Does global warming make it ethical to travel?

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Does global warming make it ethical to travel?

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Does global warming make it ethical to travel? -- This question will be reviewed in the Ethical Travel Dialogue, June 13-July 21, 2006.
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Rapidly rising oil and gas prices and repeated warnings on the likely severity of climate change are increasingly underscored by recent news events. There can be no doubt that the twinned issues, both rooted in our historic relationship to energy sources and uses, will redefine virtually every aspect of our lives.
The reliance of the airline and tourism industry on oil means this industry will probably be the first to be affected. Already, high oil prices are causing fuel surcharges on air tickets and in the US a number of airlines are close to bankruptcy. Potentially, over time, international air travel and tourism will contract.
Of course we can

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Post by Rosie »

Hi STIreland

All that you say is true and will come about one day. However, in the meantime we have to remember that many nations, particularly small island economies, such as those in the Caribbean, are almost completely reliant on tourism revenue for income. Decline in air transport might very well be an economic disaster for the people who live there.

Perhaps now it is time also for governments to realise that tourism will not always be the bountiful economic and political stabiliser that has bailed many economies out over the last 50 years. The problem here is that small developing nations have no stake in the global market place other than tourism.

I have no answers but feel that this point needs to be made.

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A few news stories from the Guardian have covered the environmental impact of airline transportation:

Flights of fancy - Leo Hickman/Guardian
http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/leo ... t_199.html

How could planes be less damaging? - Leon Hickman/Guardian
http://travel.guardian.co.uk/ecotourism ... 06,00.html

Is it OK to fly? - Leon Hickman/Guardian
http://travel.guardian.co.uk/ecotourism ... 07,00.html

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