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Welcome to the Greenloons Blog, your go-to ecotourism / sustainable / responsible (or whatever term you feel comfortable with) travel resource. Here, you will find eco travel destination profiles, environmentally friendly travel tips, ecotourism certification information, eco trip reviews and much more! Read, share and let us know your thoughts about ecotourism!
Founder of BirdsChile, Raffaele is a naturalist guide with more than 12 years of experience leading groups through different destinations of South America, from the jungles of Brazil to the white continent of Antartica. He is a top-notch birder and involved in different conservation projects and educational programs with local communities in the Lake District region, where he lives with his wife and two daughters. Author of the first pocket guide of Birds of The Lake District and the Island of Chiloé. Raffaele lived many years in Europe and speaks fluently English, Spanish and Italian. He was for 4 years president of the Tour Guide Association and currently is part of the board of directors.
Even as a child Max was destined to fall in love with ecotourism. His favourite lesson was biology and his favourite celebrity was Attenborough! Some of his personal highlights from his travels include the Gray Langur Monkeys of Rajasthan, a Lion charging down his land rover in Kruger National Park and seeing a Blue Whale glide under his boat off the coast of Boston, USA. Find him on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Charlotte Bridge is an online marketing manager for GoEuro, the travel platform for comparing and booking trains, buses and flights across Europe. Partnering with over 500 European transport operators, GoEuro is revolutionising the travel planning experience, providing customers with more choice, transparent pricing and easier booking. GoEuro lets travellers search for any location, including cities, towns and villages, showing the best possible transport combinations while eliminating the need to visit multiple websites to plan their entire trip. With GoEuro, travel planning is simple, flexible and personal.
Thomas Kirby is a recent postgraduate in Environmental Management & Sustainability hailing from Texas and has lived in Ireland and Malta while completing his education. He is passionate about water quality, fisheries, agriculture, and outdoor sports, and is currently completing his certification in project management for development organizations.
Adventure-travel writer, Linda Ballou’s mission is to get to as many beautiful places she can before they are gone! She shares a host of travel articles on her site, www.LindaBallouAuthor.com, along with information about her travel memoir, Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler’s Tales.
Sam Webb is Communications and Fundraising Manager for Cafédirect Producers’ Foundation (CPF). Sam has experience of working with a number of small charities and organisations in the UK, Spain and Peru. He is passionate about travelling and loves learning about the world and its people. He is particularly interested in the potential of storytelling and photography for empowering communities. You can follow Sam and CPF at @scjwebb and @ProducersFdn.
Stephanie is a British expat living in Petra, Jordan. In the United Kingdom, Steph worked in various administrative roles before becoming part of the team to set up Amirah Foundation, a Birmingham based community interest company whose aim was to support women in domestic violence situations. After leaving the foundation, she moved to Jordan with her family where she is now part of the management team at A Piece of Jordan, a project whose aim is to help bring tourists back to Jordan, stay in Petra for longer and engage with the local community.
Camela Giraud teaches journalism and is the Director of Collaborative Learning and Educational Outreach at The Out-of-Door Academy in Sarasota, Florida. When school's out, Camela enjoys all kinds of expeditions near and far which she chronicles in long summer evenings. She is the mother of two school-aged children who have taught her many things from the joys of a good Little League game to the words of many songs she wouldn’t otherwise ever hear. Tweet her @Camela
Award-winning writer and film-maker Sharon Gilbert-Rivett was born in Cambridge in England, where she was raised, and educated. She fell in love with Africa and its wild places at an early age, thanks to her family hauling her to Kenya, South Africa and what is now Zimbabwe before the age of 10.
She began working in journalism as a rock music writer in the early 1980s. Writing concert reviews turned into mainstream journalism with stints on top newspapers and magazines in the UK before Sharon traded black leather for khaki, returning permanently to South Africa in 1991. She now writes widely on conservation, eco-tourism and travel and also makes natural history documentaries with her company, Painted Earth Productions.
Andrea Moore has dipped her toes in a lot of ponds, lakes, and oceans over the years. She has adventured around the world doing odd jobs and studying biology, languages, and sailing.
Now surprisingly settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Andrea’s still up to a bit of everything as a marine biologist, a writer, and an editor.
Tane Clark is the Marketing Manager for HalfPrice.com.au, which has provided a variety of sustainable home improvement solutions, including a range of solar panel solutions, throughout Australia for over 15 years.
Irene is the founder & president of Greenloons. She is a dual EU citizen who has lived in 5 countries and visited 32 more in Asia, Oceania, Latin America and Europe. Drawing upon her professional and personal experiences to address authentic ecotourism from community, ecological and financial points of view, Irene is a frequent conference speaker, Huffington Post blogger and radio talk show guest.
Gustavo is the founder of Inverted America Journeys. He has worked as a consultant for the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism, for Mamirauá Institute for Sustainable Development and its award-winning Uakari Floating Lodge and, believe it or not, worked for the Organizing Committee for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games as a Resident Center manager at the Olympic and Paralympic Village. It was through those experiences that he realized that the smaller the scale, the more responsible and sustainable tourism tends to be for the local host community. At the same time, he is a Master's student in Responsible Tourism at Manchester Metropolitan University, in the United Kingdom.