BGTW Talks Travel: Sustainability in travel media – In conversation with Jeremy Smith

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The BGTW is intending to sign the Glasgow Declaration: Climate Action in Tourism but what does that mean? How does being sustainable translate into what we do in travel publishing, as travel media? Jeremy Smith, co-creator of the declaration, will explain what it’s all about and will help us focus on what we can do rather than can’t, in this free-to-attend Q&A with the BGTW’s Sustainability Director, Diana Jarvis. This free-to-attend webinar aired on Tuesday 19th July 2022; watch the recording by adding it your basket.

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This free-to-attend webinar aired on Tuesday 19th July 2022; you can watch the recording by adding it your basket.

Q&A with sustainable tourism expert, Jeremy Smith | Interviewed by BGTW Sustainability Director Diana Jarvis

When: Tuesday 19th July 2022
4pm-5pm BST on Zoom
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The BGTW is intending to sign the Glasgow Declaration: Climate Action in Tourism. But what does that really mean? How does that affect what we do in travel publishing? Sustainable tourism expert Jeremy Smith, co-creator of the Declaration, will explain what it’s all about and will help us focus on what we can do rather than can’t.

What is the Glasgow Declaration? It’s a set of climate action plans with a timeframe in which to achieve them. They will be declared publicly and reported on annually so that progress can be monitored. We would be signing as a supporting organisation along with the likes of Condé Nast Taveller and TTG, as well as our Australian counterpart, the ASTW, among many others. Our quest is to develop plan that plays a role in supporting the industry in the five ways: Measure, Decarbonise, Regenerate, Collaborate and Finance.

Sustainability in an industry that has been heavily reliant on carbon-intensive air travel; now it’s about embracing the complexity and making little changes that can lead to bigger ripples. Jeremy will explain the many ways in which we can still share our love of exploring the world and communicate that to our audiences, but while also paying heed to the needs of the growing climate crisis.

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Jeremy Smith, co-founder, Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency
Jeremy Smith is a writer and strategist for climate action in tourism. In 2020, he co-founded Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency, a global initiative calling on tourism destinations and businesses to work together on equitable science-based climate action. In 2021, he was a co-author of the UNWTO-led Glasgow Declaration: Climate Action in Tourism., which launched at COP26 in Glasgow. The author of the books Transforming Travel – realising the potential of sustainable tourism and Clean Breaks – 500 New Ways to See the World, he advises destinations and businesses in sustainable tourism strategy, and sits on the advisory boards of the Future of Tourism Coalition and Travalyst.
Twitter: @jmcsmith

Interviewed by:
Diana Jarvis – BGTW Sustainability Director, photographer and writer
With an MSc in Environment & Sustainability, undertaken during the pandemic, in which she focussed on sustainability in travel, Diana Jarvis is the BGTW’s Sustainability Director. A freelance photographer and writer, she currently works full-time for the National Trust on the web team and also edits Eye for the Light from Travel Photographer of the Year.
Twitter: @diana_jarvis
Instagram: @Diana_Jarvis

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