54487Re: Eco-Tourism question
- May 1, 2007Alec,
Many enviromentalists, myself included, drive cars and fly around the
world. We do this because we have very little choice, other than to
stay home, which is your argument for being a true eco-friendly
resident of the planet earth.
We left Canada in August 2005 with our 2 little girls and FLEW to CR
to visit as many eco-tourism spots that we could because we felt that
we were paying lip-service to the environmental movement by living
our silly lives in Canada, recycling but driving 2 cars around.
For close to 2 years we took buses or rode our bikes or walked and
helped out on projects to preserve the endangered sea turtle or
support places like Zoo Ave, which breeds endangered birds, among
other things. Maybe at the end of it all, our environmental impact
was neutral. Even though we were not driving cars, we did fly here
and fly home.
People like us think about the hypocrisy but we believe that we do
what we can. We don't happen to believe that staying home is the
> "How do those involved in the 'eco tourism' industry reconcile theterm 'eco' with people's being encouraged to fly to and tour or hang
out at 'eco' places in Costa Rica, incurring the related carbon and
Your question is much too broad. Some folks in the eco-tourism
industry don't think about it the hypocrisy, others do gnash their
If I can answer another question, we feel that travelling through
Central America with our children, although environmentally
unfriendly because we took an airplane, went a long way to exposing
them to a first hand look at things like poverty, pollution,
conservation and thousands of other things too numerous to mention.
But their education on those matters is now unsurpassed. Maybe an
enlightened, educated child is exactly what the planet needs right
And one more thing. Every Canadian knows who David Suzuki is. Are
you Canadian Alec? If you're not and you don't know who he is,
please google him. I rely on well-respected scientists like him who
have dedicated their lives to providing me with well-studied
information on the environment instead of thinking about global
warming as a belief. One person cannot know everything about
everything. But I will sit up and listen to world class scientists
all over the world who are warning us and who have been warning us
for years that we need to reduce our greenhouse gases.
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