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 Peru there are several issues for tourists to lend their support to...
Children Are Not Tourist Attractions
Visiting orphanages in countries such as Cambodia or Thailand, and many more, has become a worryingly normal part of a tourist's itinerary. They have been cleverly interwoven between visits to ancient temples, the beach or a river trip. The problem is two fold, however. First, as supported by this very important campaign led by Childsafe, 'Children are not tourist attractions' and second, false orphanages are being created to make money out of children who have families to care for them. Read more about Childsafe's work and support their campaign, if just to take note of one statistic alone: approximately 8 million children are in institutions worldwide. Eighty per cent of them have families to care for them.
Orphanage volunteering
Volunteer travel can be an incredible force for good, but only when such vacations adhere to strict guidelines. Guidelines we have asked all our volunteering vacation organisations to sign up to. One of the most stringent relates to volunteering with vulnerable children and, specifically, in orphanages. First, only trained professionals should volunteer in such positions. Second, they should commit to volunteering for at least a month. And third, volunteers should be police checked and organisations must adhere to child protection procedures. So if you are tempted to fly in and ‘hug an orphan’ in Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and many more, think again. Worst case scenario, some of these children aren’t even orphans. Best case scenario, you get a sweet Snapchat shot. Orphanage volunteering should never be about the traveler. But always about the children.
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
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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