On today’s episode, Heather Park sits down with Guilherme Rosales to discuss unsustainable tourism practices associated with mass marine and ecotourism. They discuss the problem of ocean plastics pollution, and the destruction of fragile marine environments like coral reefs. Listen for their insights on what individuals as tourists, as well as national governments, can do moving forward to make environmental protection a more prime consideration in the tourism industry.
Heather Park is a Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs student at the University of British Columbia. With a background in Political Studies from Queen’s University, she is currently interested in political and economic challenges associated with making global tourism more environmentally sustainable. Her passion for environmental policy work stems from her love of the ocean and mountains. She hopes to contribute to their protection and preservation through environmental consulting work on the social and economic development of marine and coastal areas.
Guilherme Rosales is a Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs student at the University of British Columbia. He has been a wildland firefighter with the BC Wildfire Service for the past five years, a community organizer coordinating neighbourhood block parties from 2011 to 2015 in the Oakridge neighbourhood area of Vancouver, as well as a labour activist and advocate with CUPE 15 and the BCGEU.