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Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Taiwan and Responsible Tourism

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Taiwan is an amazing country stooped in history and natural beauty. In 2014, 9.91 million visitors traveled to this small 13,974 square mile island and it continues to increase as a popular destination for tourists.   Our World Progress Now team ventured off to Taiwan to explore what they ... Read this post >>

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

New Orleans has a Gigantic Plastic Problem

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French Quarter Festival 2016

I had an opportunity to visit the Big Easy for the French Quarter Festival, in which hundreds of bands play on stages scattered around the quarter.  If you are a music lover, THIS is the event.  The music is simply amazing.  To see a city built on music transform itself into a music onslaught was a great reminder of local identity and culture.  With the good comes the bad as they say.  The festival had over 750,000 attendees (twice the number as the previous ... Read this post >>

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Responsible Schools in Korea

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Classroom pledge to #gowithoutplastic

Members of the World Progress Now team were on assignment in Asia this past March.  It was a great opportunity to research whether or not responsible tourism has in the very least a tentative infrastructure.  Asia is one of the biggest polluters of plastic in the world and we wanted to know if this kind of waste is avoidable.   In many of the past blog posts there has been a revealing yet negative tone toward ... Read this post >>

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Plastic in The News

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If you haven't read a newspaper, blog, or checked your Facebook newsfeed lately then you may have missed it.  Everyone is talking about it.  The World Economic Forum mentioned it.  It being plastic, and its impact on the oceans, landfills, our health, and the environment. By 2050 the wei ... Read this post >>

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Paradise Opens the Eyes

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The World Progress Now team took a family trip to the beautiful island of Kauai over the holidays.  Kauai is the fourth largest island of the Hawaiian Archipelago. The island’s beauty cannot be described with words; Waimea Canyon State Park is breath taking and the lush green scenery is enough to make time disappear completely.  People travel from all over the world to the Garden Island for relaxation, sun, beach, and culture. There are just over 67,000 people who permanently live on the ... Read this post >>

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Races and Hydration

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Race Day Participants

As I crossed the finish line of my first half marathon, I was greeted with smiles, bananas, gift bags, and a plastic water bottle.  I refused the plastic water bottle and the look I received from the volunteer was one of disdain.  If her eyes could speak, they would have said, "you idiot, you just ran 13.1 miles, you need to hydrate!"  I flashed a look back thinking, “No thanks, I brought my own canteen.” The vast amount of plastic created by the race was astonishing.   ... Read this post >>

Monday, January 25th, 2016

My Old School Doing the Progressive Thing!!!

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Spring Grove School in Hollister, CA

The World Progress Now team ventured off on assignment, the destination: Hollister, California.  As part of our quest we wanted to see if there was any progress in the dusty cow town that raised the co-founder and I. We had the chance to visit Spring Grove Elementary School, seven miles northeast of Hollister.  It happens to be where I went to Elementary and Middle School. As I walked up to the school after so many years, a category 5 hurricane of memories flooded my sensory net.  The ... Read this post >>

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Hometown Identity

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The World Progress Now team ventured off on assignment this past week. The destination? Our tiny, dusty, beautiful hometown of Hollister, California.  As we entered the place that raised and strengthened us into our twenties, we were propelled into a state of nostalgia. The Mountains of the Diablo range stared at us with a stern crease of the brow and in response we stared back with a sense of symbolic guilt for ever leaving behind her majestic beauty. We whisked past her gaze and onto civiliza ... Read this post >>

Monday, September 21st, 2015

#gowithoutplastic

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World Progress Now is proud to announce the launch of our first campaign to #gowithoutplastic.  We are specifically targeting single use plastic products.  This means plastic grocery bags, water bottles, soda bottles, shampoo bottles, and all other plastics that are thrown away. Tourism lends itself to convenience.  Many travelers don't want to be bothered by looking for water or using their own reusable bags.  This, however, is not responsible tourism.  Because one's use of such ite ... Read this post >>

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Hydration (Water Refilling) Stations are Gaining in Popularity

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Hydrating is an essential element of life.  How we hydrate is up for debate.  Do we get our water from our morning soda, coffee, smoothies, food, the tap or bottled water?  Over the past twenty years companies like Nestle, Coke, and Pepsi have invested in bottled water, recognizing that a growing health trend was around the corner.  With potential losses of revenue brought about by people's changing attitudes around sugar and soda, companies diversified to ensure their share of profits.  Wi ... Read this post >>

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Local to Tourist Disconnect

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There are a countless number of individuals who are environmentally responsible at home in their local communities.  They use a refillable water bottle in their daily lives and wouldn't even think about buying one time use water bottles.  For the most part this responsible local behavior does not translate to travel. Airports have started to invest in refilling stations, and although sparse and sometimes hard to find, this is a step in the right direction.  When we describe our mission as ... Read this post >>

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

New York

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New York City is a city of wonder.  The City of all Cities.  The millions of tourists that visit each year substantiate this fact.  This past scorcher (92F) of a weekend, tourists from Spain, France, Russia, England, China, Korea, Japan and many other countries were on the streets, in the stores, taking selfies, at the top of the Empire State Building, walking the Brooklyn Bridge, and waiting in line for the Statue of Liberty.  They spoke different languages, dressed differently, walked diff ... Read this post >>

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Responsible Tourism in Belize, Guatemala, and The Yucatan Peninsula

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Tikal, Guatemala

This past May, World Progress Now's cofounders (Alec and Nicole Griffin) traveled to visit friends, explore new areas of the ancient Maya world and test out the possibility of responsible tourism (not using one-time-use plastic water bottles), with the goal of learning whether or not the formation of a responsible tourism infrastructure was needed or not. The preparation for the avoidance of plastic water bottles was easy enough-two Klean Kanteen water containers and a SteriPen (ultraviolet h ... Read this post >>