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.
Preserving the Culture and Coastal Environment of BarbadosLast Updated on 2015-04-12 17:55:49Introduction:
Barbados is a small island in the Caribbean. Its capital, Bridgetown, is the largest city in the region and is a popular port of call for many Caribbean cruise ships. Because of its popularity as a tourist destination, Barbados’ economy depends heavily on its environmental and cultural assets, and the country must protect its heritage and marine ecosystems to support its economy.
A Short History of Barbados:
Barbados was reportedly first settled by Amerindians from Venezuela who were farmers, growing crops such as cassava, corn, cotton, guava, peanuts, papayas, and more (Barbados.org, 2015). In 1200, the Carib Indians conquered the Amerindians (the Arawaks), but in modern day, this culture is very rare. The Portugese came and named the island “Los Barbados”, a word for beard that is thought to refer to the many fig trees, which resemble long... More »
Protecting Coastal habitat through limiting Coastal DevelopmentLast Updated on 2015-03-26 21:23:52
Protecting coastal habitats such as sand dunes and coastal wetlands is not only important for preserving nature, it is also important for preserving the coastal regions that we live, work, and play in. Sand dunes are important for protecting coastal communities in the event of storm surge and flooding caused by hurricanes and they also provide shelter for nesting shorebirds. Coastal marshes and mangroves are also important in slowing storm surge, and providing sanctuary for juvenile fish. However, the desire to live on the coast is threatening the very systems that allow people to live there.
In order for these habitats to survive some basic principles should be followed to guide coastal development away from and protect these habitats:
Map coastal hazard areas – areas that are prone to erosion, flooding and other risks should be mapped
Avoid building in hazardous areas... More »
Reducing the environmental impact of foodLast Updated on 2015-03-25 18:23:22There are many ways to reduce the environmental impact that we have on the planet. Choosing to eat more sustainably is one of the easiest thing that you can do. Here are two methods for reducing your environmental impact from the food you choose.
Offering local seasonal food is extremely helpful to the environment. Purchasing or choosing to eat local and seasonal foods helps to reduce the amount of fuel that is used to get that food to you, which also reduces the impact on climate change through a reduction of CO2 emissions. Incorporating community gardens and planter boxes into lands scape design is a way for people to have access to these types of foods without having to go out of their way to find them. Below you will find a guide to when certain vegetables are in season
The need for animal protein in human diets has led to serious overfishing through out the... More »
Growing for the future: Hydroponics & Vertical greenhousesLast Updated on 2015-03-25 17:47:22Growing for the future: Hydroponics & Vertical greenhouses
As tourism continues to boom and host a diverse variety of travelers around the world, it is important that investors, stakeholders, shareholders, land developers, etc. evaluate the various methods in which to become more sustainable by engaging in a variety of practices: buying local and/or organic produce from the surrounding community, creating a hydroponic farm or garden in order to supply a variety of produce to the tourist restaurants, and encouraging nations to invest in vertical, hydroponic farming for urban tourist locations. Not only will these practices supply fresh food for tourism locations and the surrounding community, but also contribute to less transport costs and emissions associated with food. Many tourism locations have already started to engage in this vertical revolution, for example, the Amalie... More »
Bureo Skateboards is cleaning and protecting coastal habitats one skateboard at a time.Last Updated on 2015-03-25 14:23:00Bureo Skateboards is protecting coastal habitats one skateboard at a time.
About: Bureo designs and manufactures a unique line of sustainable skateboards. Bureo’s innovative boards are manufactured in Chile through the team’s initiative, ‘Net Positiva’, Chile’s first ever fishnet collection & recycling program. Net Positiva provides fisherman with environmentally sound disposal points, while Bureo receives highly recyclable and durable raw materials. By offering recycled high quality products, Bureo enables ethically conscious consumers to support recycling development and job growth for local inhabitants.
The name ‘Bureo’ comes from the language of the Mapuche, the native Chileans, and means ´the waves’. Selected in honor... More »
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