Our white paper on Circular Economy and Tourism is included in the UNWTO One Planet vision for a responsible recovery of the Tourism sector.
#CircularEconomy. How the arts have a vital role to play helping nature culture thrive.
For this planet, this nature culture, to thrive post-Covid; we need to live in greater harmony with nature and with one another. We can’t tackle the ecological challenges we face, without working collectively to tackle the range of social challenges which also exist; such as poverty, inequality, prejudice and alienation.
How can we restore and regenerate natural systems when many families live in relative food deserts or where processed convenience food is more affordable than local and organic?
How can we make progress if a social supermarket set-up to help tackle such challenges gets robbed and ransacked one night in an area with a high crime rate?
What happens if a community centre set-up to connect and empower local people gets closed down due to funding cuts, or new arrivals to a community feel alienated and afraid to go out at night or work cross-community to solve common challenges?
Travel & tourism was the first industry to be heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Restarting this industry will have an important role in the post COVID-19 global economic recovery.
To guide a sustainable development of the industry post COVID-19, this publication (co-authored by Stefan F. Einarsson and Fabriec Sorin ) introduces Circular Economy key principles and concepts in the context of travel & tourism.
The report suggests using the Circular Economy as a conceptual framework to inspire a more resilient, sustainable and future proof industry transition.
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After years of steady growth in tourism consumption, the travel and tourism industry has been brought to an almost complete standstill as a result of the COVID19 pandemic, associated social-distancing measures and widespread travel restrictions.
The music stopped playing altogether, everywhere, and at the same time.
Amidst the immediate business challenges of day-to-day survival, travel and tourism stakeholders across the world are now asking themselves: What will the industry look like after the COVID crisis? Will things ever be the same again? When will people be comfortable and able to travel again? How will their behaviour change? How do we restart tourism post-COVID19? No one really knows, and the only certainty at the moment appears to be uncertainty.
Earlier this autumn, one Friday evening in Beijing; partygoers gathered in a converted factory space and could be seen tossing waste courier cardboard boxes and plastic packaging into a wall-like open cage structure. Whilst some discarded the detritus of previous online purchases, others stood by taking selfies. Throughout the evening, guests literally built a ‘wall-of-rubbish’; creating a crowd-sourced art installation, intended to raise awareness around the growing issue of municipal solid waste.
Accra, the capital city of Ghana, in West Africa, has a particularly pungent waste problem. In the bustling metropolis, 65 per cent of the 2,385 tonnes of waste produced daily is organic materials. When this waste is dumped in landfill, it often decomposes anaerobically (without oxygen) releasing methane, a greenhouse gas ten times more harmful than CO2.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been described as “the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all” by 2030 . The seventeen goals and associated 169 targets are increasingly being adopted by both public and private sector actors across the globe, as a framework for organising and pursuing sustainability initiatives.
When I was a kid I spent a lot of time at my grandparent’s place. I would eat lunch there and spend evenings after school. They raised me in the way they lived and taught me to use everything on hand. My grandmother would darn my torn trousers and use the leftovers so as not to waste food.
The basic version of the Tesla model 3 mid-scale sedan electric car for our age is here for the sticker price of 35 000 USD (45 000 EUR), before government incentives.
Over the last decade, China’s rapid economic growth hasn’t gone unnoticed and neither has the nation’s similar sharp rise in car ownership.
To accelerate the built environment and construction industry’s uptake of the circular economy, we can begin by highlighting and publicising the construction industry’s closest circular project examples that seem to (unintentionally) utilise recommended circularity principles and frameworks. The Ellen McArthur Foundation’s (EMF’s) Toolkit for Policy Makers has an easy-to-follow ReSOLVE (REgenerate, Share, Optimise, Loop, Virtualise, Exchange) framework.
At its roots, the Circular Economy is an intuitive way to see the world, founded on billions of years of refinement from the world’s most highly evolved technology
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