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11 Most Spiritual Places In The World To Visit

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Spiritual places have always attracted large amounts of people. They travel thousands of miles to touch the sacred energy in the worlds most famous spiritual places. There are lots of mysterious objects all over the planet and many legends and tales link to them.

People visit spiritual places for many different reasons. Some want to understand the spiritual world better or find greater harmony within themselves. Others are seeking psychic phenomena, spiritual healing or to witness miracles with their own two eyes. In this article, we will introduce you to 11 of the most spiritual places in the world.

1. Stonehenge, England

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Stonehenge is one of the wonders of the world. It is the most famous prehistoric monument in Europe. It consists of a ring of standing stones. Each stone is around 13 feet high, 7 feet wide and weighing around 25 tons. Stonehenge is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Its location is right in the heart of the densest complex of Neolithic and bronze age monuments in England. According to scientists, Stonehenge was an Observatory, the iconic menhirs of the druids and the cemetery. There are many theories that say this place is a portal to another dimension.

2. Pyramids Of Giza, Egypt

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Pyramids of Giza are also called the Great Pyramids. It is the most famous spiritual place in Africa. Presumably, it has a connection with the constellation of Orion. Egypt’s pharaohs expected to become gods in the afterlife. To prepare for the life after death they built temples for the gods and giant pyramid tombs for themselves. They filled the pyramid tombs with all the things each ruler would need to guide himself into the next world. Translated from Greek “Pyramid” means a polyhedron. In this shape, Pharaohs imagined their “afterlife home”.

3. The Himalayas, Tibet

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The Himalayas (translated from Sanskrit as “the land of snow”) – is the highest mountain range on Earth, located in Asia. Many wise men, monks, and priests come to the Himalayas to finish their life on earth. The snow-capped peaks attract and fascinate and make it impossible to tear your eyes away. Buddhists and adherents of Hinduism consider the Himalayas a Holy place created for meditation and karma purification. There are many attractions of Tibetan Buddhists in the Himalayas, including the residence of the Dalai Lama. There are also more than 3,200 monasteries in Tibet and mosques for Tibetan Muslims.

4. Easter Island, Chile

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Easter Island is a Chilean island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. There are famous 20-meter high stone statues on this island. They are carved from compressed volcanic ash in the form of huge human heads. According to the legends of the natives, each statue contains a powerful force, which the ancestors of the first king of the island placed there. Legends say that giants were made in quarries in the center of the island and from there they “walked” by themselves to the place of their present location. Isotericians believe “island of Mysteries” is the remnants of the dead Atlantis. Helena Blavatsky wrote in her book that there once lived representatives of an unknown race, perhaps it was the Atlanteans or Lemurians.

5. Mount Shasta, USA

mount shasta imageEvery year hundreds of fans of spiritualism, occultism and other spiritual teachings arrive at Mount Shasta. The Shasta Indians believed that it is the center of the universe, bioenergy considering the vortex as the point of concentration of extraordinary cosmic power and the portal into the fifth dimension. Mount Shasta has also been a focus for the legends, centered on a hidden city of advanced beings from the lost continent of Lemuria. In 1931, Wisar Spenle Cerve wrote ‘Lemuria: the lost continent of the Pacific’ about the hidden Lemurians of Mount Shasta.

6. Fortingall Yew, Scotland

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Fortingall Yew is the oldest tree in Europe that grows in Perthshire (Scotland).The age of this tree is about 5000 years. The girth of its trunk is 18 meters. In Scotland, Fortingale Yew is considered sacred. One local legend says that Pontius Pilate was born in the shade of this tree and played there as a child.

7. Arunachala, India

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Arunachala is a sacred hill in Tamil Nadu (India). It is one of the main places for pilgrimage followers of Shaivism. According to the legend, this is where Shiva received the revelation of the highest knowledge. The temple of Lord Shiva (the Annamalaiyar Temple) is located at the base of the hill.

8. Machu Picchu, Peru

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Ancient Inca town of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is the city of ancient America. Its location is on the territory of modern Peru, 6 km from the village of Aguascalientes, on top of a ridge at an altitude of 2450 meters above sea level. Machu Picchu has the title of the wonder of the world. Some archaeologists believe that the great ruler of the Incas Pachacutec built this city as a sacred mountain shelter a century before the conquest of his Empire around 1440. It functioned until 1532 when the Spaniards invaded the territory of the Inca Empire wherein 1532, all its inhabitants mysteriously disappeared.

9. Arkaim, Russia

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Now Arkaim is an Archaeological Museum and one of the most famous spiritual places in the world. Its location is in South Ural (Chelyabinsk region) in Russia. Arkaim territory is an anomalous zone – a place of power with ‘unusual’ energy. Almost everyone who visits Arkaim can see different supernatural activities: UFOs, flashing lights, glow, foggy clots and other anomalous phenomena. In ancient times, there was the eponymous city of Arkaim. It had a ring structure oriented by stars (ancient Aryan culture attached great importance to astrology). About 4 thousand years ago the inhabitants of Arkaim left the town and burned it for an unknown reason. Most people who visit Arkaim experience hallucinations, a state of altered consciousness and even slowdown or acceleration of the physical course of time.

10. Chichen Itza, Mexico

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The city of Chichen Itza used to be one of the Mayan capitals. Its ruins are just one and a half kilometers from the Mexican town Piste in the state of Yucatan.  The most famous building of Chichen Itza is the Temple of Kukulkan. Chichen Itza consists of nine levels with an even more ancient pyramid at it’s top. Researchers managed to get into it through the holes in the floor of the lower tier and discovered an ancient Mayan sculpture, including the “Red Jaguar” with eyes carved from jade and spots on the skin.

11. Nanshan Buddhism center, China

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Nanshan Buddhism center is the largest Buddhist center in Asia. The temple complex is dedicated to the Goddess of mercy Guan Yin. The entrance to the Park is the Heavenly gate of non-duality. In Buddhist philosophy, the last step in achieving enlightenment is a symbolic passage through this gate. One of the main attractions of Nanshan Park is the temple with the gold statue of Guan Yin. The Guinness book of records listed the Golden Guan Yin as the largest Golden statue in Asia.

The Bottom Line

Visiting spiritual places has a beneficial effect on our health and gives us strength. People who have infertility, severe disease, visit these places in the hope of getting rid of their ailments. Spiritual places can remove negative energy from a person, clean our aura and give us clarity of mind. Most people notice big changes after visiting spiritual places. Some of them even say that they will never be the same after visiting these kinds of places. It’s no wonder so many spiritual gurus, yoga teachers, healers and meditation practitioners choose spiritual places for their retreats, workshops, and conferences.

Finally, I would like to say that each of us has a special place for evoking happy memories and it can be as simple as the edge of the forest, a high river road,  a three oaks meadow, or the top of the hill. I believe we can all call these special places our personal ‘spiritual places’. Spending time in these places is also very important because our positive memories and the energy of these places can inspire, heal, give us strength, peace, and harmony.

Katya Ki is the Founder of SOLANCHA Magazine, a Metaphysical Expert, a Reiki Master, and Human Rights Attorney. She has been studying Eastern metaphysics, cosmology, and esotericism for almost 20 years now. And she's still discovering new knowledge, which is hidden in ancient teachings. During her pilgrimage to the monastery of Saint Catherine in Egypt, she discovered the SOLANCHA System. This is how the SOLANCHA journey started!

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Earth Chakras: Exploring The 7 Sacred Locations

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What comes to mind when you think about chakras? If you pursue spiritual awakening, you know that our bodies have seven energy centers, the foundation of our spiritual power. Also, these energy focal points allow energy to run through them to create harmony between the physical body, mind, and spirit. However, did you know that our planet earth has its own set of chakras, viewed as sacred locations around the world? Yes, like our body chakras, seven earth chakras align us with the earth’s magnetic core.

Why Are Earth Chakras Important to Us?

Chakras are a vital aspect for anyone practicing yoga or active in pursuing their spiritual journey. The upper chakras control spirituality, while the lower chakras control materiality. They line up to facilitate the flow of our chi through the body.

In contrast, any blockage or imbalance of one or more of the chakras can cause emotional or physical illness. Attaining a spiritual awakening requires our bodies to be in harmony with the universe. In addition, knowing the earth chakras helps us connect with them either by visiting these locations or using crystals, or looking at their photos when doing yoga, or visualizing them during meditation.

The 7 Earth Chakras

#1: The Root Chakra: Mount Shasta, California, USA

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The Root chakra, also called Muladhara, is our source of stability and security. Symbolized by the lotus flower with four petals in red or pink colors, it is at the base of the spine. This chakra grounds us and gives us a solid foundation to withstand such life challenges.

Likewise, the Root chakra on earth is at Mount Shasta in California, USA. Often referred to as the Alchemy of Stability, the mountain is a dormant volcano with healing powers and a spiritual connection. Since ancient times, the Native Americans and anyone else visiting this sacred place could sense its energy as they near it.

#2: The Sacral Chakra: Lake Titicaca

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The Sacral chakra or Svadhisthana controls our sense of creativity, confidence, and desire. It has the tangential circles of the lotus flower petals in vibrant orange color for its symbol. Plus, it is associated with the water element and is located above the pubic bone and below the navel. This second primary chakra serves as the energy center for pleasure and attaining fulfillment in life.

Now, the Sacral Chakra of the earth is at Lake Titicaca on the border of Bolivia and Peru. Like the body sacral chakra, this sacred site has masculine and feminine qualities, forming the core for self-expression and creativity. As per Artisan Farmacy, Lake Titicaca may have been the birthplace of mythological royalty. Lake Titicaca is easily accessible and navigable by boat.

#3: The Solar Plexus Chakra: Uluru, Australia

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The third primary chakra is the Solar Plexus or Manipura, depicted in yellow color. Located in the upper abdomen, it controls our self-confidence, self-worth, and self-esteem. This chakra develops when we attain 15 years to 21 years.

Uluru or Ayers Rock is a massive desert rock and a World Heritage Site located in Australia. It dates back to 600 million years ago and emits powerful energy that attracts visitors each year. In turn, the rock face remains sacred to indigenous Australians, where the Anangu people hold their traditional customs.

#4: The Heart Chakra: Glastonbury & Shaftesbury, England

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The Heart Chakra or Anahata acts as the bridge between the upper and the lower chakras. Hence, it is located at the center of the chest and takes on the color green. Anahata controls our ability to give and receive love, joy, and inner peace.

Likewise, Mother Earth’s Heart Chakra is at Glastonbury and Shaftesbury in England. Like the body’s heart chakra, we associate this earth chakra with giving, forgiveness, compassion, and love.

#5: The Throat Chakra: The Great Pyramids of Giza & Mount of Olives, Egypt

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The Throat Chakra or Vishuddha is at the throat. It controls our ability to express our feelings. Consequently, if you have a blocked throat chakra, you may struggle to express your true feelings about yourself or those you love.

Similarly, the earth’s Throat Chakra is at the Great Pyramids of Giza and Mount of Olives in Egypt. It is associated with speaking and seeking the truth, self-expression, and overall communication. The site emits such powerful energies that Pharaoh Khufu honored it by building his tomb there in 4,600 B.C.

#6: The Third Eye Chakra: Currently at Glastonbury

Ajna or the Third Eye Chakra is at the center of the head, parallel to the eyebrows. It controls our perception, spiritual communication, and overall awareness. This chakra is the key to spiritual connection when you lack wisdom and insight.

Now, the universe’s third eye chakra has no permanent location. It shifts by 1/12th of the earth every 2,000 years. It is associated with attaining a deep spiritual connection, intelligence, and intuition.

#7: The Crown Chakra: Mount Kailash

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Sahasrara or the crown chakra is at the top of the head. It serves as the meeting point between our mortal bodies and the soul and universe. As the highest chakra, it controls our spiritual connections and inner and outer beauty. Through it, we can achieve our divine consciousness, enlightenment, and awareness.

In contrast, any blockage at the crown chakra causes physical imbalance and confusion. Crown chakra uses the symbol of a thousand-petaled lotus flower in violet or white colors.

Now, when you seek wisdom, divine guidance, understanding, and cosmic consciousness, visit the Crown Chakra of the earth at Mount Kailash. It is the most sacred mountain in the Himalayas, standing at 22,000 feet high. It is here that the local Tibetans and visitors connect to the spiritual power. Still, you can tap this spiritual connection by arranging Himalayas Salt Lamps, Clear Quartz crystals, or essential oils as you meditate.

Conclusion

The earth chakras are the energy reservoirs of Mother Earth. They attract pilgrims, tourists, and locals for reasons that we can’t explain. Knowing the location of the seven earth chakras is crucial in aligning our chakras to those of Mother Earth. It helps us achieve the harmony necessary for spiritual growth.

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The World’s Most Mysterious Places

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We all love a good mystery especially when Halloween is around the corner! Our beautiful planet is dotted with mysterious places that are surreal, creepy, and sometimes downright bizarre. And while many of these mysterious events have logical explanations, others persist in remaining unsolved. In this article, we want to invite you on a virtual tour from your sofa to explore the world’s most mysterious places.

The 5 World’s Most Mysterious Places

#1: Island Of The Dolls, Mexico

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It’s Barbie’s worst nightmare: dolls, dolls, everywhere, hundreds of them, hanging by wires from trees, impaled on trunks, decapitated, disemboweled, soaked in red paint, their eyes – if they haven’t been gouged out – vacant yet menacing.

This is Mexico’s La Isla de las Muñecas – the Island of the Dolls – where a tortured soul adorned the trees and bushes with dolls that have grotesquely decayed from the elements. This is one of the world’s most mysterious places.

The story of La Isla de las Muñecas is intimately entwined with the story of the island’s lonely caretaker Don Julian Santana Barrera. Local legend tells that he came across the body of a little girl drowned in a canal. Next to her floated a doll. Either haunted by the memory or, in some versions, out of guilt because he couldn’t save her life, Barrera went mad.

This was in 1951, and from that day on he created his bizarre tribute of dolls until his death in 2001.

Accessible by two-hour boat ride, the Island of Dolls fascinates and frightens. Nighttime is said to bring dolls to life as they reportedly move their arms and legs, blink, and whisper warnings.

However, not everybody is scared of this grisly collection. Many locals consider La Isla de las Muñecas a charmed place. They bring their own dolls as offerings in the hopes of blessings and miracles.

#2: Great Blue Hole, Belize

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This massive marine sinkhole off the coast of Belize is staring out from the ocean like a bright blue eyeball. It is so deep that even Jacques Cousteau never reached its bottom.

As sea level rose after the last Ice Age, a giant limestone cave collapsed and filled with water to create a watery hole more than 1,000 feet across and 400 feet deep. It is considered one of the most spectacular places in the world.

But it’s the lower reaches that fascinate scuba divers, who list this place among the must-dives. The dark caverns are filled with stalactites, formations that only occur on dry land – proving the hole’s past as a cave.

Many people wonder – what’s at the bottom of the Great Blue Hole? In December 2018, explorers including billionaire Richard Branson and Jacques Cousteau’s grandson Fabien Cousteau ventured out in a remote-piloted submarine to the floor of the sinkhole for the first time. Under the crushing weight of the water, there was no life and no oxygen – only the corpses of hermit crabs and discarded conch shells, along with stalactites and the walls of the ancient cave. They also found small pieces of plastic – evidence of litterbugs reaching the ocean’s darkest depths.

#3: Giant’s Causeway, United Kingdom

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Giant’s Causeway is definitely one of the world’s most mysterious places! To introduce you to this mysterious place, let us tell you a sleeping giant story with a geological twist.

According to Irish folklore, the columns are the remains of a causeway built by a giant. The legend tells that the Irish giant Fionn mac Cumhaill was challenged to a fight by the Scottish giant Benandonner. Fionn accepted the challenge and built the causeway across the North Channel so that the two giants could meet.

There are different versions of this story. In one version, Fionn defeats Benandonner. In another, Fionn hides from Benandonner when he realizes that his foe is much bigger than he is.

Fionn’s wife, Oonagh, disguises Fionn as a baby and tucks him in a cradle. When Benandonner sees the size of the ‘baby’, he reckons that its father, Fionn, must be a giant among giants. He flees back to Scotland in fright, destroying the causeway behind him so that Fionn would be unable to chase him down.

Some say Fionn remains a sleeping giant in the cliffs surrounding the causeway and that he and his army will rise again to protect Ireland. Locals claim that they can hear his snores echoing off the rocks.

Hexagonal basalt columns are believed to have been shaped by massive hands, but in fact are the remains of volcanic activity from about 65 million years ago.

As the lava cooled, contraction occurred and the ground cracked. The size of the columns was primarily determined by the speed at which lava cooled. The extensive fracture network produced the distinctive columns seen today. The basalts were originally part of a great volcanic plateau called the Thulean Plateau, which formed during the Paleocene.

#4: Superstition Mountains, Unites States

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A range of mountains in Arizona located to the east of the Phoenix metropolitan area is known as the Superstition Mountains.

The legend says that a German immigrant Jacob Waltz, known as The Dutchman, discovered a mother lode of gold in the Superstition Wilderness and revealed its location on his deathbed in Phoenix in 1891 to Julia Thomas, a boarding-house owner who had taken care of him for many years. Several mines have been claimed to be the actual mine that Waltz discovered, but none of those claims have been verified.

Dreamers and schemers and the plain greedy have set off on desperate quests to the Superstition Mountains, only to have their compasses stop working or their cellphones conk out, pushed back by what Apaches believe is the hole that leads to hell, expelling the hot winds that cause serious dust storms in Phoenix.

Succumbing to the brutally hot days and freezing nights, the searchers’ bones are left for the next wave of prospectors.

At least a dozen people have vanished searching for the Lost Dutchman’s Mine, dating back to 1848 when Apaches were said to have slaughtered a Mexican family that found the mine.

The most recent missing person is a 35-year-old Denver bellhop who disappeared into the mountains in 2009. His remains were found three years later.

The legends and lore of the Superstition Mountains can be experienced at the Superstition Mountain Museum on the Apache Trail where artifacts of the Lost Dutchman are on display.

Some Apaches believe that the hole leading down into the lower world, or hell, is located in the Superstition Mountains. Winds blowing from the hole are supposed to be the cause of severe dust storms in the metropolitan region.

#5: Petra, Jordan

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Petra is the hidden city with cliff-carved monuments located in Jordan. This spectacular sandstone city was built in the 3rd century BC by the Nabataeans, who carved palaces, temples, tombs, storerooms and stables from the soft stone cliffs. 

About 2,000 years ago, Petra had a peak population of 30,000 people, sustained in the dry months by an advanced water system pipes, canals, and cisterns. For a time under Roman rule after 106 A.D., Petra became even grander, until Palmyra, in modern-day Syria, siphoned trade away and an earthquake devastated the city.

Petra became a “lost city” after its decline, its location a closely held secret by Bedouins seeking to protect the riches they believe were stashed in the tombs.

Petra was forgotten to outsiders until the rediscovery by 19th-century adventurers. Now Petra is considered to be one of the Seven New Wonders of the World.

“We have uncovered just 15 percent of the city,” archeologist Zeidoun Al-Muheisen of Jordan’s Yarmouk University told National Geographic. “The vast majority – 85 percent – is still underground and untouched.”

Visitors today can see varying blends of Nabataean and Greco-Roman architectural styles in the city’s tombs, many of which were looted by thieves and their treasures thus lost.

The Bottom Line

In addition to these 5 mysteries there are countless more that exist in the world and the greater universe we live in. Humanity’s understanding of the natural world and the greater universe is constantly evolving with modern day science. What was mysterious yesterday eventually is replaced with knowledge and understanding of today. While one layer may be revealed and understood the universe always seems to surprise us with additional unfolding layers of mystery and this is where the modern day scientist and mystic meet.

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Brilliant Ways To Practice Ecotourism And Sustainable Tourism

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If you are an ecotourism enthusiast, you must have noticed a radical shift in both government and corporate approaches in how they generate revenue from the tourism sector. Gone are the days when all the focus was on bringing in the tourists and ripping to the fullest without giving back to the planet. Now, companies are held accountable for the impact their operations have on the ecosystem.

With a fragile ecosystem at hand, a small imbalance can have massive ripple effects on the world at large. Typical examples are global warming and plastic pollution of the oceans. Hence the new approach to tourism called eco-tourism and sustainable tourism.

In this article, I will define in detail what eco-tourism and sustainable tourism are all about. We will review its origin. And evaluate how governments, corporates, and individuals are embracing it in the 21st century.

Definition

I would define ecotourism as the responsible travel to places that conserve our natural environment and consequently improve the local people’s well-being. How often do you do that?

The core principles of ecotourism and sustainable tourism revolve around the travel industry adopting environmentally friendly practices. It also entails protecting the natural and cultural heritage of a destination. And supporting local communities. Similarly, the income generated through ecotourism remains in that destination. This differs from mass tourism where most of the money made goes to large transnational companies.

An Example

Therefore, a typical eco-tourist would visit the Smoky Mountains, a National Park in North Carolina. Use a local tour guide to navigate his way around the park. Hire a tent and pay for a few extras like a bush barbeque or a belly dance. He will also participate in a lesson with the local community kids the next day. And possibly donate to the local children’s home.

A nature-based tourist, on the other hand, will travel to the same place using his own guide. He will have no particular interest in eco-friendly accommodation. He will also not engage the local community whatsoever unless for his own benefit.

In A Nut Shell: Eco-Tourism versus Sustainable Tourism

Sustainable tourism focuses on prioritizing local traditions, natural resources, and residents. However, eco-tourism is a subtype of sustainable tourism with a clear focus on rural and wilderness areas.

A Little History

Ecotourism traces its roots to 1901 with the launch of the Sierra Club’s Outing Program. It was an initiative to take hikers to Spain’s Sierra Nevada’s mountains. The aim was getting the hikers actively involved in the preservation of the forests.

Fast forward to the 70’s and 80’s when the most influential Mexican NGO doing conservation work was founded. Still in the 80’s, Megan Epler Wood, filmed a documentary called “The Environmental Tourist”. She was a young wildlife biologist working for World Wildlife Fund. This was the first film to shed light on how tourism could contribute to the conservation of natural resources and local well-being.

Afterwards, there have been other countless ecotourism icons including:

  • Thomas Lovejoy, also known as the godfather of biodiversity
  • Russell Mittermeier, currently the president of Conservation International
  • And Jeff Greenwald, the founder of Ethical Traveller

These sustainable tourism pioneers undertook many initiatives including animal welfare, carbon offsets, travel philanthropy, and rising concerns about human trafficking and child sexual abuse.

How Are We Embracing Sustainable Tourism?

We can promote sustainable tourism and ecotourism in four ways:

  1. Conservation

Governments implementing legislation:

The UK’s Environmental Protection Act 1990, for example, sets out fundamental structures for waste management and control of emissions to the environment. Australia’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 provides a legal framework that conserves Australia’s biodiversity. This is achieved by controlling the international movement of wildlife.

Such acts streamline environmental assessment. They also protect the world and national heritage. And promote ecologically sustainable developments. If you’re a leader, explain the importance of adhering to such acts in your area of jurisdiction.

Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives:

Lego’s Build the Change and Sustainable Materials Center is an initiative that partners with World Wildlife Fund to push for sustainability. Several Peace for Conservation movements focus on tackling human-wildlife conflict. They engage and connect with local communities to raise awareness and promote ownership and action. They also undertake various ecotourism fun activities for youth. This gives the youth a platform to have their voice heard, therefore, supporting the next generation of conservationists. Are you a member of any of these movements?

Individuals Conservation Campaigns:

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Take part in the Green Belt Movement by planting two trees where one is cut. If you’re too shy to walk around with a watering can and shovels, join a local tree planting initiative near you. Other than making an impact on our environment, you will interact with like-minded people and learn new things.

  1. Education

The government is continually sensitizing people and making them aware of the issues surrounding different environments. However, I believe responsibility is a personal choice that we make. Corporates too have developed conservation education programs for local schools. They provide naturalists, interpretative guides, and guest lecturers to assist travelers in understanding their travel experiences better. As a tourist, you can educate yourself about the vital eco-systems of the destinations you are visiting through guidebooks and travel articles.

  1. Traveler Responsibility

As a traveler, I have embarked on responsible traveling. I choose a travel agent based on their eco principles and practices. By following a vegan lifestyle, I also desist from poaching. I also take into consideration the reduction of carbon footprint when using air travel, bringing back valuable gifts like clothing and distributing them through the local elders and not directly to vulnerable children who may develop the habit of begging.

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During my stay, I conserve limited natural resources and support organizations and societies that follow eco-principles. These are things you could also start practicing. If all the tourists in the world would do the same, the world would be a better place for both humans and animals. Don’t you think so?

  1. Active Community Participation

Through community-based tourism, locals open up their homes and communities to visitors seeking sustainably achieved cultural, educational, recreational travel experiences.

Community participation may take different forms including:

  • Reducing encroachment of human activities to protected natural wildlife habitats
  • Training the locals to open up businesses that fuel their local economic development
  • At the same time, minimizing adverse impacts on flora and fauna (eco-friendly lodges, souvenir shops, and guides)
  • Reporting any illegal extraction of resources or poaching activities to the local authorities

Conclusion

It is no longer business as usual. Natural and cultural resources are the current drivers of international tourism. Companies falling short of the ‘ecoresort’ tag risk losing profitability. On the other hand, governments planning for ecotourism will require greater coordination between natural resource stakeholders and the service delivery arms of the tourism industry. It is only through such continued initiatives that the world will win against the race in preserving our endangered wildlife. What are you doing to drive sustainable tourism in your locality?

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