On December 3 at 6 pm, the online conference “towards fair and low-carbon tourism” will take place, co-organized by the Fundación Transición Verde, the Green European Foundation and La Casa Encendida.
Tourism is one of the main engines of the Spanish economy, but the current Covid-19 crisis has shown the fragility of the sector and has led Spain to question to what extent we should continue to depend on tourism in such a high economic percentage . A new rethinking of economic activity is necessary to make tourism a resilient sector in the face of new economic, health and climatic crises and, for this, an ecological transition is necessary.
Tourism is also a sector that not only produces serious climatic and environmental impacts, but these, in turn, negatively affect it. The scarcity of water, the decrease in climatic comfort, the loss of beaches or the increase in extreme meteorological phenomena are some of the effects of climate warming with direct consequences on tourism activity and that can seriously compromise its viability.
It is about taking advantage of the lessons that the pandemic has given us to rethink a paradigm shift, the shift towards a fair and low-carbon tourism model that is prepared to face the great climatic, economic and social challenges of our time. and that is sustainable in the long term.
Aurora Pedro Bueno, director at the University of Valencia of the Interuniversity Chair of New Green Transition, made up of the 5 Valencian public universities, will participate in the conference. Pedro has a PhD in Economics, is Professor of the Department of Applied Economics of the University of Valencia and Consultant of the World Tourism Organization. Javier Benayas, professor of Ecology at the Autonomous University of Madrid, member of the Advisory Council of the Spanish Network for Sustainable Development and councilor for Urban Planning and Sustainability of Soto del Real will debate with her; Karima Delli, French MEP of the Greens / EFA in the European Parliament, as well as president of the Transport and Tourism Commission and member of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and of the Monetary Affairs Committee.
The conference will be moderated by Rosa Tristán, environmental and science outreach journalist, and simultaneous Spanish-English translation will be available.