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Global Sustainable Tourism Council

The GSTC develops and maintains global sustainable standards and supplies travellers with a database of tour operators, hotels, and destinations meeting the criteria for a sustainable destination.

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National Geographic Geotourism

Find formal geotourism programs—those that sustain or enhances the geographical character of a place—by using National Geographic's map of handpicked tourism experiences.

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The Rainforest Alliance Green Vacations

Search the farms, forests, and businesses that have met rigorous environmental and social standards to become The Rainforest Alliance Certified.

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Public Broadcasting Service

Responsible tourism comes down to respect; examine both sides of the debate surrounding poverty tourism around the world.

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Water.org

Access to clean water can break the cycle of poverty and save lives. Water.org works to bring water and sanitation to the world.

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WaterAid

Discover the startling statistics on global water scarcity issues, and the efforts being made in communities around the world to help people access clean water.

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The Water Hub

This site shares a hauntingly beautiful window into the global water crisis, and the impact of water scarcity, pollution, and urbanization.

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Smog of the Sea Documentary

Journeying to the remote waters of the Sargasso Sea to find the "garbage patches," the citizen scientists discover a disturbing fog of microplastics in this documentary featuring an original score by Jack Johnson.

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United Nations Development Programme

A photoessay examining the relationship between humans and the oceans, and the places for compromise and balance.

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UN Environmental Program

This global intergovernmental movement protects and preserves the world's oceans from the impacts of land-based activities, and works to reverse advanced marine degradation and pollution.

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Litterbase

Litter is a serious threat to marine health, and Litterbase visually maps where marine litter concentrates and provides the public with valuable scientific knowledge about ocean health.

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WTTC Blog

By supporting social enterprises and small businesses on the road, travellers have the ability to directly infuse money into local economies; here's how that works.

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WTTC Blog

This piece examines how travellers can use travel as a force for good and the benefits of responsible tourism practices to both travellers and communities.

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World Wildlife Day

This annual event encourages young voices from across the world to address ongoing major threats to wildlife including habitat change, over-exploitation, and illicit trafficking.

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Vice

The cost of elephant tourism is high — it's a price paid by the elephant, and in many cases, tourists too. Read more to understand why elephant tourism isn't a sustainable industry.

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The Atlantic

Both elephants and their handlers face harsh conditions from the tourism industry, yet there is no simple solution for world's captive elephants.

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National Geographic

One journalist discovered that Thailand's famed Tiger Temple participated in the illegal trade of these beautiful big cats.

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Scientific American

Hawaii’s Big Island developed an undersea encounter with manta rays that balances tourism with the need to institute marine life protections.

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Bloomberg

Understand the intricacies of wildlife tourism so you can book vacations that help save and preserve wildlife communities for generations to come.

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New Statesman

A famous climber delves into the debate about returning Mount Everest into a site of holiness, as it once was to the Sherpas living in the Himalayas.

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Parks Australia

Although open to the public to climb, Uluru is a sacred site to the Aboriginal people and they ask that travellers respectfully refrain from climbing the rock.

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My Climate

Calculate the cost of your flight or road trip and donate either to the organization, or donate your carbon offsets to one of the specific international climate protection projects.

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Gold Standard

Read real-world stories about climate programs around the world using carbon offsets to help the most vulnerable access critical services like energy, water and food.

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Native Energy

Use the trip calculator to calculate the amount of carbon emitted on your trip, then donate to programs designed to support sustainable local communities for decades to come.

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Smithsonian

A thorough look at the carbon offset industry and the positive impact that you can have by offsetting your carbon emissions and by choosing carbon-efficient travel and tourism companies.

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Responsible Travel

From guides to articles to tours, this website holds more than a decade of information to help travellers make responsible tourism choices.

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WTTC Blog

As part of building a strong tourism industry for the future, understand the myths and misconceptions about responsible and sustainable travel.

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Ethical Traveler

A resource point for travellers looking to better understand the many ways to travel with a focus on responsible and sustainable tourism practices.

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Condé Nast Traveler

From Machu Picchu to Barcelona, around the world organizations face unique sustainability challenges to protect sites of historic significance, cultural diversity, and natural beauty.

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