Blog Action Day: Take 2!

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Earlier I posted some thoughts on Environmental change as part of Blog Action Day, and as some of you know, I also contribute to the travel blog Gadling. All day long today Gadling has focused on environmental issues, sustainable travel, and so on, with all of the writers there doing their part for Blog Action Day as well.

I wrote a completely different piece for my daily post there called The Catch-22 of Adventure Travel and the Environment, which you may find interesting as well. In that story, I talked about how the strong the lure of adventure travel is, but how we are also contributing to the downfall of the environments we visit in the process. Adventure travel is an industry that is still growing and adapting, and it is one that is on the forefront of eco-friendly travel, using the Leave No Trace principles. But sometimes, the lure of those adventures is so strong that we rush off to places that are remote, with fragile environments, possibly doing more harm than good.

Case in point. In the article I mention Kilimanjaro, a place that I have visited myself. We’ve been told that the glaciers at the top of the mountain are disappearing, and we should see them before they are gone. Because of that, many of us have flocked to the mountain in recent years, which has created very different ecological issues to deal with. In our haste to see the famous Snows of Kilimanjaro, we may be killing the mountain in other ways.

The whole crew at Gadling has some similar, interesting posts today that link the environment and travel. If this is a topic of interest to you, I highly recommend that you take a look at the stories. They are all well written, informative, and interesting and I’m proud to be a part of one of the best travel related websites on the Internet.

Kraig Becker

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