Is Eco-Tourism a Contradiction in Terms?
Whenever we write about any so-called eco-lodge or resort, we get a pile of comments that flying halfway around the world to tromp through the rainforest is hardly green, and that there really is no such thing as eco-tourism. So when the Rainforest Alliance invited journalists and writers from around the world to visit projects they were working on in Ecuador, I went with a preconceived notion that there would be a fair bit of greenwashing involved.
But I quickly learned that eco-tourism has an important role to play in preserving a culture and a way of life, in the face of almost insurmountable foes: Oil and money.
Credit: Lloyd Alter