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Women on Wheels in IndiaLast fall, G Adventures announced the 50-in-5 campaign as part of the United Nation’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.  I had an opportunity to ask Kim McCabe of G Adventures, a few questions about the goals of this campaign and how it related to sustainable tourism as well as benefiting local communities socially, economically and environmentally.

What is your ultimate goal with the 50-in-5 campaign, as it relates to traveler awareness of sustainable community experiences?

G Adventures’ 50-in-5 Campaign will raise CAD $5 million (USD $3.9 million) to integrate 50 new social enterprise projects into the G Adventures portfolio within 5 years.

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  • Kelly
    Kelly says #
    Love G-Adventures!
    I've just finished reading Bruce Poon Tip's book Looptail and have been DYING to go on a G Adventures Trip since. I too studied Su
  • Irene
    Irene says #
    RE:Love G-Adventures!
    Thanks Kelly! We think they are doing good work as well, but by far are not the only ones who are benefiting local communities soc

It's enough to make my head spin with anticipation! Today, more than half the world's population lives in cities and they are projected to add 274,000 people every day for the next 30 years.

According to organizations like the Earth Day Network (which is making Green Cities its Earth Day theme for 2014) and World Resources Institute (labeling Green Cities as one of the stories to watch for 2014), the real opportunity may be for cities to improve energy efficiency, invest in renewable energy, and implement green building practices.  In effect, large urban populations could serve as the perfect proving ground for technologies that dramatically increase air and water quality as well as expand green schools, public transport options, farmer's markets, and green spaces – perhaps even increasing the development of green vacation packages.

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  • Bob
    Bob says #
    I would love to go to Iceland, not for the green though, I want the white!

The term "Noah's Ark" can conjure up many images. For some, it's a biblical reference set in modern day Turkey. For others, it's traveling through the lush landscapes of southern Africa while on safari. For Australians though, the term invokes a call to action to protect the endangered species that call Tasmania home.

Tasmania's strikingly picturesque land - with its nature reserves, beaches, clear waters, glacial remnants and World Heritage Sites – provides the perfect ecosystem for migrating blue and humpback whales, kangaroos, southern elephant seals, wedge-tailed eagles, albatrosses, petrels, skinks, wombats, the threatened subarctic fur seal, and, of course, the famed Tasmanian devil.

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  • Ihsan
    Ihsan says #
    Animal Conservation, really gr...
    First of all, I really like this blog because I love the idea of placing ‘Endangered Animal Species’ on an Island where these anim
  • Irene Lane
    Irene Lane says #
    RE:Animal Conservation, really...
    Ihsan, I think you may have misunderstood the intent of the article. There are no animals being placed on the island. Rather, be
  • rekha
    rekha says #
    Thanks for sharing awesome post. I loved your blog.
  • Greenloons
    Greenloons says #
    Noah's ark really conjures now a new image. Nice description. I felt a strong desire to visit this area in Tasmania.

By now, you are probably experiencing the lazy days of August in the run up to September, where school starts, fall sports and cooler weather change the dynamic of weekend getaways. However, if you’ve got one more weekend getaway left in you and want to do something really different – check out these great festivals in the United States and around the world.

What does the term “obtained a qualified third party eco-certification” really mean to travelers? Is it a “green” seal of approval? Does it mean that a tourism supplier is also operating in a sustainable, responsible, local and eco manner too?

In a newly released Greenloons Consumer Guide to Eco-Certifications, we explain that lure of playing in the billion-dollar annual eco-travel market means that over the last decade, there has been an oversaturation of loosely applied and misunderstood eco-labels that often set the consumer up to pay higher prices often associated with ecotourism. But it doesn’t need to be confusing or expensive.

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