A group of Vancouver individuals, concerned about the impact of tourism on global greenhouse gas emissions and determined to help Canada's tourism industry become more climate friendly, recentky created the Icarus Foundation.
The Icarus Foundation also published a useful summary of the scale of the problem in Canada that can be downloaded from here.
Our next step in Vancouver is to measure our internal footprint - what contribution does our organisation, Tourism Vancouver, make to the build up of grenhouse gases? Next, we'll try to measure the impact if the visitor industry to Greater Vancouver on the emissions generated regionally.
Why is Tourism Invisible in Victoria?Last Updated on 2008-07-02 00:00:00Every evening the decaying contrails highlight that litter the evening sky manifest the importance of air traffic to human existence. A global economy is, by definition, a connected economy reliant on various forms of transportation to complete the communication process that might have started through a chance email, or conference meeting or phone call. Business and leisure travel now forms a pillar of the global economy so very few would wish to see it decline. But that same economic generator and connector also uses up earth's precious resources of fossil fuel and the earth's capacity to process and eliminate waste in the form of greenhouse gases. The problem is that planet earth cannot keep pace with humankind's activity and the growth of aviation, which, today, contributes somewhere between 3-4% of gloal emisssions and tomorrow - well who knows, exactly, except that it will increase... More »
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