A towel and linen policy should be taken as read, along with such other low-impact fruit as lightbulbs and recycling. Combine this with the fact a hotel is a GreenLeader Bronze if it “achieves a 30% score on the Green Practices survey” and the scheme risks being greenwash.
Chimps are being smuggled out of Guinea and mostly ending up in China. And very little is being done about it. The country that says it is bringing development to Africa, is bringing it at the price of the destruction of the continent’s most precious natural resource – it’s wildlife
In 1980, fewer than 200 million of China’s people lived in towns and cities. But just 30 years later, an additional 500 million – the equivalent of the combined populations of the US, UK, France and Italy – had upped sticks and left the countryside for the big smoke.
Under their slogan “When the buying stops, the killing can too”, WildAid is attempting to quell public support in CHina and Vietnam for all aspects of the illegal wildlife trade: rhinos, elephants, tigers, sharks and other species.
The woman who taught me most about how p2p can revolutionise travel has never had a computer. Or heard of wiki and open source. Collaborative Consumption might excite her, but probably not as much as getting electricity or running water.
The rhinoceros is almost extinct. Lions, elephants and tigers are at risk too. But flick through a travel brochure, or browse a website selling trips to see such wildlife, and there will be little, if any, reference to how desperate the situation has become.
If I wrote a story about a custom from some ‘European People’ and then illustrated it with a picture of a different ‘European People’ engaged in an unrelated custom, everyone would be up in arms. So why’s there no fuss when people do the same with Africans?