At Uneasy no settle we campaign for change in the tourism industry on issues that we are passionate about. We do this because we want to help protect our favourite places, cultures and wildlife from unethical practices and irresponsible tourism. We want to create a more caring tourism industry. Over recent years we've formed relationships with activists, local communities, NGOs and people who think differently about tourism - they bring the issues to our attention if we don't spot them first.
With regards to New Zealand there are several issues for tourists to lend their support to...
Animal welfare
Just look at the name of the world’s leading animal welfare charity to get the picture. Born Free. Because when we remember that wild animals are born free, it doesn’t take long to realise that when they are used in tourism, they are far from it. Although they may look ‘healthy and happy’, wild animals should never be forced to interact with humans. Dolphins or orcas in tanks, tigers in chains, people riding elephants or hugging lion cubs more often than not involve wild animalsbeing coerced or mistreated. As are many more domesticated animals, such as at rodeos. And in some cases, just watching whales or swimming with dolphins in the wild can restrict their freedom too, when handled irresponsibly. Read more about our animal welfare stance.
Banning Microbeads in Household Products

We have all been guilty of that pre-vacation retail therapy splurge, hitting the beauty product aisles to stock up on a plethora of pampering paraphernalia. However, we always encourage our responsible travelers to buy locally when they can, buy eco friendly products as well as not taking too much packaging. We are also supporting Greenpeace's campaign to ban the microbead, those silly bits of plastic that are pumped into many popular creams and pastes, as they have such a devastating effect on the marine environment. The UK has agreed to ban some products, but not all. So, please support the campaign for a total ban, and don't buy the ones that are still on our shelves, nor on any other country's shelves.

Banning Microbeads in Household Products

We have all been guilty of that pre-vacation retail therapy splurge, hitting the beauty product aisles to stock up on a plethora of pampering paraphernalia. However, we always encourage our responsible travelers to buy locally when they can, buy eco friendly products as well as not taking too much packaging. We are also supporting Greenpeace's campaign to ban the microbead, those silly bits of plastic that are pumped into many popular creams and pastes, as they have such a devastating effect on the marine environment. The UK has agreed to ban some products, but not all. So, please support the campaign for a total ban, and don't buy the ones that are still on our shelves, nor on any other country's shelves.

Basecamp, securing a wildlife corridor in Kenya
The Mara Naboisho Conservancy in Kenya was set up by Basecamp Explorer and partners to protect and conserve wildlife by working in partnership with local communities. Finding its borders under threat from fencing and land grabbing, the team now aim to extend the Conservancy through their Coming Together Campaign which is looking to secure a wildlife corridor connecting the Mara Naboisho Conservancy to the Masai Mara National Reserve. The corridor is vital for wildlife to move unimpeded between the conservancy and the national reserve in search of food and water. Read more about what you can do to help here.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage boycott, Sri Lanka
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, a very popular tourist attraction in the Kegalle District of Sri Lanka, may only be about 90km from its capital, but it is very far from the concept of what an orphanage is meant to be. Because although Pinnawala purports to rescue elephants, it is actually involved in breeding them for entertainment and profit making purposes. At Uneasy no settle, following advice from our tour operators on the ground as well as that of leading conservation charity Born Free, we have decided not to support this tourist attraction. Elephants have to be placated to ‘perform’, which involves the use of chains and bull hooks causing them unnecessary pain. In 2008 we took the decision to remove all trips that included Pinnawala and asked our suppliers to consider Sri Lanka’s more ethical Elephant Transit Home instead.
Save Polands Bialowieza Forest
Białowieża, which spans parts of Poland and Belarus, is one of the largest remaining tracts of the ancient forest which once covered northeastern Europe. A designated UNESCO site, some of the oldest woodland here has been untouched by humans for over eight centuries, and it is habitat to around 900 wild bison. Astonishingly, the Polish government has now sanctioned logging in Białowieża Forest – defying bans by UNESCO and the European Court of Justice, and tripling the amount of logging allowed. Read more about how to save Polands Białowieża Forest
Save River Aventino
Uneasy no settle member, Stewart Holland, runs one of our popular accommodations in Italy and is campaigning to protect the local River Aventino from the development of a hydro-electric dam. He believes the dam has the potential to destroy the local eco system. Here we chat to Stewart about the background to this campaign and he asks for our urgent help. Read more about how to save River Aventino
Save Skadar Lake
Skadar Lake National Park in Montenegro is the largest wetland habitat in the Balkans and home to some of Europe’s rarest birds, including the Dalmation Pelican. Home to an estimated 281 species of birds, 48 species of fish, 50 species of mammals, numerous amphibians, reptiles and insects, the lake and untouched rocky shores, islets, marshlands, willow forests, open waters and miles of floating vegetation were added to the World List of Internationally Important Wetlands, held by Ramsar, in 1996 in recognition of its enormous value as an aquatic habitat. Read more about how to save Skadar Lake
Say NO to orca circuses and captive whales and dolphins
There are so many wonderful opportunities to see dolphins and whales, also known as cetaceans, in the wild now, it still astounds us at Uneasy no settle that anyone would want to see them in captivity. Driven by our beliefs that such magnificent creatures should never be enclosed for entertainment purposes, we led a campaign and petition to stop orcas being kept in captivity. And activism works, because in March 2016 Seaworld announced that it is to end its orca breeding programme and circus-style orca performances. Meanwhile cetaceans are still being kept in captivity around the world in order to entertain us. Apart from the cruelty involved in capturing them for dolphinariums, their restricted lifestyle is something we believe to be fundamentally wrong.
Stop Dirty Dams in the Amazon
The Amazon River is the largest river in the world and is home to many distinct cultures, indigenous communities, ecosystems and wildlife. Its rivers and forests are fundamental to global climate stability. However, large dams in the Amazon are among the biggest drivers of environmental destruction and human rights abuses in Brazil today. Communities live with the constant threat of dams being constructed in this region with dire consequences. Destroying ancient forest habitats and biodiversity through flooding and deforestation, dams displace thousands of traditional communities who have lived there for generations. Large dams in the tropics emit huge amounts of methane. Once free-flowing rivers are impeded, debris and silt collects, churning out potent greenhouse gases in the process. Amazon Watch campaigns tirelessly to end this threat. We talk to Christian Poirier, the Program Director at Amazon Watch. Read more about the campaign to stop dirty dams in the Amazon
Stop the bird slaughter in Malta
Every Spring and Autumn, thousands of birds migrate between Europe and their wintering grounds in Africa, with the Maltese Islands a crucial stopover for food and rest before or after facing the arduous task of crossing the Sahara Desert. And every Spring and Autumn, to tie in with the birds’ arrivals Malta opens a hunting season targeting birds en-route to or from their breeding grounds. Among these birds are species rapidly disappearing in the UK, including the threatened Turtle Dove, as well as larger raptors and birds of prey such as the rare Montagu’s Harrier and Marsh Harrier. While rare species are protected in the Maltese Islands, many are illegally shot each year during the hunting seasons. Read more on how to stop the bird slaughter in Malta
Stop the ivory trade
It seems totally shocking that elephants are still being poached illegally for their ivory. Especially given the fact there was a worldwide ban on the sale of ivory in In 1989. This global embargo is due to end in 2017, and new terms are to be negotiated at the all important Convention on International Trade in International Species (Cites) conference in 2016. One shocking fact in the run up to this is that the EU is, at present, NOT supporting a continuation of the worldwide ban. So, watch this space and in the meantime, we support the pioneering work of Born Free and their campaign Bloody Ivory, working tirelessly all over the world to stop the supply and demand of ivory. Forever. Wherever. Whenever. Please read more and support them too. Foe
Tiger Temple boycott, Thailand
The Tiger Temple is a Buddhist Monastery otherwise known as Wat Pa Luangta Bua Yannasampanno Forest in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, and home to over 160 tigers kept and bred in captivity. No more than a bad zoo, with limited capacity or expert care, don’t let the word ‘temple’ instill any false sense of animal welfare, as tigers are holed up and chained up for nothing more than entertainment purposes. Not only cruel, there are extreme safety concerns here as tigers have direct contact with tourists who can walk them, pose for photos with them, kiss them, hug them, and even put their children on their backs. On so many levels, Tiger Temple is wrong and for this reason we ask tourists and tour operators to boycott it as it undergoes international and national investigation.
Why are there no wildlife vacations in England?
England is a nation of animal lovers, after all. We love our pets, we spend hours watching nature documentaries, and most of us would leap at the chance to take a safari in Africa, or spot bison in Poland. But when it comes to our native wildlife, things get more complicated. Anything from wild boar to beavers have everyone – the public, landowners, farmers and the government – up in arms. We can’t seem to agree on the role of our wildlife. Opportunity or threat? Harmless or harmful? At Uneasy no settle, we sell plenty of wildlife vacations in Scotland, but wildlife vacations in England just don’t exist. Why? Read more about England's wildlife
Wildlife. Not Entertainers
Experiencing local wildlife whilst on vacation can be both a memorable and enjoyable part of our time away. We encounter many animals abroad that we wouldn’t necessarily see in our home countries. However, too often there may be a world of exploitation and cruelty that exists behind the scenes for many of these animals involved in the tourism industry. These issues may go unnoticed to the traveler. Not for much longer, hopes World Animal Protection. Their campaign: ‘Wildlife. Not Entertainers’ aims to raise awareness around the truths of the animal entertainment industry in tourism. We speak to Alyx Elliott, Head of Campaigns at World Animal Protection to find out more.
Educating travelers about responsible tourism
Travelers are becoming more and more aware of the impacts their vacations can have in the world, compared with even ten years ago when so many people turned a blind eye to bad ways simply because we think that we all deserve a break. At Uneasy no settle we try to educate rather than lecture. With tips that how easily we can turn negative impacts to positive ones, engage with communities not just stay within gated ones, understand conservation not just tick off safari sightings, think local and think slow. While still enjoying vacations of a lifetime in places that need us to give a little something back too.
Had enough of mass tourism
We run many campaigns at Uneasy no settle, but Had Enough, which we ran in 2004, emanated from research that showed nearly three quarters of travelers we interviewed had had enough of destruction caused by mass tourism. The campaign sought to persuade the likes of Thomas Cook and Thomson Particular to publish responsible tourism policies - which they did very shortly after our campaign launched. Since then, some of the big tourism companies have improved, but many haven’t. For example, almost 90 percent of all inclusive vacation sales stay in the UK, water consumption in tourism in drought ridden countries is unethical, coastlines are destroyed, villagers displaced, families forced into poverty and children into sex tourism. It is not a pretty picture. Which is why, at Uneasy no settle, we still campaign for change. Read more about our campaign
Support our call for redirecting Air Passenger Duty to fund electric airplane technology
The UK Government raises £3bn a year from taxation of flights - a tax called Air Passenger Duty. Despite initially saying this was an 'environmental' tax the Government has never given any information about how the money is spent.

Although tourism faces many challenges in becoming more sustainable, by far the biggest is the carbon emissions caused by burning aviation fuel, kerosene.

We are calling on the UK Government Government to commit a substantial sum from this existing tax revenue to invest in the R&D required to deliver electric powered technology for commercial aviation.
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