Harvard Extension SchoolPublished on Jul 22, 2013
Tourism is one of the largest global industries. The number of people traveling annually is expected to double from 2010 to 2020. Of course, any trip anyone takes in the world has an environmental impact. Jenny Attiyeh talks with Megan Epler Wood, a leading authority on sustainable tourism, about the steps we need to take to reduce the environmental impact of tourism. This includes everything from locally-made biodegradable soap sold on the Inca Trail to development of and financial reinvestment in popular destinations like the coral reefs of Ambergris Caye in Belize. Megan Epler Wood, an instructor at Harvard Extension School, teaches the online-option course Environmental Management of International Tourism Development, http://www.extension.harvard.edu/cour…. Epler Wood is the founder of the International Ecotourism Society, the first NGO in the world to be dedicated to sustainable development of tourism. She is also the principal of EplerWood International, a sustainable tourism development firm. Faculty Insights are produced in partnership with ThoughtCast, www.thoughtcast.org.