No. 80 Global Trends, Global Challenges (09/2015)

Encounters with Refugees in Greece

Tourists spending their holidays in Greece this year are often directly confronted with the misery of the refugees stranded on the Eastern Aegean islands. As Bread for the World’s migration expert Sophia Wirsching reports, the refugee crisis happens in the midst of the economic crisis in Greece. The country is not able to handle the many refugees from conflict zones such as Syria, who first touch …

Aerotropolis developments

Aerotropolis projects are among the largest megaprojects pursued by governments and corporations. These airport centric developments destroy farmland and forests, and act as economic enclaves, fostering corporate growth and excluding host communities. All over the world, developments called an ‘aerotropolis’, or airport city, are being constructed, planned and announced. An aerotropolis is an …

Assessing Tourism's Resource Use

Tourism has entered a period of “Great Acceleration” in humanity’s global environmental impact. Even if efficiency gains were substantial, these would be outpaced by arrival numbers, growth in the average distances travelled, and a trend towards greater resource use intensities in a small but growing share of upscale tourism. In the consumption of water, energy, and food, demand for land, and …

„Peak Oil“ and its Relevance for Tourism

With a share of about 40 percent, oil dominates global energy supplies. Maintaining living standards or even improving them requires increasing supplies of cheap oil. However, ‘Peak Oil’ – the actual end of cheap oil – is in direct contradiction to this. It questions the projected growth of the tourism industry, turning it into “wishful thinking”, says Harald Friedl. The dynamic integration of …

Towards Climate Justice in Tourism

The effects of climate change, capacities to adapt and the positive and negative impacts of tourism are not evenly distributed. The prime victims are the poor and marginalised, they pay the price. Therefore, a differentiated approach in both tourism development and climate negotiations is essential, based on human rights and the principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibility (CBDR). The …

Goals for the Rich

At the end of September, the United Nations will adopt new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are to beimplemented by all countries, acknowledging that the rich and powerful have special responsibilities. Chee Yoke Ling of Third World Network is part of a "Civil Society Reflection Group on Global Development Perspectives" that has published a discussion paper on "Goals for the Rich". We …

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