Welcome to the 20th edition of eXist the monthly e-bulletin of SUNx Malta.
‘Plan B’ for Climate Friendly Travel – Learning from the Lessons of Maui
THERE IS NO PLANET ‘B’.
are all travellers on spaceship earth, speeding towards an increasingly
harsh future of agonizing heat, incessant forest fires, stronger
hurricanes & floods - creating food & water shortages, &
millions of climate refugees. Hell -fire on Maui is a harsh reminder. So
too, disasters in Canada, China, Greece, Spain, Switzerland, Japan
& South Korea.
ARE WE DELUSIONAL?
we somehow believe this is temporary: fixed by the globally
choreographed net zero 2050 pathways & enroute waypoints: fed by
personal carbon budgets, questionable offsets & magic future
technology. Much of it curated in corporate board rooms, mega
consultant & PR agencies. Legitimised in well-coordinated annual
conferences, live-streamed worldwide onto mobile phones and daily news
a sector, tourism leadership has enthusiastically embraced this
scenario. Organization after organization has tripped over themselves to
take the pledge & carry on as close to business as usual as they can get away with. For the most part airports, airlines, cruises, hotels and booking systems are on board. Yet,
if current planetary weather patterns continue as today, they will be
facing radically changed operating conditions and tourism patterns in
the next decade - covering products, seasons, traffic flows visitor and
resident needs, as well as transformed cost and revenue streams.
TIME TO ACT
in 2029 in a mad scramble for 2030 targets or 2049 in a last gasp
U-turn for 2050 but in 2023 for a measured precautionary action to ‘bend
our trend’ (a call SUNx Malta has been making since 2019,) and peak emissions by 2025 as called for by the IPCC
So SUNx Malta is again calling on all tourism stakeholders to establish a Plan B & urgently deal with the need to adapt and abate.
To respond to intensifying weather extremes & to start serious ghg
reduction now, peak in 2025, half by 2030 and hit Zero by 2050. We make
this call for our Kids
PLAN B - A PLAN OUR KIDS
kids are on the front line of climate protests: in courts fighting fuel
companies: demanding States fulfil international obligations They are
calling us to account. We see 4 key questions to answer in responding:
Do we agreewith Climate Scientist Michael Mann (The Hockey Stick) that this is the best year we have with the climate crisis – it can only get worse.
Do we agree that our world must act to support the IPCC call for GHG emissions to peak in 2025, if we are to meet the Paris 1.5 targets
Do we agree that Tourism has to play a full partin this transformation and communities and companies must act now.
Do we agree that there needs to be an Amendment tothe 2021 Glasgow Declaration, to incorporate the 2022 IPCC call.
At SUNx Malta we know the right answer to these questions is YES.
We believe like Aristotle, with a lever & place to stand, you can
move the earth. Helping Tourism help our Kids, is where we stand:
Climate Friendly Travel is our lever.
be clear, we don’t suggest that Tourism must stop growing on 31st
December 2025. But we are convinced that with good planning now we can
deliver massive ithoughtful change for a distinctly different operating
paradigm with Climate Friendly Travel a big part of it – for
communities, companies & consumers.
expect to hear that some sectors, particularly aviation, have special
characteristics that make this impossible for society to exist without
their continued growth – so we should examine this rationale against the
survival of our grandkids. As realists we understand the big
organizations have pinned their flags to the Net Zero 2030/2050 mast We
will argue for a radical rethink.
sure we will call on airports individually to cap flight operations
unless they get the SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel) that will allow
aviation growth, and contain emissions. Some airports may even agree
that the cap will help them move customers through security, with as
much efficiency as through duty free.
are looking to use the power of the internet to stimulate exchanges and
help build support over the next 2 years. We will advocate and
campaign ceaselessly. Because we are doing it for our kids and grandkids
will look out for the world’s poorest countries and Small Island States
– those least responsible for Climate melt down, but often the most at
risk. Where Tourism really is an economic and development lifeline. They
need special quotas & guarantees of SAF for Climate Justice. We
will unwaveringly champion their cause. Our Climate Friendly Travel
Chapters, Champions & Club will be the activist cohort and we will
reach out to likeminded thinkers to fuel a global movement that will
truly make tourism a champion for the future we need.
SUNx Malta Extreme Weather Watch
Enjoy our latest PODCAST Eduardo Santander PhD, Executive Director ETC
Join Ged Brown in his 20th Podcast here - this time with Dr Eduardo Santander, the widely respected CEO of the European Travel Commission – one of our SDG 17 Partners .
And learn about the challenges and the fun of heading up Europe’s major
Tourism body, grouping the National Tourism Organizations of 35
Or click here to discover more of Ged’s
trailblazing chats with companies who have signed on to the Free Climate
Friendly Travel Registry and hear how they are developing their
Climate Action Plans. Get inspired by the commitment to change.
50FREE CFT Diploma Scholarships For SIDS and other Developing States
Thanks to Malta’s Ministry of Tourism and the Institute for Tourism Studies, SUNx Malta, will again offer 50 Scholarships
- one for each of the 39 SIDS (Small Island Developing States) and 11
other developing countries from around the world for our 2023 online two
-year Climate Friendly Travel Diploma.
The Diploma is a world first and trains students to support Travel &
Tourism companies and communities in becoming sustainable and climate
resilient; by Adapting to Extreme Weather and understanding how to
achieve Zero GHG emissions by 2050.
The CFT Diploma trains students to help to build
Climate Friendly Travel Communities - preparing them for jobs in
Sustainable Transport, Hospitality, Destination Management or Government
There are 300 hours of online learning, with some of the leading
academic and industry experts in the world, followed by a 12 month
internship as a Strong Climate Champion and National Chapter Leader.
The ideal candidate will be a graduate, with a firm grounding in Travel
& Tourism and have fluent English. They must be able to commit to
two years of online engagement and be ready to work with us to help
build and/or advance a Climate Friendly Travel chapter in their country.
10 x 500 Euro Awards will be given for the best 500-word “thought paper” on: - “Why is the Earth Charter more relevant today than when it was introduced by Maurice Strong and Michael Gorbachev in 2005 - especially for tourism in Least Developing Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS)”
has been designed to draw attention to the important sustainability
messages contained in the Earth Charter, as well as the vision of the
late Maurice Strong and its increasing relevance in today’s Climate
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