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Responsible Travel Photo Contest

Posted by deborahmclaren on January 25, 2011

Do you seek adventurous travel that enables you to learn, have fun and help others? Responsible travel offers all this and more.

The choices we make when we travel can either help or harm the people and places we visit. We’re seeking photos to illustrate this.
There will be one quarterly award by Responsible Travel Australia for the best photograph received by March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1 each year.

Visitors to this site will be invited to vote for the best photograph for each quarter. So the earlier in the 3 month voting period you enter your photo the more chance you’ll have of receiving maximum votes! Tell your friends and family to vote for you!

The prize for the winning photo each quarter will be a copy of the Ethical Travel Guide, Tourism Concern 2009 – an excellent resource for Responsible Travellers.

The overall winner each year, (selected by the Responsible Travel steering committee) will be chosen from the winning photos in the quarterly competitions for that year. The winner will receive the Responsible Travel Photographer of the Year award (the prize will be notified early 2011) and published in various appropriate media.

To download an entry form.

To vote!

To contact Tourism Concern.

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Green Music Alliance, Cloud Cult and Earthology Records

Posted by deborahmclaren on September 29, 2010

Cloud Cult (stolen from their website!)

Calling all festival goers, music travelers, musicians and fans!

Cloud Cult is an experimental indie rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota led by singer/songwriter Craig Minowa. The name originated from the ancient prophecies of indigenous North Americans. A lot of musicians and bands have become advocates for environmental organizations and Cloud Cult takes it damn serious.

In 1999, lead singer Craig and his wife Connie Minowa formed Earthology with an Earthology Records branch, which was focused on helping to green the music industry. Earthology Records is where all of the bands booking, publicity, CD replication, t-shirt production, and recording take place. Through Earthology, Minowa developed the first 100% post-consumer recycled CD packaging in the U.S. market. Earthology Records was later moved to an organic farm, powered by geothermal energy and built partially from reclaimed wood and recycled plastic. The band’s merchandise is all 100% postconsumer recycled or made of certified organic materials. Cloud Cult has planted over a thousand trees and plants several hundred more each year to absorb the band’s CO2 output. They also donate heavily to projects that build wind turbines as revenue generators on Native American Reservations.

Cloud Cult is music that speaks from the heart, from life, from creativity. After the death of Craig and Connie’s first child they poured their hurt into songs that were extremely personal and painful – yet also celebrated the elements of his life, all of our lives really, by celebrating “the mysteries of life” as Craig says. You can hear and buy their new CD, Running with the Wolves. Their next Minneapolis date is Nov 18th at First Ave. They are also playing Philly, NYC, Brooklyn, Boston and loads of other places.

Cloud Cult is a member of the Green Music Alliance, an organization founded in 2008 for music industry companies and artists who agree that it is time for the industry to examine the way they do business, create products, promote music, sell music and influence their fans. Also, the Green Music Alliance is for music fans who want to know what they can do for the planet. Members of the Green Music Alliance (featured artists this month are soul man John Legend, the lovely and kick-butt Sheryl Crow, and heroes Cloud Cult) strive to reduce the carbon footprint of their companies and raise awareness within their businesses and with their fans about how to reduce our impact on the environment. Their website is a great resource for every aspect of the music industry – everything from where to buy sustainably harvested bamboo guitars to solar stages, and how to tour sustainably. The website also tells the stories of musicians and others who are sending the sustainable world message to their industry and their fans. Radiohead telecommuted for the Conan O’Brian show to reduce their carbon footprint and KT Tunstall tours on a biodesiel bus. I love green rock.

nabbed free and with their permission

Note: Some of this info was blatantly lifted from the Green Music Alliance and Cloud Cult’s websites… oh, and YouTube. Enjoy!

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Indigenous Tourism Biodiversity Award and Interview with Oliver Hillel

Posted by deborahmclaren on July 22, 2010

Briefly, the ITBWA is a unique, important award for Indigenous Peoples involved in tourism. Listen to Ron Mader (host of http://www.planeta.com and interviewer) and Oliver Hillel of the CBD who sponsors the award.

Click here for the Youtube interview, Oliver Hillel and Ron Mader.

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To Do! and TOURA D ‘OR Awards socially responsible tourism contest

Posted by deborahmclaren on June 7, 2010

Applications open for Studienkreis international contests TO DO! and TOURA D’OR; Awards To
Be Given At ITB Berlin 2011

Berlin, 2 June 2010 – The TO DO! – Contest Socially Responsible Tourism is announced worldwide for the 16th time by tudienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung e.V. (Institute for Tourism and Development). Enterprises and public or private institutions that take into account the interests and needs of the local population in their touristic activities are welcome to apply.

That socially responsible and sustainable projects and measures can be economically
successful at the same time has been proven by this year’s TO DO! award winners from the Gambia and Mozambique. The winners receive their awards and the prize money during the ITB Berlin 2010– after a thorough selection process by a jury and an on-site visit of an expert.

Award Winner TO DO! 1999 Lehm- und Backsteinstra�e e.V., Germany

Award Winner TO DO! 1999 Lehm- und Backsteinstra�e e.V., Germany



The international TOURA D ‘OR – Film Contest Sustainable Tourism
, which has been organized bi-annually since 1990, calls for entries of tourism-related films from professional filmmakers, producers, and agencies. Productions which support a socially responsible, environmentally compatible and thus future-oriented tourism are honoured in different categories. Accepted are contributions in PAL-system as VHS tapes or DVDs in German or English, produced within the period of 2008 to 2010. The TOURA D’OR award ceremony will also take place during the ITB 2011.


On the websites http://www.to-do-contest.org

and http://www.tourador-contest.org

further information about the contests as well as all TO DO! and TOURA D’OR winners (including short film clips) are available in German and English. The conditions of participation and applications forms are also available for downloading.

Deadline of application for TO DO! 2010: August 31, 2010.

Deadline of application for TOURA D'OR 2010: September 30, 2010.

For further information about both contests: Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung e.V. (Institute for Tourism and Development), Kapellenweg 3, D-82541 Ammerland, phone: +49-(0)8177-1783, fax: +49-(0)8177-1349, email: info@studienkreis.org

TO DO! award-winning Sponsors of the TO DO!

For the TO DO! 2010 the Swiss Foundation for Solidarity in Tourism (SST) will donate 5,000 Swiss Francs prize money for each winner. The Europäische Reiseversicherung AG adds another 2,100 Euros for the award winners.

Cooperation Partners

– for TO DO!: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and
Development, Europäische Reiseversicherung AG, Church Development Service (EED),
ITB Berlin, Swiss Foundation for Solidarity in Tourism, Studiosus Reisen München
GmbH.

– for TOURA D 'OR: see http://www.tourador-contest.org

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Voting Now Open – Indigenous Tourism/Biodiversity Website Award

Posted by deborahmclaren on January 21, 2009

Planeta Update – Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award

>> http://www.planeta.com

The nominees are:

Bookabee Tours
Chalalán Ecolodge
The Great Spirit Circle Trail
Guurrbi Tours
Huit Huit Tours
Indigenous Trails
It’s Wild! Bush Camps
Kapawi Amazon Ecolodge
Magic Mara Safaris
Nguna – Pele Marine Protected Area
Ricancie
Sani Lodge
Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
TIME Unlimited
Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park

Voting is now open for the Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website

Award! Details – http://planeta.wikispaces.com/itbw

This initiative is the result of a collaborative effort between Planeta.com and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity to showcase best practices in web-based technologies helping indigenous people manage tourism in a biodiversity-friendly way. Voting takes place January 20 – February 20, 2009.

The award is presented to indigenous tourism websites that promote

sustainable practices and educate visitors on cultural protocols and

biodiversity conservation. Nominees include indigenous owned and operated tourism
businesses around the world. See the wiki —

http://planeta.wikispaces.com/itbw — for the descriptions of the operations with
links to highlights and Web 2.0 tools.

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