137.25

The number of species that might have been wiped out today on planet Earth.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead

Tourism establishments, operators and associated industries worldwide, have a substantial impact on our planet, and have played their role in the destruction of the natural environment, indeed continue to do so. The signs are all around us, sometimes so obvious and familiar that we no longer see them.

Its known as the sixth mass extinction, and we are going through it right now.

The rapid loss of species we are seeing today is estimated by experts to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate. i.e the rate of species extinctions that would occur if we humans were not around. (WWF) –  That’s a pretty broad range of estimate and the numbers of species that we co-exist with is debatable, about 1.4 – 1.8 million have been identified, but at its horrific best it means we lose 1 species every two days, and at worst 275.

For many of us, water simply flows from a faucet, and we think little about it beyond this point of contact. We have lost a sense of respect for the wild river, for the complex workings of a wetland, for the intricate web of life that water supports.  – Sandra Postel

Adventure travel operations and the suppliers contracted to a packaged program have a particular responsibility to protect their natural surroundings, the very things they depend upon for success, clean air, safe water, abundant wildlife, and beautiful scenery. It’s a vast topic, too complex to cover in simple narrative, but throughout this site you will find posts, quotes and links to the Environmental Planning, Nature Conservation, Water Management, Energy Management, and Waste Management issues that form part of Environmentally responsible travel.