The English traveller often falls back on the English Foreign Travel Advice (FCO) for… well holiday advice. But the FCO world is a scary place, everywhere is either horrible, diseased, full of terrorists, robbers, protesters, guns, drugs… you get the idea. It has become the ‘google self-diagnosis’ for holidays; if you start googling the symptoms of your illness you will soon find you have cancer rather than a simple cold! The point is, if you look for trouble, you will find it and ABTA/ATOLS fear-mongering hasn’t helped. Bonding schemes have actually created insecurities rather than security and a trust issue amongst customers. Furthermore, due to the media, outbreaks like Ebola not only hurt the epicentre but also the surrounding countries, although a serious concern the Zika virus is starting to echo this effect.
Recently the underbelly of an angry Facebook world was opened up to me by accident. It made me reconsider how much I really wanted to be involved in the online world. I was no longer in control of what I saw, read and therefore learnt; on Facebook everybody else chooses what I see! But further to that, Facebook ultimately has the last word. This felt a little unsettling and I decided to dig a little further and my decision to ignore Facebook was quick and easy. Continue reading
The below picture really caught my attention this week. It is an incredibly provocative example of our relationship with animals. How does it make you feel? Does it make you want to support the conservation of orangutans or fight to put this one back in the wild?
In a rather timely manner, after my previous post, I read an article about some revelations in emissions caused by the airline industry. I won’t lie, I am silently smug because it supports my argument that the airline industry can do more to improve its efficiency. The International Council on Clean Transport, who are behind the VW emissions scandal, released a report that suggested there was a 51% difference in fuel efficiency between the most pollutant and cleanest airline.
So SeaWorld is pushing to create a more ‘naturalistic’ setting for their orcas. Big celebrations all round! Seemed like good news at first right? But something seems a little fishy, SeaWorld’s business model is as about as unnatural as bubble-gum flavour! So what is happening and why?
Have you started to think about your winter holidays yet, a short break skiing or snowboarding perhaps? But have you stopped to consider what these holidays would be like without snow? Pretty dull I would have thought… As the world warms up these holidays could become just a distant memory, but do you believe it’s going to happen in your lifetime? Honestly, I think we are going to come face to face with our impacts sooner than most think as North America ski industry melts before our eyes and the Maldives begins to sink. It seems we are disconnected from our holidays and the effects it is having elsewhere in the world. Continue reading
What a month and half its been for wildlife conservation! But it seems things are now starting to calm down giving us all some time to catch our breath, brush ourselves down and reflect on recent events. Since Cecil the Lion’s death the media have had a field day and long shall it last! The more publicity this story gets the larger the audiences conservation will be attracted. It’s a welcome step away from the economy and towards subjects that really matter. However, over the past month, an uncomfortable concern has been growing on how beneficial the media really is, especially in relation to its impacts. This time of calm is a good opportunity to revisit the case of Cecil, look back over the medias role and perhaps reinvigorate the hunting argument.