Sustainability of Tourism

sustainability_0The world today is magnificent in many ways, and sometimes, it is hard to not be in awe at everything that humanity has been able to achieve. Over the course of time, a number of things thought impossible have been achieved and surpassed, creation of cultures, building of societies, improving the way of life for most of the world’s population. However, in that process, a number of lines have been crossed, lines that perhaps should have been treated with more care, one of which being that of protecting and caring for the world that humans call home.

At present, half the world seems to be in deniability whilst the other half is condemning what is supposed to be the human contribution to the degradation of the planet. Regardless of who or what is to blame, the conclusion stands the same, there is a need to change the way life is lived, at least a bit. Heavy industries, transportation, agronomy, these are all factors that negatively affect the earth’s ecosystem; as such, there is a need to establish more environmentally friendly industries wherever this is possible.

Tourism in this regard, plays a crucial role, as it is a proven means of providing work to people, whilst at the same time, having a much smaller carbon footprint than most other industries. Of course, this is not saying that tourism does not affect the environment, quite the contrary; the popularity and growth of mass tourism have meant unchecked tourist infrastructure development, such as hotels, malls and roads with no concern to the damage that they would do to the local flora and fauna. Not to mention that remote cultures that are small in size are at risk of changing and losing the very elements that make them special due to cultural pollution brought in by visitors. However, in a world of damaging industries, tourism is always a viable option for the economic development of an area.