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 Kenya there are several issues for tourists to lend their support to...
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.
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.
Hands off Kenyas children
There is a dark underbelly to tourism in Kenya where thousands of children are being subjected to sexual exploitation at the hands of foreign tourists. Kenya's coastal towns are prime targets and many children are being trafficked across the country to these areas. Campaign group Walk Free have responded by launching their campaign and petition Hands off Kenya's Children which calls on the Kenyan government to declare zero tolerance of commercial sexual exploitation of children. Read more about Walk Frees work and find out how you can help to protect Kenyas most vulnerable children from the commercial sex industry.
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 arent 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 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. Pleaseread more and support them too. Foe
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 havent. 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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