The culture in Edinburgh is like no other. I could spend my entire day just soaking it up, people watching and photographing. There is nothing quite like visiting a place where the sense of identity is so strong that it leaves you a little in awe. After all, that's what makes travelling so magical!
So this rainy Sunday is love to know, where else in the world has a culture like no other?
This post is first, a call to help. People across Kerala and Coorg are stuck in some of the worst floods of recent times, stuck in houses and shelters without food or water, stuck waiting to be rescued. Relief camps have been flooded, Kochi airport is under water, trains have been cancelled. Loved ones have been lost, homes have been destroyed, agricultural land has been washed away and livelihoods are at stake. As the rains abate and people try to rebuild their lives, you and I can help in small ways. Go to @amazondotin and contribute products of use to 3 organisations - including @goonj - helping with relief efforts or find a collection centre near you (especially in Bangalore). Kerala and Karnataka may feel far from where we are, but this is still our land, our people, our country... and who knows who’s turn it’ll be tomorrow?
This post is then, a call to think. For those of us who are unaffected by the calamity, those of us having a usual Sunday morning... A call to STOP blaming nature for this calamity. A call to stop abusing the rains for what’s happening. A call to take a step back and think about how this calamity is not brought about by nature but man. Reports are already showing that much of the floods are because of the incessant damming of the rivers, because of the incessant construction and destruction along the river beds, because of everything we’re doing in the name of development.
I know many of us are not high level decision makers. But we make our individual choices and those matter. Choices like bringing more humans on this overpopulated earth; consuming far more resources than we need; contributing to the toxic waste that is destroying our rivers; not raising our voices when we must because it doesn’t directly affect us; not reading enough to know what is really going on. We are all equally part of the problem and our individual choices matter.
I’m reflecting on mine today, as I look at terrifying images of the destruction in Kerala and Coorg... and you?
(Update: Maybe not Paytm money to CM’s flood relief fund; he’s apparently using it for private chopper rides. Source: Times of India)
Lantern Bridge, Hoi An. Vietnam.
The old quarter in Hội An, the ancient city's historic district, is recognized as an exceptionally well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century, its buildings and street plan reflecting a unique blend of influences, indigenous and foreign.
In 1999 the old town was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port of the 15th to 19th centuries, with buildings that display a unique blend of local and foreign influences.
Recently there has been a report by UNESCO to draw attention to the impacts of tourism on environment and culture as a mitigatory effort.
#ReGram @kindtraveler: We’re so honored to see Kind Traveler in @forbes this week on the economy of goodwill thanks to ✍🏼@stayboutique_ / @boutiqueleadersassoc 🌷 ⇢ “The rise in voluntourism, #sustainabletourism +#ecotourism initiatives all point to a common value that people share by perusing their wanderlust: do good wherever you go” 💕
🇧🇷 Fiz uma viagem de navio quando criança, mas de uns tempos pra cá tenho me questionado muito se vale a pena contribuir para esse tipo de turismo e a extensão do impacto ambiental causado pelos navios. Assim que chegamos em Geiranger, esse vilarejo na Noruega com apenas 240 habitantes (sim, 240), tinham dois transatlânticos atracados ali e, certamente, aquele pedacinho paradisíaco não comportava as milhares de pessoas desembarcando freneticamente e lotando as ruas. Não é só, comecei a pensar sobre o volume de lixo produzido pelos navios e a destinação que lhes é dada. Descobri que há uma Convenção da Organização Marítima internacional que autoriza o despejo de lixo orgânico no mar (a uma distância de 12 milhas náuticas da costa, cerca de 22km) e o lançamento de esgoto com tratamento prévio também na mesma distância. Além disso, a energia elétrica nos navios geralmente é produzida por motores a diesel , o que incrementa a emissão de gases de efeito estufa. Também encontrei alguns alertas sobre o derramamento de óleos e outros produtos químicos no mar durante a operação dos cruzeiros. A Royal Caribbean, por exemplo, é uma das empresas que já foi multada por ter desejado substâncias tóxicas no mar. A questão é que até a descoberta e a efetiva punição há um longo caminho e não se desfaz um dano dessa natureza. Queria saber se vocês também já pensaram sobre isso, se acham que estou viajando ahahah ou se faz algum sentido pra vocês também! Contem pra mim ;)
🇬🇧 I went on a cruise trip when I was a child, but lately I’ve been asking myself if it’s worth to be a part of it and what is the real extension of all environmental damages this ships are causing. By the moment we arrived in Geiranger, this tiny norway village (with only 240 inhabitants), there were 2 huge ships full of people coming back and forward, obviously too much for that place. Then, it kind of pop into my mind a concern with all the garbage and sewage on board and the destination of it. Also, there are some oils, fuel, an chemical products that are being spread in the ocean. As I’m really far from being a expert on this matter, I’d like to know if you ever thought about it, if you
Estamos trabajando para mejorar las condiciones de vida de los pueblos pequeños en el paramo y el subtropico. El turismo ofrece una alternativa económica al lado de la ganadería y también mas oportunidades por el futuro laboral de los jóvenes locales. #cambiaresposible#premiosverdes
The Humpback Whales are on their way! 💙🐳
Our friend in conservation and underwater photographer @jahmahson captured this beautiful footage of two very inquisitive Humpback Whales whilst on a research trip off the coast of Coffs Harbour on Friday. The Humpback Whales will slowly be heading South over the next months. The best time to spot them in Tasmania is generally between October and mid December. Southern Right Whales can be seen even earlier, throughout the winter, when they like to rest in sheltered bays along Tassies coastline. ------------------------------------------
Our season officially starts on the 23rd September. But because we can't wait that long, we'll be running an additional Coastal Adventure tour on Sunday, the 16th! Fingers crossed for many days like this!
To finish up our staycation (😭), Mark and I spent yesterday biking around the city! Unfortunately, my own bike got stolen a few years back so we used @bikeshareto to pedal around.
I can’t really say enough about this company or the concept. For those of you that may be unfamiliar with it, bikeshare has a bunch of stations interspersed around the city. Essentially, it’s like a hop-on hop-off bus except on a bike! Mark and I biked to the beach and dropped off our bikes while we had lunch. We went to the distillery district and our bikes waited for us while we walked around. So fun!
Obviously biking is a great method of transportation if anyone trying to decrease their carbon footprint and stay in shape! Bikeshare clearly believes in promoting sustainable practices - we noticed that their stations were powered by solar panels! 🙌🏽
Needless to say, we had a great day and now I want to look into getting a used road bike!
Does anyone rely on biking as a major method of transportation? 🚲 -
#GlobalGoal8 - #DecentWork#EconomicGrowth#SustainableTourism
Social Enterprises put community benefits along side sustainable business to create decent work and local economic growth.
Here are just a few of our finds... * Your Green Box, Knysna
* Julian’s Ceramics, Bredasdorp
* Sugar Sticks, Bredasdorp
* Dancing Fish Gallery, Louis Trichardt
* North West Craft and Design Institute, Zeerust
* The Joshua Tree, Bredasdorp
* Breede Skills Centre, McGregor
* Barrydale Hand Weavers, Barrydale
* Masithandane, Sedgefield
* amaWolseley Marimbas, Wolseley
If you know of any sustainable tourism projects or social enterprises in your part of South Africa please let us know.
We’re so honored to see Kind Traveler in @forbes this week on the economy of goodwill thanks to ✍🏼 @stayboutique_ / @boutiqueleadersassoc 🌷 ⇢ ‘The rise in voluntourism, #sustainabletourism +#ecotourism initiatives all point to a common value that people share by perusing their wanderlust: do good wherever you go” 💕
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