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CREST Films


Caribbean Green Travel: Your Choices Make a Difference (to be released Spring 2016)

Tourism is the world’s largest service industry and the main source of income for many developing countries with limited resources, including the islands of the Caribbean. However, large-scale tourism damages the environment, depletes valuable limited resources, and tourist dollars end up in the hands of foreign hoteliers and companies — instead of supporting the host country’s economy. 

Not all tourism is like this! The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) has partnered with award-winning filmmakers Esther Figueroa, Ph.D., of Vagabond Media (cinematographer & field director) and Richard Krantz of Pilot Productions (editor and co-producer) to create a documentary that features creative, successful approaches to coastal tourism in the Caribbean. "Innovating the Caribbean" will feature several businesses from four Caribbean islands - Aruba, Grenada, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic - that are leading the movement toward sustainable tourism. Rather than constructing unsustainable resorts, these island escapes are built in ways that are more integrated with and beneficial to local communities and the native landscape.

To date, there has been no independent documentary about positive innovations and trends in coastal tourism. This film is a critical step toward building “tourism literacy,” public understanding about the environmental and economic damages experienced by host countries from large-scale, conventional tourism. With this film, we can educate travelers about eco-friendly vacation alternatives that give back to local communities. While we're getting the final cut read for you, check out the trailer:

Trailer, Caribbean 'Green' Travel: Your Choices Make a Difference from Richard Krantz on Vimeo.

 


The Goose with the Golden Eggs: Tourism on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast
(34 min., 2013)


This educational video, examines the impacts of large-scale resort and vacation home developments along Costa Rica's Pacific Coast, as well as cruise ship arrivals in the port city of Puntarenas. Through interviews with community members, goverment and park officials, tourism guides and hoteliers, activists and experts, the film portrays the challenges coastal communities are facing over water, beach access, land ownership, protection of mangroves, and other issues. It compares the costs and benefits of large-scale resort tourism with models of sustainable coastal tourism in Manuel Antonio and small-scale ecotourism in the Osa Peninsula. This new, updated edition features commentaries by Margarita Penon, Costa Rica's highly respected former first lady and member of parliament, who highlights the choices facing Costa Ricans over whether to pursue high volume or high value tourism, particularly in the Osa Peninsula.

To order a copy of the DVD for $15 + shipping, e-mail shogenson@responsibletravel.org
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Travelers' Philanthropy: Giving Time, Talent, & Treasure (36 min., 2011)

This CREST produced film examines the challenges inherent in successful philanthropic projects, showcases a few successful examples of travel philanthropy, and includes interviews with travelers' philanthropy experts from Central America to East Africa. To learn more about this film click here.


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To order a copy of the DVD for $15 + shipping, e-mail shogenson@responsibletravel.org.


2010 Innovators Symposium

Sylvia Earle was a keynote speaker at the 2010 Innovators Symposium. January 21, 2010.  
Dr. Earle is a world renowned oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer.  She is a National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence, Leader of the Sustainable Seas Expeditions, Founder and Chairman of Deep Search Foundation, and was formerly the Chief Scientist of NOAA.
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David Orr  was a keynote speaker at the 2010 Innovators Symposium. January 22, 2010.

David Orr is Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College. He is the recipient of six honorary degrees and other awards including The Millenium Leadership Award from Global Green.
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Chris Blackwell speaks about tourism at the 2010 Innovators Symposium. January 21, 2010

Blackwell is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and owner of Island Outpost hotels.




2009 New York City: Why Responsible Travel Matters.  June 16, 2009

WNYC host Brian Lehrer interviewed CREST's Martha Honey and Bill Durham on responsible travel.




Thinking About How You Travel.  June 16, 2009

WNYC host Brian Lehrer interviewed CREST's Martha Honey and Bill Durham on responsible travel.




Understanding the Terms.  June 16, 2009

WNYC host Brian Lehrer interviewed CREST's Martha Honey and Bill Durham on responsible travel.




2008 Travelers' Philanthropy Conference

Wangari Maathai was a keynote speaker at the 2008 Travelers' Philanthropy Conference. December 3-5, 2008

Dr. Wangari Maathai is a Nobel Peace Prize winner and the founder of Kenya’s Green Belt Movement.
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David Western was a keynote speaker at the 2008 Travelers' Philanthropy Conference.  December 3-5, 2008

David Western is chairman of the African Conservation Centre. Click here to learn more about the conference.