Taiwan and Responsible Tourism

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 were doing to support responsible tourism. … Read this post >>>

New Orleans has a Gigantic Plastic Problem

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 … Read this post >>>

Responsible Schools in Korea

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 … Read this post >>>

Plastic in The News

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 weight of plastic in the oceans will … Read this post >>>

Local to Tourist Disconnect

Water Station

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 … Read this post >>>

New York

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 … Read this post >>>

Responsible Tourism in Belize, Guatemala, and The Yucatan Peninsula

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 … Read this post >>>