Eco-Pledging to Protect the Planet

THE IDEA

  • An environmental pledge to encourage eco-friendly tourist activity.
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WHY IT MATTERS

  • While tourism can bring many economic advantages and employment
    opportunities, it also puts a lot of pressure on the environment.
  • Unrestrained tourism can lead to natural habitat loss, increased pollution,
    soil erosion, and more.
  • Leaving garbage on the beach, anchoring boats to coral, trampling reef while
    playing in the water, and feeding marine life all have a negative impact on the environment.
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As the wrath of winter arrives you can’t help but dream of warmer days spent on sandy white beaches or swimming with turtles in stunning turquoise water, right?

Well the tiny Republic of Palau, located halfway between Australia and Japan, has all that to offer, and more! With hundreds of small islands featuring crystal clear waters, abundant sea life, and world-class diving, it’s no wonder tourists flock there by the thousands each year. However, in order to enjoy all this beauty, you must first sign an eco-pledge.

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The Eco-pledge, also known as the Palau Pledge, is stamped onto visitors’ passports upon arrival and must be signed. The agreement, which is dedicated to the children of Palau, starts with the verse “I take this pledge as your guest, to preserve and protect your beautiful and unique island home” and continues with “tread lightly, act kindly and explore mindfully”. In addition to the pledge, visitors are required to watch an in-flight video educating them on the dos and don’ts, and their environmental responsibility while visiting the island nation.

WHAT’S NEXT

The people of Palau are optimistic the pledge will ensure their youth inherit the
same natural resources that have existed in the country for thousands of
generations.

GO DEEPER: 

Learn more about the pledge here.
 

WHAT DO YOU THINK?