Environment and Climate

Sonnenaufgang in  Taasilac, Grönland
© Laura Jäger

In many places of the world tourism actively contributes the protection of the environment: national parks in many places are financed by the income of tourists and biodiversity becomes an attractive selling point for destinations. Nevertheless: on a global scale, tourism consumes huge amounts of scarce natural resources - like water or energy - and produces mountains of rubbish from plastic bottles and food waste. One long-haul return flight from Frankfurt to New York City alone exhausts more carbon than an average Indian citizen per year. Flying becomes an issue of global justice, since especially the poorest of the poor suffer from the climate crisis, while at the same time cannot afford the luxury of flying. We therefore support a kind of tourism that saves resources-and causes as little climate change as possible.

Shared Responsibility

Regenwald - Kompensation von CO2 durch Naturschutzprojekte
© Brot für die Welt - Helge Bendl

The awareness for climate change is increasing amongst Peruvian tourism businesses. This article shows how they assume responsibility and take action.

India Takes Off

Indischer Flughafen
© Andreas Jäger

Air travel has become an integral part of life for the upper class and parts of the growing middle class. India’s Civil Aviation Policy seeks to make flights more accessible and affordable for the less affluent.

Taxing Aviation

Flughafengebäude in Frankfurt
© Brot für die Welt - Lohnes

Bill Hennings sheds light on the current political debate within the EU and demands action in order to drastically reduce the effects from aviation on our climate.

Flight Exclusive

asiatischer Zug
© Robert Wenzel

The most popular destinations abroad amongst German travelers are Spain and Italy - spots that are all in medium distance and are accessible without planes. So how can tour operators get their guests to their destination without taking them to the airport first?

The Tale of the Promised Land

Schild am Eingang des Limpopo National Parks, Mosambik
© Kei Otsuki

Three communities resettled outside of Limpopo National Park. However, the promise of irrigated agriculture is not fulfilled yet and severely impacts the communities' ability to produce food.

After the Floods in Kerala

The devastating floods and landslides in the South Indian state of Kerala destroyed a large part of the crops. In the mountain district of Wayanad, farmers hardly have any resources to reinvest in rice farming again after the flood. Now community tourism tied to agriculture is seen as a …

Minimizing Impacts – Maximizing Benefits

Costa Rica has developed a diversified tourism model primarily based on the natural resources of the country. It includes different tourism offers which are conducted in parallel. There is no dependency and no displacement by the cruise industry, unlike in other Caribbean destinations …

The Struggle for Water

The province of Guanacaste in Costa Rica has seen a series of intensive conflicts arising between communities and hotel and residential projects in relation to water. The construction and speculation fever that the area has been subject to since the end of the 1990s has positioned it as …

Climate Trek Helambu

In 2015 Nepal experienced massive earthquakes and was left with hundreds of thousands of houses destroyed. Especially Helambu, located north-east of Kathmandu, was severely affected. In this region, tourism is a main source of income for its residents. More than two years later, the …

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