Since most of the carbon emission as well as over 80% of ocean pollution is land based, there are several strategies that those concerned with sustainable tourism can implement to mitigate these concerns.
The twelve Blue Community strategies were developed in collaboration with Walt Disney World utilizing approaches that not only move tourism to sustainability, but are also proven to be cost effective.
Local Food Marketing/Distribution Co-opsLast Updated on 2014-04-10 11:41:07
While there is much suggestion of restaurant and farm partnerships. A partnerships between local farms, ranches, seafood sources etc. may also be beneficial. A business or partnership that incorporates many local and sustainable food options into one marketing/distribution package can be beneficial for restaurants and consumers. I know of a few similiar concepts that operate with organic produce worldwide, but a regional cooperative would be more effective at getting a more sustainable bottom line. Local and organic operations that specialize in specific produce or seafood options can market their goods on a single local platform, to make purchasing for restaurants, grocers, consumers etc. easier. Many times it is a lack of convenience that drives non-local purchases, a convenient marketing platform would solve this. This could be done through a every day warehouse farmers... More »
Why We Need Each Other: Healthy Coasts and Strong Cultural HeritageLast Updated on 2014-04-09 21:42:03One of the twelve strategies of the Blue Community is to “Protect Coastal Habitat and Cultural Heritage.” What I find interesting in this strategy is the link to protect both animal and plant habitats, as equals, protecting the life of habitats with the protection of our own human heritage. This implies an integration of the two species, a dependency on one another, as equals on this big place we share, our mutual planet. We need each other, an equilibrium of our mutual species.
The important factor here is that humans are the ones who have the control, the influence, the obligation and the opportunity to protect. As much as I thrill at watching bottle-nose dolphin float through the boat’s wake or hear the seals on the rocks just offshore, I respect that I can’t count on either species to help me with this quest of protection.
As humans we desire clean... More »
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala is Under AttackLast Updated on 2014-03-26 15:24:54
This blog is about Coastal Habitat Protection for Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. I visited there a few years ago, and to the casual observer (like me), everything about the lake and its surrounding areas seemed perfect. The lake was as clear as a new mirror. Locals were fishing. There was some recreational boating as I passed and other boats were shuttling people, like myself, to hotels on the opposite shore. There were also some people, indigenous I thought, who were bathing and washing clothes in the lake. I learned afterwards that the lake was their primary source of sustenance, that it provided fish, drinking water and was also their primary waterway between villages.
But this idyllic image was deceptive. While Lake Atitlan remained a beautifully breathtaking lake and was still one of Guatemala’s main tourist attractions, the lake was under attack. And this attack was... More »
Huge steps forward for clean energy islandsLast Updated on 2014-03-11 13:59:06
The Ten Island Renewable Challenge is an idea that calls for us to scale up renewable energy across the region and then across the wider world. Today, seven countries have committed to working with us on the 'Ten Island Challenge' (a friendly, informal competition for the most progressive island states to see how fast they can scale clean technology).
The British Virgin Isles
Colombia for the Islands of Providencia and San Andres (Caribbean)
Turks & Caicos
St.Kitts & Nevis
The last few days have been incredibly productive. The leaders here are determined to take their countries as close to carbon neutral as possible. They will save resources, save money and help people and the planet.
Having kicked off the conversations and split into five working streams, we divided into a series of working groups and began to form... More »
Water Wranglers: How Florida Ranchers are Rounding Up WaterLast Updated on 2014-03-01 01:32:13Beef is a significant part of our restaurants' menus, making up 13 percent of Darden's supply chain. Over the past year, Darden has supported efforts among cattlemen and cattlewomen to "make continuous improvements in the sustainability of the global beef production process." One of those efforts has been in Florida in partnership with the Audubon Society. Through support from the Darden Foundation, Audubon is enabling ranchers to adopt best management practices by storing water on their ranchlands. Today, we share the story of the Rafter T Ranch by interviewing Audubon of Florida's Sustainable Rancher of the Year, Jimmy Wohl.
Jimmy, can you tell us a little about the Rafter T Ranch?
Rafter T Ranch was purchased by my parents in 1962. The 5,178 acres were unimproved native land from which pine timber was harvested during the 1930s. This purchase culminated a... More »
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