Tourism, like any other economic sector, contributes to climate change through carbon emissions. The sector has a lot to lose from unsustainable practices, though. And this can have a serious impact on local and national economies and people’s livelihoods.
Tourism is one of the most important economic sectors. It contributes an average of about 10% to global gross domestic product and employs millions of young people and women across the world.
The first global tourism carbon emissions estimate report was released in 2005. Since then, there’s been a growing demand for the industry to reduce its carbon footprint. Tourism contributes about 5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. To address this, the World Travel and Tourism Council has committed to cutting back 50% of its emissions by 2035 relative to 2005 levels.
My study looked at one of Africa’s most famous tourism sites, Victoria Falls, also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, located