Another green world

Gorilla safari in Rwanda

I was at a local get-together for people involved in ethical businesses the other night and I met Justin Francis there – one of the co-founders of Responsible Travel. He spent an hour telling me how they do business there, which was a) very impressive, and b) really, really useful. The Ecostore is burgeoning, but it’s a very competitive world out there.

As for foreign parts, ethical or not, I’ve taken a pledge to avoid air travel wherever possible. But, like the thorny question of food miles, it’s not simple issue. If we cut out ethical tourism, are we wrecking a chance to create sustainable communities in vulnerable parts of the world like Rwanda where tourism is about the only thing that will safe the Virunga National Park? Justin thinks so.