According to Merriam Webster dictionary, being eco-conscious is marked by showing concern for our environment. FreeDictionary.com defines conservation as the protection, management, or restoration of wildlife and of natural resources such as forests, soil, and water. Wildark.com/our-story tells of a team of individuals who are concerned about the dangers the world’s wild faces.
Wild Ark was founded by Mark and Sophia Hutchinson and is a team of passionate conservationist committed to educating people about the wild, and working to ensure that our planet is protected for future generations.
The “green belt” or “greenbelt” is a policy and land use designation used in planning the use of land to retain areas of undeveloped wild or agricultural land surrounding or neighboring urban areas. Wild Ark’s mission is to secure and protect portions of the greenbelt worldwide and create research and experience opportunities in order for people to reconnect with nature and become inspired to protect it.
There are many eco-friendly vacation destinations where one can explore and indulge knowing that you are not ruining the environment. For example:
* Costa Rica- In Costa Rica one can swim with the sea turtles, learn about coffee, cocoa, and banana production. Costa Rica has rich natural beauty and incredible wildlife and plants. It’s known for its eco-consciousboutique hotels. It has been said that Costa Rica is the birthplace of eco-tourism in Latin America.
* The Galapagos Islands are another eco-conscious/conservation centered destination. The Island, over 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, are primarily designated as national parks (approximately 90%), meaning that their fragile ecosystem are protected from damage, in part, by restricting the amount of visitors allowed onto the Islands as well as by encouraging tour operators to recycle and conserve water and energy. The Islands offer the best snorkeling in the world.
* Peru is rich in culture and has many species of floral and fauna. Machu Picchu is Peru’s tourist attraction. Of Peru’s 25,000+ species of plants, 30% of them cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The country’s local chefs cultivate lesser known ingredients and research protect their heritage.
* New Zealand has everything from glaciers, to volcanoes and tropical forests. 20% of the country is natural parks which protects their landscapes from damage from mass tourism. Because of the water, visitors have the opportunity to watch the whales and the dolphins.
These are just some of the more well known, eco-conscious destinations worldwide. Conservation of land, small villages, and wildlife is a growing trend. Destinations such as these offer stunning landscapes and sceneries, but also work hard on efforts of conservation