Seeing the World and Saving the Planet: Pollution and Sustainability

10:10 - 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 21, 2022
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Environmental sustainability may seem like a problem for science or government to solve as its causes are complexly chemical, physical, political, and economic. Small gestures by individuals may seem like drops in the ocean. We may be even less likely to consider our footprint when we engage in travel and certain activities. Tourism pollution can damage the environment, use or exploit natural resources, and negatively impact the local communities who depend on tourism for their economic well-being. As local and global solutions are needed, what types of collaborative solutions are necessary to address noise, light, air, water, land, and soil pollution? As some destinations strive to reinvent themselves in terms of planet protection, what can be done to improve life for residents while still allowing travelers to see the world? How can local officials, the tourism industry, and others collaborate to reduce environmental issues impacting the world? Can we—personally and collectively— balance a life of sustainably with economic realities?

Host: Dr. Ron Malega     Q&A Moderator: Dr. Albert Barreda


Market Intelligence Analyst Roberta Atzori

Roberta Atzori

Market Intelligence Analyst
Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau, Florida

Foreign Service Officer Madeline Reising Bennett

Madeline Reising Bennett

Foreign Service Officer
United States Department of State

Visiting Professor, Crans Montana, Switzerland Nancy Landrum

Nancy Landrum

Visiting Professor, Crans Montana, Switzerland
Les Roches Global Hospitality Education

Professor, Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality Mgmt Willy Legrand

Willy Legrand

Professor, Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality Mgmt
IU Int'l University of Applied Science [Germany]