Geotourism on the Right TrackLast 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 CenterLast Updated on 2015-09-19 13:50:34Please consider a contribution to the WHALE Center.
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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.
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The Tourism Crisis: Impacts and Solutions Last Updated on 2013-11-25 12:23:32When 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 HalterLast 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.
Wanted: Avengers for the Modern WorldLast Updated on 2012-05-14 00:00:00
My son, Matt. recently posted on his FB page that he has seen the Avengers three times, including at least one showing in 3D.
I decided if he thought it was good enough to see three times, that it set new box off records, and was already a billion dollar success, that I would check it out. So we went to the movies this weekend and saw the 3D version with the D-Box seats. D-Box seats move with the action of the movie. They also have the added advantage to help keep you awake during boring films. :)
Avengers was a fun action movie and we enjoyed it very much.
Though I didn’t go to the film seeking any particular message, as I thought comic book characters were more of an escape venue, I did nonetheless, come away with some possible lessons for humankind to consider.
For those unfamiliar with the plot of the Avengers, Loki, the Norse God who... More »
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