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.

Sustainability in tourism

Sustainability and tourism. A guide through the label jungle
© Brot für die Welt

The arbeitskreis tourismus und entwicklung (akte), Ecotrans e. V., the Naturfreunde Internationale and Tourism Watch at Brot für die Welt have updated the famous „guide through the label jungle“ for the third time. Within the booklet, the standards of the most important 20, of more than 150, touristic sustainability labels are compared.

Fair tourism – A matter of heart and mind

Fair tourism – A matter of heart and mind. Tips for fair travel
© Brot für die Welt

The booklet in a convenient pocket format stimulates reflection and analysis regarding the impacts of tourism and gives practical tips for a fair and socially responsible way of travelling. At the same time, it is humorous and without a moralising undertone.

Climate-related Loss and Damage

Extreme weather events such as heat and drought, torrential rains and cyclones are increasing due to global warming. They lead to major destruction, economic damage and loss of human lives. The poor run even higher risks of falling victims to extreme climate conditions, says Sabine …

Aviation and Shipping: The Elephants in the Room

With high emissions, enormous growth rates and a lack of binding reduction targets, the bunkers threaten to undermine global efforts to mitigate climate change, writes Annegret Zimmermann. It is therefore more urgent than ever to address aviation and shipping at the highest level 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 …

„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 …

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 …

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 …

Offsetting – "100 % inclusive"

As air travel contributes significantly to climate change, tour operators need to address the challenge of reducing the carbon footprint of their operations. As Petra Thomas reports, Forum anders reisen, a German tour operators' association for sustainable tourism, has been supporting …

Reducing Emissions, Promoting Development

By Christina Kamp When tourists pay to "offset" their emissions from air travel, an equal amount of emissions needs to be reduced elsewhere. These reductions must be real and additional. The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) allows countries like Germany to meet part of their reduction …

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