How tourism can improve society and slow down climate change
The purpose of this book and website are to show that travel and tourism aren’t just unnecessary leisure activities which need to be reduced to prevent climate change.
Traveling has allowed us to interact with different cultures and environments. Traveling has helped to create the safest multicultural society in human history.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic tourism was the third biggest industry in the world. It provided more than 10% of the world population with a job, while its carbon footprint was only 8%.
Now our World Economy is badly damaged by the Covid-19 pandemic, but sustainable tourism might be able to help. Tourism can be used as a sustainable tool to spread the wealth of stronger economies more equally among the people who live in weaker economies. When done right tourism will not only help to make our economy more equal and multiracial, but even greener!
If you want to read more about the relationship between tourism, society and climate change, I can recommend to buy our book Tourism vs Climate Change.
Part of the revenue from the sales of our book Tourism vs Climate Change will be invested in preserving Ecuadorian nature. And another part of the revenue will be used to maintain the information on this website up to date.
Reviews of Tourism vs Climate Change
“Tourism vs Climate Change: How Tourism can improve society and slow down climate change”, by Martijn Steijn, offers a unique and in-depth perspective into the interplay between these two dynamic forces in our world today. He offers the reader a refreshing perspective based on his direct experiences in the travel industry as well as from his unique journeys as a traveler in South America. This combined with his thorough research, clear definitions and reports published by leading scientists and global institutions, make this a timeless read. It is organized as both a reference and guide for becoming a more informed and conscious traveler with a positive outlook that our world is in much need of today. I highly recommend this thought provoking book that gives the reader an opportunity to look deeper into this matter of great importance.
– Ulonda Faye, Author, Political Scientist, Holistic Health Practitioner and Spiritualist
Must read for fact based travellers with responsibility for sustainability. The book provides insights in both sustainability, economy and travel – underpinned, fact based with reference notes – complemented by writers personal experiences and tools and tips to travel more sustainable – it can help the reader making a more conscious decision if and where to travel balancing experience with footprint.
Steve Why says: An extremely thought provoking read considering these strange times in which we are living.
Intussen heb ik je boek uitgelezen, petje af, ik vind het een heel goed onderbouwd verhaal en heb er zeker een aantal nieuwe dingen uit geleerd. Je legt alle aspecten van klimaatveranderingen heel uitgebreid uit, dit is heel informatief maar af en toe ook best pittig. – Popkje, reisagent
Translated review: In the meantime I have read your book. I think it is a very well-founded story and I have certainly learned a number of new things from it. You explain all aspects of climate change very extensively, this is very informative but sometimes also quite hard to read.
Index of Tourism vs Climate Change:
Ch. 3 What is Climate Change?
3.1 Climate change through human activity
3.2 The greenhouse effect
3.3 What is carbon dioxide?
3.4 Earth’s natural carbon cycle
3.5 The history of Earth’s atmosphere
3.6 Carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas
3.7 What are greenhouse gases?
Ch. 4 How to reduce climate change and why now?
4.1 The Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement
4.2 Our Carbon Budget
4.3 Representative Concentration Pathways
4.4 Shared Socio-economic Pathways
4.5 Shared Socio-economic Pathways in detail
Ch. 6 Influence of tourism on the environment, economy, culture, and social life
6.1 In short: the environmental impact of tourism
6.2 Economic impact of tourism
6.3 Cultural impact of tourism
6.4 Social impact of tourism
Ch. 7 How tourism contributes to global greenhouse gas emission
7.1 The greenhouse gas emission of tourism in perspective
7.2 To travel or not to travel, that is the question
7.3 The rebound effect
7.4 The plane is taking off anyway
7.5 The responsibility for carbon footprints
Ch. 8 Negative effects of tourism on the environment
8.1 It isn’t only greenhouse gas pollution
8.2 No place is off the tourism circuit
8.3 Mass tourism
8.4 Mass tourism and resorts
8.5 Some specific problems of mass tourism
8.6 The impact of Eco Lodges
8.7 Spiritual tourism and the abuse of cultural traditions
8.8 Negative effects of volunteer tourism
8.9 Ecological farms
8.10 Tourism strain on infrastructure
8.11 The Lifecycle of tourism
Ch. 11 Local communities and tourism
11.1 The many challenges surrounding community tourism
11.3 They’re rich and we’re poor
11.4 Different expectations
11.5 The bias of communities against tour agencies
11.6 NGOs versus travel agencies
11.7 Care versus Tropic
11.9 A problem resulting from capitalism
11.10 Tourist expectations and reality
11.11 Should the remote communities learn English?
11.12 Are local communities able to organize tourism?
11.13 Mutual advantages of long term partnerships
Ch. 12 The importance of tourism on a global scale
12.1 The first example: advantage of tourism on the Galapagos
12.2 Conservation in the Ecuadorian Amazon
12.3 Gene exchange as a result of traveling
12.4 Traveling and viruses
12.5 Social benefits of traveling and tourism
12.6 Tourism can create a better mutual understanding and avoid conflict
12.7 The Fauzi Azar Inn
12.8 Traveling and trading have made the world safer
12.9 Some of my own travel experiences
12.10 People who travel receive many benefits
Ch. 13 Is sustainable tourism possible?
13.1 Everything we do leaves a carbon footprint
13.2 The Carbon footprint of tourism
13.3 The official definition of sustainable tourism
13.4 Sustainable tourism or responsible tourism?
Ch. 14 How to make the tourist industry more sustainable
14.1 The responsibility of the tourist industry
14.2 The Eco Hotels of tomorrow
14.3 Sustainability recommendations for tour operators
14.4 Sustainable tourist projects
14.6 The danger of bookings websites
Ch. 15 Things travelers can do to make their vacation more sustainable
15.1 Fly responsibly
15.2 Natural carbon sequestration and offsets
15.3 Carbon offsets: atoning for sins of emission?
15.4 A few recommendable carbon offset programs
15.5 Be a more sustainable tourist while traveling
Ch. 17 The holistic sustainable approach
17.1 Change our mentality
17.2 Create time to travel
17.3 Sustained salaries
17.4 Well-being above economic growth
17.5 The Doughnut Economy
17.6 Increase happiness with a low(er) carbon footprint
17.7 Indulging in experiences provides more happiness
I What is the atmosphere?
II Earth’s carbon circle
III pH value of seawater
IV What is 1ppm of CO2
V Representative Concentration Pathways (RPC)
VI Transient Climate Response
VII How to set up a sustainable community tourist project/ business
VIII Building an ecologically friendly hotel
IX How to improve the sustainability of your existing hotel
X Sustainability tips for tour operators
XI CO sequestration calculation
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