Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blog Action Day: Climate Change and Tourism

Today is Blog Action Day. The theme this year is Climate Change. One of the suggested categories is travel. Since I just returned from a trip where green efforts to mitigate climate change were evident everywhere I traveled, this seemed a good subject for me today. Today I thought I’d touch on just a few of the environmental programs we discovered.

© June Scroggin, All Rights Reserved. Photo of our ship, Adventure of the Seas, taken from the top of the Paradise Point Tram at St. Thomas.

Royal Caribbean, the cruise line on which we sailed, is an adamant supporter of healthy environmental actions. They received the first ever "Clean Sea Award” during the Nor-Shipping Conference titled "From Crisis to Opportunity: Shipping's Role in the Fight against Climate Change" (Oslo, June 9–12, 2009).

Royal Caribbean established a Save The Waves program to directly engage the crew and guests in their environmental management efforts. Information was in our cabin with tips about participation. Many of the available ship excursions included opportunities to be active in environmental concerns.

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The Environmental Committee of the Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association facilitates island initiatives such as beach and reef clean-ups, educational programs, and sponsors the Sponsor-A-Mile Program to keep Aruba clean as well as the Save the Turtles Foundation.

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I’m not a big shopper when traveling, probably much to the financial despair of places I visit. However, we did pick up a few things here and there on our trip. In Aruba, recycled license plates are sold as souvenirs. My husband bought one for me with Aruba’s motto: “One Happy Island”. I like the idea of mementos made from recycled materials.

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Dominica, located in the West Indies, promotes itself as a nature island. This is a very green island in terms of agriculture which provides plentiful food resources along with those foods provided by the sea. Their water is resourced from the abundant rains they receive. My photo shows some of their bamboo piping structures which helps with natural irrigation as well as drainage.

Just like many of the islands we visited, Dominica stresses utilizing reusable grocery bags. Funds from the bag sales support local charities which I heartily approve.

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One other item I bought was a small jar of pure Dominican sulphur cream with lavender, a completely natural skin care product made from the natural clay and natural sulphur springs in the Wotton Waven area of Roseau Valley.

Travel doesn’t mean we blithely go about our vacations ignoring our environmental responsibilities—because it affects all of us everywhere. Tourism doesn’t have to be a detriment to the environment. As tourists in these places; we thoroughly enjoyed the opportunities afforded us to participate in positive and responsible ways.


Andrea (ace1028) said...

Found you through Blog Action Day. Great post. Love your pictures, as well!

greetingarts said...

Oh, the color of that WATER! Welcome home, love hearing your travel stories.

chris brown said...

I hope that they change everything around...

edwin sanchez said...

i think it’s quite real- the world has undergone several heating and cooling cycles…but i think we’re REALLY helping this one along.

Chinese Translator said...

This is a good one.Thanks! In fact, Im bookmarking it. Happy Blog Action Day! :-)

Bridgett said...

Wow...I'm applauding Royal Caribbean cruises and all the other efforts made in various countries.


And I would love to try some of the sulpher cream. :)


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Very commendable June! I'm glad Royal Caribbean cruise liner is being environmentally conscious, as should all companies.

Storybook Woods said...

Oh what a beautiful island and a wonderful place to vacation xooxox Clarice

Diane Schuller said...

Really great to hear about their philosophy. I'm always telling people I've been green for decades, long before it was cool to be green :) Every once in a while I provide a link to my weekly environment column in my blog. The newspaper I write for doesn't allow me to reprint my columns until 6 months after they appear in the paper but I am allowed to link to the archives when they put it up on their website. I don't know if people ever read them from my blog so I seldom post them :)
I LOVE that old Aruba license plate and what a great idea to buy it as a souvenir. How very creative of them as well. Thanks for writing about this important topic June!