International Ecotourism Monthly
Year 4, Issue 44, Jan. 2003
Ecotourism in the Time of War.
A movement is a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals. ECOCLUB believes Ecotourism is indeed a Movement to change tourism and not a mere tourism segment or a niche, or a gimmick to receive funds, or a way to tame restless communities. Unfortunately not everyone that appears to be active within our movement are idealists. Some are in it rather for profit and self-promotion or with secret agendas. Still, the ecotourism movement should not antagonise these types, they have a role to play too - they are the predators in our ecosystem. The various factions of the ecotourism and the greater ecology & progress movement, should also avoid competing between themselves and picking up endless definitional and territorial fights -
only to swallow a camel". This is hardly the time: the world and
tourism of course, is changing to the worse. We may be going back to the middle
ages when hordes would clash endlessly for years. And beyond major
atrocities - we have already seen carnage in resorts among other
places, you see regular mindless violence in sports grounds, inner cities,
and sadly soon as it seems, live again on
CNN. In this moment, a
genuine ecotourism, part of the greater ecological movement, which constitutes a vehicle for
true interpersonal and intercultural understanding and true respect for
human rights is needed more than ever. Genuine ecotourism, be it "romantic"
or "utopian" in today's neobarbaric order of affairs is also one of the few glimmers of
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ECOCLUB.com in the News !
The Chicago Tribune (a major newspaper) in its January 12, Sunday edition, extensively reviews ECOCLUB.com and four Ecolodge Members ! Read the article here. Thank you to Black Sheep Inn for spotting !
Ecolodge Members Renew Support
New Ecolodge Members
This month, we warmly welcome two genuine Ecolodges into the club, in the order of joining:
Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa, Queensland, Australia
Domitila Private Wildlife Reserve, Nicaragua
New Expert Members
Two Ecotourism Experts have joined our Expert Member team:
* Mr Stephen Mak, based in
* Mr. Debjit Dutta,
based in Kolkata, India
ECOCLUB.com Library: New on-line Publications
Two new quality reports are available free of charge at the ECOCLUB.com Library:
Stakeholder Conflicts as a Barrier to Potential Ecotourism Development
Plan for American Samoa
New ECOCLUB.com Volunteer
Live Chat Centre
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*Cum Grano Salis: latin for "with a grain of salt", phrase appears in Gaius Plinius Secundus's "Historia Naturalis". Plinius suggested we take everything with a grain of salt...