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PM4SD International Certification August 19-23, 2017 Last Updated on 2017-08-01 08:46:46   REGUREGISTRATION IS SOLD OUT!                      This conference will register as part of the UN Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development. The program will focus on building capacity for project management for sustainable tourism,                              PM4SD (Project Management For Sustainable Development) program that will be offered for the first time in the United States, August 19-23 at the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability. Key features of the training include:   First proven successful methodology and qualification for designing and managing tourism projects. The methodology is based on PRINCE2® (Projects In Controlled Environments), a structured method for effective project management,... More »
Geotourism on the Right Track Last Updated on 2016-03-11 19:46:19       Geotourism Site on the Right Track   For many people, geotourism sparks images of the Grand Canyon or Yosemite. These sites have become monsters for mass geotourism. While these destinations are beautiful, they are often degraded by the tourism itself. The sheer number of visitors to these destinations has taken away from their splendor. The Grand Canyon and Yosemite of today have little resemblance to how they looked when Native Americans first set eyes on them. The idea of appreciating the beauty and power of nature have been forgotten by many in our society. Today people visit these areas to cross it off their “bucket list”. I thought it would be nice to take a moment and explore a natural wonder that is not as well known or as likely to be trampled over. I have decided to discuss Mt. Adams in Washington. It is known to be the least... More »
Donate to the WHALE Center Last Updated on 2015-09-19 13:50:34 Please consider a contribution to the WHALE Center. With your help our programs can grow even stronger.   Whether it is an international initiatiave such as Global Healing, an interfaith program such as URI, a program to support sustainability such as UPEC, or a humanitarian effort such as the Southern Sudan Eduation Project, a program to protect the oceans such as the Waves of Change campaign, the WHALE Center is making a difference in the world. We thank you for what you do to create a better world as well. The WHALE Center's Mission is to facilitate healing with individuals, groups, communities, nations, and the Earth in cooperation with others. We hope you will find a way to participate in one of our programs. WHALE is a 501 (c) 3 organization and contributions are tax-deductible as much as the law allows. Your donation on your credit card will show up as a... More »
The Tourism Crisis: Impacts and Solutions Last Updated on 2013-11-25 12:23:32 When most people think of tourism they rarely think of tourism as a crisis. Yet, last year according to the U.N. World Tourism Organization, tourists crossing international boarders reached over 1 billion a year for the first time. Projections are for international tourism visits to almost double to 1.8 billion by 2030. The tourism crisis is the impacts that adding 800 million additional international visitors per year to the tourism industry, not to mention the increase of tourism visits that may take place within national borders. Adding 800 million visitors a year is the equivalent of adding 8 or 9 Walt Disney Worlds to the tourism industry. The challenges of how to construct facilities, provide energy, water and waste management, develop new food supplies, and protect cultural heritages of local communities, is a huge crisis, indeed. The word crisis in Chinese characters has two... More »
Dr. David Randle interviews Dr. Reese Halter Last Updated on 2012-08-22 15:02:23 Dr. David W. Randle interviews Dr. Reese Halter where they discuss topics such as what science has to say about issues such as climate change, ocean acidification, new renewable technologies, their observations re: recent Walt Disney World, lessons from nature, sustainable fisheries, whales, impact of fertilizers on the oceans, and sustainable tourism. More »