Vote with Your Wings: Visit the Developing World’s Top Ethical Destinations3 min read
Want to support nations that care about the environment, human rights and the global community? Check out the latest Top Ten listing as compiled by ethicaltraveler.org. (To see our report on their 2009/2010 list, click here.) Now after another round of extensive research into policies and practices that conserve natural resources and “sustain and empower local communities”, the 2011 selections are official. The chart below cites an important reason why each country made the list, but countries needed to score well in multiple categories to be recognized.
As the authors note, “Travelers today have access to far more information than we did even ten years ago. We can observe—almost in real time—the impact that smart or selfish choices, by governments and individuals, have on rainforests and reefs, cultures and communities.” With knowledge comes responsibility. We can support these efforts with our tourism dollars, and explore South and Central America, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. It’s not easy to stand out among the 200 countries of the world. As you plan your travels this year, consider putting together an itinerary that represents a recognition of the big strides these nations have taken.
|Top Ten Ethical Travel Destinations–2011 (alphabetical order)|
|*also recognized in 2010|
|Argentina*||Legislation to protect glaciers|
|Barbados||Developing a green economy|
|Chile*||Sustainable fishery and foresty|
|Costa Rica||Leader in environmental policy|
|Dominica||Strong environmental protection|
|Latvia||Low child mortality rate|
|Lithuania*||Fighting human trafficking|
|Palau||Dolphin, shark and whale sanctuary|
|Poland*||Responsible water management|
Photo by reemer.