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David Attenborough joins Instagram

Famous naturalist David Attenborough joined Instagram for the first time yesterday, and within 24 hours he has gathered 3.2 million followers. Attenborough didn’t make an Instagram for the attention, though. He immediately posted a video with a heartfelt message warning about the dangers of climate change, with the goal of using social media to spread […]

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How to volunteer on public lands

A lot of us take our wild spaces for granted. When we need a break to recharge, most of us can take a walk or a hike in a public park nearby. For those of us near large bodies of water, we can hang out with friends by the beach, and when it comes time […]

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Environmental progress in 50 years

On April 22, 1970, the United States celebrated its first Earth Day. It was created by Wisconsin senator Gaylord Nelson to force the government and populace to pay attention to the impact humans have on the natural environment. Earth Day number one saw 20 million people, a full 10 percent of the US population, demonstrate […]

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weekly environmental wins

Sustainability projects and community efforts are underway around the world, and some are actually making big progress. That’s what this column is all about — the good news, the wins, the stuff that brings a tear to your eye and keeps that inner flame burning. For this week’s inaugural column, we look at outdoor brands. […]

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How Smart Buildings Can Help the Tourism Industry be More Responsible and Profitable

Skift Take: Travel brands should be more sustainable, responsible, and inclusive because it’s the right thing to do. But they can also improve the bottom line by taking concrete steps powered by smart building solutions that solve for all these challenges at once. — Read the Complete Story On Skift

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Italian schools teach climate change

Italy is becoming the first country in the world to require climate change and sustainable development to be taught as part of the curriculum for every grade. It will mainly be taught in civics classes but will also play a role in mathematics, physics, and geography classes. Lorenzo Fioramonti, Italy’s education minister, told Reuters, “I […]

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REI closed Black Friday for activism

For most retail businesses, Black Friday is like the Super Bowl. It’s their biggest sales day of the year, and requesting the day off can be a pretty dicey proposition for an employee. But for five years in a row, outdoor retailer REI has closed its stores, processed no online sales, and given employees a […]

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TripAdvisor CEO Welcomes More Pressure on the Travel Industry to Develop Green Practices

TripAdvisor CEO Steve Kaufer speaking on stage Wednesday, September 18, 2019, with Skift Founder and CEO Rafat Ali at Skift Global Forum in New York City. Skift Skift Take: When it comes to certain green practices and the refugee crisis, TripAdvisor CEO Steve Kaufer believes corporations and CEOs can’t sit on the sidelines and must […]

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Prince Harry Launches Sustainable Travel Initiative With TripAdvisor, Booking.com

The Duke of Sussex with representatives of TripAdvisor, Booking.com, Ctrip, Visa, Skyscanner. Travalyst/TripAdvisor Skift Take: Prince Harry is now applying his environmental activism to the industry of travel. While the efficacy of this initiative won’t be determined for a long time yet, he’s certainly succeeded in getting some big names on board. — Rosie Spinks […]

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Skift Global Forum Preview: Publicis Exec Tobaccowala Says Human Connection More Important Than Ever

Publicis Groupe Chief Growth Officer Rishad Tobaccowala. Tobaccowala will speak at Skift Global Forum in New York on September 18–19. Publicis Groupe Skift Take: Experiences are increasingly central to travel. This means travel companies should pay special attention to long-term values like relationships, authenticity, and emotional connection while also not forgetting about the bottom line. […]