the respective question and/or statement may be; of special note here is, the power of words cannot be understated. To further clarify, the specific framing of a question and/or statement serves as a guide of sorts for the reader, helping to direct their interpretation through the strategic utilization of known words with common preconceptions, with the objective of advancing the specific advocacy of the question/statement source [who are typically unconcerned with the rationale of such... More »
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