93% of corals have been impacted by abnormally warm waters. Coral bleaching has spread around the globe, devastating reef mortality and resulting in a sense of urgency amongst some tourists. A feeling of ‘I have to get there before its too late!’ is sweeping across many travellers. This has created a form of tourism that I have come to loathe the most, ‘last-chance Tourism’. It suggests a feeling of hopelessness, that we are too late and nothing can be done. Conservation soon gets replaced by an acceptance of demise and we extract as much as we can before it disappears. This needs to change and fast!
I have been told by a very wise person that perhaps I should take another look at what I am writing and reconsider my approaches. So I have reassessed … she is completely right. I work in tourism because I believe it is a tool that can do so much good in the world, so why am I always complaining? Probably because this blog is based on recent things I hear in the news and as you well know, a lot of the things that we see in the news are negative. So lets switch this around and look at the positive in a negative story I heard this week.
The story that shocked me this week was a short documentary called The Elephant in the Room that was possibly inspired by the Blackfish effect. The short documentary investigated captive Elephants across zoos in Europe. I am sure you will agree it is an incredibly sad documentary. In many places we watch elephants in their concrete confines without really considering the cruelty behind it. So what positives can be taken from this story?