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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:37 AM
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Oops, we helped ruin the planet
March 4, 2006
The Guardian

They are the gurus of globetrotting, the men who built publishing empires from their adventures and wrote guidebooks encouraging millions to venture further afield than ever before. Now the founders of the Rough Guides and Lonely Planet books, troubled that they have helped spread a casual attitude towards air travel that could trigger devastating climate change, are uniting to urge tourists to fly less.

Mark Ellingham, the founder of Rough Guides, and Tony Wheeler, who created Lonely Planet after taking the hippie trail across Asia, want fellow travellers to "fly less and stay longer" and donate money to carbon offsetting schemes. From next month, warnings will appear in all new editions of their guides about the impact of flying on global warming alongside alternative ways of reaching certain destinations.

But the founders of the UK's two biggest travel publishers are refusing to give up flying and admit they are not paragons of environmental virtue.

Asked if he felt guilty about the hundreds of flights he has undertaken, Mr Wheeler - visiting London on a business trip from Australia - said: "Absolutely. I'm the worst example of it. I'm not going to stop but every time I jump on a plane I think, 'oh no, I'm doing it again.'",,172312...

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Kolesar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:54 AM
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1. Now you tell me!
Already bought tickets. Jane Goodall started her outreach to protect the gorillas by placing articles in National Geographic. You have to reach the people who will make a difference--people who read. Swing voters.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:11 AM
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2. nobody is going to be perfect --
and these guys will reach a lot of people.

and i love they are promoting that tourists stay longer -- this is fantastic.

it will give people much more time to acclimate to a place and really learn.
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 01:41 PM
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3. ttt
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Clara T Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:14 PM
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4. The leisure class flies and promotes eco-tragedy and feudal economy

David Nicholson-Lord

We need a new set of travel ethics
from Resurgence issue 212

Tourism is by some estimates the worlds biggest industry; its certainly among the fastest-growing, and few believe the events of 11th September 2001 will cause anything more than a downward blip on a steep upward curve. In 1950 there were around 25 million international tourist visits. Currently there are around 700 million. By 2020 there will be around 1.6 billion.


Which leads on neatly to the third paradox, the idea that tourism confers vast but intangible social benefits. This notion takes many forms, from the adage that travel broadens the mind to the principle of world peace through travel the motto, remarkably, of the Hilton hotel chain. Most people perceive the reality to be otherwise. Indeed, it would be hard to conceive of an industry with more potential for misunderstanding and conflict, particularly in the developing world. Throughout much of Asia, Africa and South America, tourism cruelly exposes the fault lines of global economic inequality. Most interactions between tourists and local people revolve round the cash nexus they are only about money.

THE FEUDAL NORTHSOUTH relationships characteristic of tourism are hardly likely to increase international understanding. And there are two further distinctive features that seem almost guaranteed to increase resentment. First, unlike most other industries, which keep their raw material decently out of harms way inside factories or offices, tourists get everywhere, often in large numbers; people who gain no benefit from tourism must thus suffer its consequences. And second, in its drive to broaden the mind, tourism seeks out the richness and strangeness of other cultures, and routinely, inexorably, destroys them. There is the phenomenon labelled staged authenticity, in which a local cultural tradition, once celebrated for its own sake and out of a belief in its intrinsic value, turns into a tourist spectacle and thus, insidiously, into a performance.

In Thailand, for example, under the impact of dollar-driven tourism strategies and with the collaboration of local hoteliers and chambers of commerce, old festivals have expanded beyond recognition, and new ones have been conjured up spuriously from history or simply transplanted from abroad Chiang Mai, bizarrely, now celebrates Mardi Gras. The citys flower festival in February "rooted in history", the brochures would have you believe didnt exist twenty years ago. Buddhist ceremonies have become such a tourist draw that the most important local temple, Doi Suthep, last year announced plans to charge foreign nationals $3 for entrance. In one sense, you could argue, its harmless enough like the hill tribe women donning their indigenous finery to sell baubles or the local administration instructing staff to wear regional costume in the office. Whats wrong with dressing up and pretending? Isnt that what they do in Disneyland? Equally, its not what it purports to be. It has undergone a subtle interior change, into a branch of commercial culture, of marketing.
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rfkrfk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:43 PM
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5. tax on jet fuel for international flight is zero, not one penny
Chicago 1944 treaty
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