Economic policies and ideals slow down and impede

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Economic policies and ideals slow down and impede true ecotourism practices for the sake of profit. As long as profit is the main goal, which it has been and will be for a long time running, conservation efforts will be slowed down or hurt. There is a natural competitiveness in human beings and although this is not true for everyone, the larger majority measure success with profit. If there is ever to be a change in how people measure themselves, it will not come suddenly, but be a slow process. Ecotourism is the best compromise for now. Ecotourism combines the luxury of travel and tourism, economic structures, and ecological conservation. It encourages responsible and sustainable tourism while generating jobs within conservation efforts as well as local markets (Honey, Impact of Tourism Related Development on the Pacific Coast). Local markets are especially important since 50% of Costa Ricans work within the informal market. Although truly sustainable practices are much more extreme than ecotourism, ecotourism is a start to changing our view of life and how we use our resources. It is a good compromise to
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begin our journey to sustainable living. Often times, truly sustainable practices include removing oneself from society and starting a new life. “Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something that precedes the individual. Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to, and therefore does not partake of society, is either a beast or a god” (Aristotle). Enduring change comes slowly but surely and ecotourism provides an opportunity to start somewhere that will hopefully lead to a better lifestyle if people work together to fulfill our duties as citizens of the earth.
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