sustainable travel

Tourism makes up 8% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.
The once expansive and ancient forests of Borneo have been brought to the brink.
The Bali I dreamed of growing up was not the Bali that exists today--all thanks to the careless acts of tourists.
Sustainability is here to stay. It's been one of the biggest travel trends in recent times, and the UN has even declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism. Galvanized, an increasing number of hotels, restaurants and destinations are taking action to help make tourism better for everyone. So, with sustainable travel firmly in mind, we've sorted the eco-wheat from the chaff to showcase some of the best sustainable experiences across the world right now.
With so many iconic historic ruins and world wonders, it can be easy for Jordan's immense nature reserves to fly under the radar. But from desert to mountain, wetland to forest, Jordan is leading the way for the eco-conscious traveller with its beautiful and diverse range of landscapes and community-benefiting experiences, all under the protection of the Royal Society of the Conservation of Nature (more affectionately known as the RSCN). So, with the big focus on sustainable travel for 2017, we're shining a light on the best reserves and eco-chic stays in Jordan.
It's tempting to take refuge in the 'ecotourism' label - even though the agencies that offer 'ecotourism' experiences might not always be as environmentally motivated as they claim. Here are a five tips on how to keep sustainability in mind on your trip and make it more than just a buzzword...
Over the next 10 years, pupil numbers are going to increase. The walk to school is in long-term decline and it would impact greatly on future generations if something so vital to the health of our children became a thing of the past.
Today two children will deliver a 20,000 signature petition to number ten Downing Street. Sinead Bourne, aged 10, and six-year old Khadijah Jahan, will also hand over a large pile of letters from school children across the country asking David Cameron to make their walk to school safer and easier.
It may not be the most glamorous of subjects, but making green choices this holiday season is high on the agenda for many of us and certainly makes that first piña colada even more enjoyable. With that in mind, I've gathered some eco-insight and tips to make 2013's trip the most sustainable yet!
I'm sitting on a boat, with the sizzling sun beating down on me. The temperature is about 26˚C and the sea water gleaming. A group of ten people on board are darting back and forth, declaring their amazement at the adventure we've just been on.