Ecotourism Quotes

As a traveler both in the United States and around the world, there’s one thing that’s becoming more important to me, our environment.  Travel has and always will be an important pursuit for me, but I’m starting to see more and more how it affects our world.  After seeing photos of beaches filled with pollution and garbage after nights of partying or learning about how out decisions affect cultures during our travels, I’m finding travel is influencing me to realize how important it is to respect the people and the world around us.  I’m not perfect when it comes to sustainability, and no one is, but having set small steps towards sustainable goals have encouraged me to think about travel differently.  After joining the International Ecotourism Society, I’m interested in taking on other opportunities for ecotourism, but what exactly is ecotourism?  The International Ecotourism Society defines it as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of local people, and involves interpretation and education.”  To see what I mean, here are a few quotes to inspire you to travel with ecotourism in mind:

Ballard Locks Flowers

Flowers near Ballard Locks in Seattle, Washington.

“Let every individual and institution now think and act as a responsible trustee of Earth, seeking choices in ecology, economics and ethics that will provide a sustainable future, eliminate pollution, poverty and violence, awaken the wonder of life and foster peaceful progress in the human adventure.” – John McConnell, founder of International Earth Day

“Peasant people … don’t have a chance to share in the riches that the planet can offer because some people are taking off so much of the pleasures of this world, and there’s only so much to go around.” – Sister Dorothy Stang, an eco-activist nun from Dayton, Ohio, who in 2005 was murdered in the Brazilian Amazon

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou

“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

Multnomah Falls Oregon

Multnomah Falls near Portland, Oregon.

“It wasn’t just the beauty of seeing these magnificent animals in their natural habitat that moved me.  It was the passion with which the park rangers and guides spoke of preserving this incredible gift for generations to come, and the way locals spoke of ecotourism as their hope for a better and brighter economic future.”Green Global Travel

“At Gardens by the Bay, I felt the future – and it’s more beautiful that what I have ever expected. A future that is not just flashing lights and cutting-edge extravaganzas. A future in which humankind has understood that ‘eco-friendly’, ‘carbon footprint’ and ‘sustainability’ are not just buzzwords for press releases to convince the public that ‘we are doing the right thing’.The Crowded Planet from their blog post “Finding Nature in Singapore.”

Cajas National Park

Cajas National Park near Cuenca, Ecuador.

“Step outside into nature for a minute. You can hear her breathe, feel her light kiss on your skin. She’s so beautiful; every single part of her is breathtaking. This is why you travel, is it not? To try to see as much of her as you can before she takes you away and turns you into a memory. But by seeing more and more of her you are essentially causing her more and more harm. Aeroplanes tare through her layers, wheels crush her fragile hairs. Don’t you want to preserve her and keep her looking fresh and alive? Responsible tourism is something that all dedicated travellers should be thinking about. Strive to leave a minimal negative impact on her and she will give tirelessly, endlessly.”Castaway with Crystal from her blog post “How to be a Green Traveller.”

From these quotes, I hope you can see how much our actions affect not only the environment but also the local cultures we visit.  This year as I’m planning on more international and local travel, I’m beginning to think more about my footprint, and not just because I’m a sustainable and ethical fashion blogger who’s looking for a great pair of boots for fall and winter.  The sites I see today or in the future I hope more generations can experience and enjoy, and the steps I can turn into daily habits will make all the difference in what’s next for our planet.

How do you think we can preserve the environment and culture while traveling?  What steps will you take to reduce your wear on nature and local cultures?

Additional Resources: Ecosalon and Postconsumers.

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23 Comments

  1. Hi Brooke,
    I’ve not had the privilege of traveling much, but I do remember stumbling on a waterfall in Oklahoma during our honeymoon. It was the most amazing thing to see. I’m so happy for you that you are able to travel. I hope to do some traveling myself someday, too. I’d love to know what your favorite destinations are in America.

    Thank you for dropping by Harvest Lane Cottage. Here’s my reply to your comment about my winter bucket list.
    “Hello Brooke,
    It’s hard to beat a good bowl of chili isn’t it? I’ll be over to visit you at your blog in a few minutes.”

    Thanks for “talking back”. Do you know that your comments come through to my email as a “no reply blogger”? If you’d like to get direct responses to your comments more often, you might like to know how to change that. I wrote about it in this blog post.

    http://harvestlanecottage.blogspot.com/2015/01/are-you-no-reply-blogger.html

    If you’re like me, you don’t have time to go back and check on other blogs to see if you’ve gotten a response to your comment. I sometimes can take time to track down commenters, but I’m usually short on time.

    ஐღLauraღஐ
    Blessings,
    Laura

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Hello Laura,
      I wasn’t aware that I am a no-reply blogger, so thank you for bringing it to my attention. Unfortunately I am not on Blogger or Google+ to fix the problem, so I’ve asked the writer in the blog post you mentioned for more details. I’ll also Google it to see if there’s more information.

      Thanks for stopping by and giving me advice!

  2. ladyfi

    Wonderful shots and quotes.

  3. samselim

    We are big on responsible travel and doing our bit to tread lightly on this beautiful planet we inhabit 🙂 We try and not fly, we usually do road trips, train journeys, we carry our own bottles of water and refil rather than buy plastic, we try and buy local produce and gifts when we travel to other countries, and of course we are big on national parks, wildlife conservation and NEVER go to the likes of Seaworld! There are many ways one can be a responsible traveller and you have captured some lovely quotes and ways one can do that #mondaymotivation

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Looks like you’re taking great steps to be mindful of how you treat the world! Wonderful to see more travelers taking responsible steps.

  4. laurenonlocation

    I love these quotes! A few of them are already down as favorites! It really is so important to remember how much tourism affects the world. It can be really sad to see a once beautifully natural place completely changed and destroyed by tourism. It’s a hard balance, because I would love to see as much of the world as possible, but it’s people like me who are bringing on this change. Awesome post Brooke. Thanks for sharing!

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Thanks Lauren! I’m so glad you enjoyed my post and I hope more people can travel with respect to our world as they explore it!

  5. Claudia Willison| ImagesByCW

    I love the quotes and pictures and more so the fact that you are at least trying to be traveling more eco-friendly. I love to travel, too, however these days with the relatively few vacation days we have in the US, travels are very limited.

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Hi Claudia,
      I’m glad I could inspire you and I wish we had more travel days in the U.S.! I think we would all benefit from having more time to explore.

  6. Tales of Two

    Such a great initiative to take! It reminds me of an article I read lately on how the recent increase of volunteering in various south american countries by tourists is resulting in a new industry. Poor families are forced to give up their kids so they can be kept in an orphanage for the benefit of volunteers and the money they bring!

    http://www.talesoftwoblog.blogspot.com.au

    • brooklyntvlasich

      The orphanages you mentioned also remind me of another situation I read about in Cambodia with the same unfortunate circumstances. Although it sounds like a great volunteer opportunity, make sure you do research to ensure it’s helping people out. Great insights, thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience!

  7. Tamar

    I hope to travel more and really see the world.

  8. mytravelmonkey

    Fantastic quotes and thought-provoking. Sometimes we need to be reminded of such things. I like Maya Angelou one very much. Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes we love having you – could you please add our badge next time 🙂 thank you

    • mytravelmonkey

      Also could you please ignore me! I am blind and tired this morning… Apologies you already have! I am getting my comments mixed up! Have a good weekend 🙂

      • brooklyntvlasich

        Not a problem. I’m glad you brought it to my attention so I could double check!

    • brooklyntvlasich

      I’m always happy to be a part of #MondayEscapes! I’m glad you enjoyed these unique and thoughtful quotes.

  9. kim

    Great tips and points. We all have to pitch in!

  10. Pinay Flying High

    Being responsible travelers, that’s such a rare thing these days isn’t it? I always try to be one specially when it comes to eating – local produce only! It tastes better anyway. 🙂

    • brooklyntvlasich

      I agree! Local is the best way to go when it comes to produce and food!

  11. Amila

    I really love these quotes.And the photos are really beautiful and show how beautiful the nature around us is…

    • brooklyntvlasich

      I hope more people realize the importance of preserving natural beauty and I’m glad I could inspire you.

  12. I have not traveled all that much but I have lived for a long period of time in two countries and it is from this experience that I can tell how vastly differently we treat our earth. In Greece where I am now, we have no respect for the environment at all. You would be surprised at how much garbage washes up on our shores and to think that we are killing off our fishing livelihood with these actions. I especially like Gustave Flaubert’s quote. The more I see of the world the smaller I feel. As it should be. Thank you Brooke for providing us with much to think about.

    • brooklyntvlasich

      I appreciate your thoughtful and insightful words. It’s interesting to see how some countries treat the Earth, some respect it and others don’t think twice. It’s unfortunate so much trash washes up on Greece shores, and it makes me sad to think about how it’s killing off the fish. I hope there will be an answer soon and that people realize how precious our world is. Mother Nature has been responding lately with severe and strange weather throughout the world, I hope we listen!

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