A few years ago, I interviewed Meigo Mark – a European traveller who was on a mission to walk 40,075 kilometres. Why? Because it is the total length of the equator. His journey took him from his home in Estonia to many countries including India. I remember asking him if it was hard to wake up each day to walk. He had said, “Walking feels like the mission of the heart, mind and spirit.” I have looked at the simple act of walking very differently since.
As per United Nations Environment, more than 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced since the early 1950s; 60% of which ends up in landfills or natural environment. While there are studies are being conducted, government schemes being designed and development interventions implemented, what is missing are small but proactive actions and lifestyle changes by individuals like you and me. Continue reading “My New Year Resolution That Promotes A More Sustainable Lifestyle”
Corbett National Park attracts more than 2 lakh visitors each year, and the highlight of every conversation around it has always been the sighting of the Royal Bengal Tiger. Our partner writer explores the many more interesting facets of the park that you must not miss out on your next visit!
The Indian government’s decision to limit the total number of domestic tourists to 40,000 a day inside the Taj Mahal has led to conflicted emotions across the world. Do we need a special privilege to visit our own cultural heritage? The question that needs to be highlighted is a much bigger one. Continue reading “India’s First Step Towards Regulating Tourist Traffic Is Under The Scanner, But Why?”
As an aid worker, the journey to a workstation can be perilous. Work is stressful and heart-wrenching. Amid all this, the ability to marvel at fellow human beings and celebrate the natural beauty of the most offbeat locations can be the best reward. Continue reading “A Page From A Humanitarian Response Officer’s Diary: The Nepal Earthquake 2015”
As the world faces more frequent and severe disasters, humanitarian workers find themselves busier everyday – facilitating and implementing humanitarian responses in disaster affected communities across the globe. As a humanitarian professional, I too have had the opportunity to travel across India and Nepal over the last nine years – contributing to communities and experiencing local cultures, although quite differently from other responsible travellers. Continue reading “Do Humanitarian Responders Qualify As Responsible Travellers?”
What do you understand by sustainable development? Simply put, it signifies an inclusive development that is achieved without creating adverse effects for the future – development without infringing human rights, without depleting our natural resources and without harming the eco-system. Continue reading “Adopting Sustainable Tourism Policies”