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Eco Tourism for Baby-Boomers

 

According to EcoTourism.org, “Ecotourism is now defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education” (TIES, 2015).  Education is meant to be inclusive of both staff and guests. Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel.

Eco Tourism is about minimizing the environmental and social impacts to the traveler and the host location. One has an opportunity to learn more about the culture and environment in the community they are visiting.

 

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Eco-Tourists learning about local plants in Hawaii

(Source – Hawaii Magazine)

 

When I read the sociological work, The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World by sociologist Paul H. Ray and psychologist Sherry Ruth Anderson I totally identified with so much of what they found. From their study, the researchers claim that about 25% of the American population could be classed as Cultural Creatives. It seems to me that a lot of Baby-Boomers would fit this Cultural Creatives personality and values. I definitely fit the mould.

Under the umbrella of this core group of Cultural Creatives is a sub-group called Green Cultural Creatives. This is the group that would most be interested in Eco-Tourism.

Ray and Anderson created a questionnaire to identify “Cultural Creatives” in Western society. The below characteristics were identified as qualities of a “Cultural Creative”. I’ve chosen to only post the list of qualities most in alignment with the ‘Green Cultural Creatives who are most likely to be the Eco-Tourists.

 

  • Love of nature and deep caring about its preservation, and its natural balance.
  • strong awareness of the planet-wide issues like climate change and poverty and a desire to see more action on them
  • being active themselves
  • willingness to pay higher taxes or spend more money for goods if that money went to improving the environment
  • emphasize the importance of helping others and developing their unique gifts
  • volunteer with one or more good causes
  • desire equality for women and men in business, life and politics
  • concern and support of the well-being of all women and children
  • support spending more money on education, community development programs, and the support of a more ecologically sustainable future
  • optimism towards the future
  • involved in creating a new and better way of life
  • concerned with big business and the means they use to generate profits, including destroying the environment and exploiting poorer countries
  • dislike the emphasis of modern cultures on “making it” and “success”, on consuming and making money
  • like people, places and things that are different or exotic

 

Are you a Cultural Creative? Have you gone on any Eco-Tourism experiences? Where did you go? What did you do? Leave your comments in the box below.

 

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