“Last chance tourism” is like a death kiss for the planet “

Tribune. Due to the pandemic, long-distance travel is currently beyond the reach of new forms of tourism aimed at conquering the entire planet. «Dgive meaning to travel ”, “We reconnect our passengers with nature”, “Promote while protecting a great site”, “Enter the most secret places”and so on.

When borders reopen, streams recover, and we can travel again near or far, it will be important to place our tourism practices in an increasingly densely populated, densely populated planetary context. Cruel global warming by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) makes a more exciting observation.

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The tourist attractions we already have at our disposal offer extreme diversity in all environments, near or far: let’s be wise to enjoy it. Under the pretext of spreading environmental ideas and increasing interest in nature, it seems completely unreasonable to want to integrate the last uninhabited areas of the planet into our tourist cycle.

This is the “last trench tourism” – the melting of sea ice, the loss of habitat of polar bears, and so on. – It is like a kiss of death, who shamelessly uses the warning of climate change.

Great game fishing parties

These are still examples of attacks on wildlife proliferating in cold or tropical seas. Tourism in Antarctica was growing rapidly until 2019 – a guide A lonely planet This is the seventh edition dedicated to the continent! -, so-called reconnaissance and / or expedition cruises in the Arctic Ocean using the summer retreat of sea ice are also on the rise.

In 2018, a shipping company specializing in high-end, so-called “reconnaissance” cruises began lobbying in New Caledonia to bring bird-lovers to the Chesterfield Atoll in the Coral Sea. This isolated, uninhabited atol is currently visited only by poachers, long-distance fishermen and a few tourists from Vietnam who have access to large-scale fishing. According to Philip Borsa, research director of the Research Development Institute, it is about him “One of the last rocks and islands in the tropical ocean, almost undamaged by sea turtles and seabirds.”

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