Tourism is one of the world’s fastest growing industries, accounting for a sizeable one-tenth of global Gross Domestic Product and employment. With a large economic footprint, it is no surprise that countries worldwide are actively seeking expansion of their tourism industries at rapid rates for pursue mass tourism. Yet, this often results in over-tourism and comes at the expense of countries’ social responsibilities – that is, ensuring that mass tourism is environmentally-friendly and economically-inclusive, as well as socially and culturally-respectful to local communities. Given the strong profit-motive, whether mass tourism can be sustainable.
According to UN-endorsed projections, global demand for fresh water will exceed supply by 40% in 2030, due to a combination of climate change, human action and population growth. The current freshwater sources face serious pollution due to agriculture, industrial processes, untreated waste and degraded lands. Such pollution severely threatens biodiversity and causes water to be unsafe for human consumption, which experts speculate will cause severe water shortages for more than half the world’s population by 2050. It is thus more crucial than ever that countries collaborate on international efforts to protect freshwater sources and seek alternative sources for future generations
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