GEOG 3490 Unit 11.docx

Travel did not impact on climate change and fewer

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travel did not impact on climate change and fewer than 7% had or might offset their emissions - widespread vulnerability of many tourism destinations in the GS, especially low-lying coastal areas - wealthy tourists from the GN are able to travel and contribute to climate change, poor residents of many parts of the GS do not have the option to travel, but they must cope with the impacts of climate change Can sustainable tourism meaningfully address climate change? - according to David Weaver, sustainable tourism (new tourism) cannot en- gage effectively with climate change. He cites several reasons:
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- unpredictability of future outcomes (we don’t know where or how climate change impacts will occur) - unclear relationship between tourism and climate change (it is real, but understanding is limited) - apathetic and fickle travelling public (tourists not sufficiently committed to sustainable travel behaviours) - uncommitted tourism industry - tourism should focus on short and medium-term benefits and local sus- tainability issues - Dan Scott argues sustainable tourism must engage with climate change, noting: - a focus on destination scale ignores the full range of impacts (including transportation to/from destination) - unclear relationships mean we need more understanding and engage- ment with climate change, no less - addressing climate change is a prerequisite for sustainable development - the tourism sector needs to be prepared for both risks and opportunities associated with climate change - inconceivable for sustainable/new tourism to ignore climate change
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