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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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Join the discussion: Responsible Tourism Week 2010: May 17-21

Posted by deborahmclaren on May 14, 2010

Responsible Tourism Week 2010: May 17-21

For the second year in a row, is proud to announce Responsible Tourism Week, revving up for action from May 17-21, 2010.

Created first in 2009 when the Belize Responsible Tourism Conference was cancelled due to the swine flu outbreak, RT Week, scheduled just a few weeks before World Environment Day, is “a free demonstration of Web 2.0 as a means of documenting the challenges of developing (and maintaining!) responsible tourism.”

While it takes place online and uses the latest Web-based information-sharing tools as the medium of exchange – participants will use Delicious, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, YouTube and Slideshare to document their practices – the news transmitted will always be about down-to-earth good tourism reported from around the world.

Although the primary objective is of course to encourage the practice of responsible tourism and then broadcast word of it to as broad a community (online and off) as possible, another key outcome is the creation of incentives for continuity between tourism conferences, especially those that address responsible tourism issues and practices. RT Week is a perfect opportunity to share updates on recent events and cultivate interest for future ones, as well as renew and strengthen collaborative bonds within the industry… and create new ones.

In other words, this is the week where you get to shout out to the world the good things you see around you, so be honest and be public. Support a local event. Create a local event. Lead the way or follow the topics for which you have a passion. Talk food, volunteering, slow travel, local travel – and create a foamboard to help get your message across!
Some RT Week Tips

* Walk the talk – Practice responsible tourism wherever you are.
* Be generous – Compliment someone via twitter, fave a photo or write a testimonial on Flickr, give a thumbs up to a video on YouTube.
* Play nice – Enough said.
* Be creative – Can you make your own poster or graphic for RT Week 2010?
* Have your say – What is responsible tourism? Please take a moment to answer the responsible tourism survey.
* Show your twitter savvy – Use the hashtag: #rtweek2010 on any relevant tweets.
* Have fun! Organize a marshmallow challenge to test your creative muscle!

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Posted by deborahmclaren on April 26, 2010

By Harold Goodwin – 30 November 2009Co-operative Travel logo

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In 2002 was one of the first companies to adopt carbon offsetting and it is now one of the first to abandon the approach. Recognizing that flying is currently one of the fastest growing sources of CO2 emissions has mounted a campaign to say no to carbon offsetting and to say yes to carbon reduction.

Justin Francis of is reported in The Independent today. He said that he had decided to abandon offsets because he believes they have become “a medieval pardon that allows people to continue polluting”. He went on

“Carbon offsetting is an ingenious way to avoid genuinely reducing your carbon emissions,” he said yesterday. “It’s a very attractive idea – that you can go on living exactly as you did before when there’s a magic pill or medieval pardon out there that allows people to continue polluting.”

As the makers of the excellent film clip Cheat Neutral made clear you cannot offset the damage you do the environment by flying by paying someone else to reduce their carbon emissions. If you have not watched the movie, watch it now. It will make you smile.

As say on their site “Offsetting flights has too often been seen as an opportunity to go on flying the same amount or more.”’s message is clear fly less, make the essential life style changes and when we do fly make it count by choosing a holiday which will have a positive impact in the destination. have launched a range of lower carbon travel experiences, encouraging the use of the train and public transport and reminding us that there is much to be enjoyed and experienced closer to home with 200 UK holiday ideas.

Whilst as individuals we can make a difference we should not ignore the scale of the problem we need national and international action to slow global warming –

The Independent quotes some of the offers available on offsets, it is surely a matter of considerable concern that the amount of carbon emitted varies so much and the cost too.. The British government’s official Shadow Price of Carbon is £28 per tonne Clearly offsetting provides a cheaper deal, but that is not covering the real cost of the damage caused by the carbon emitted which using the DFRA figure is significantly higher.

The examples reported by The Independent
What do some of the major offset companies charge for offsetting a return flight from London to Sydney for two people?
*Climate Care: 11.23 tonnes of CO2 which costs £98.03 to offset.
*Carbon Clear: 2.82 tonnes of CO2 which costs £21.15 to offset
*The Carbon Neutral Company: 6.1 tonnes of CO2 which costs between £52 and £122 to offset depending on which project you choose
*Offset Carbon: 8 tonnes of CO2 at £76

This Article first appeared on the Harold Goodwin Blog

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