Full datetime event:New York — Wednesday, August 18, 2021From 12:00 pm to 1:00 pmLos Angeles — Wednesday, August 18, 2021From 9:00 am to 10:00 amLondon — Wednesday, August 18, 2021From 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmAthens — Wednesday, August 18, 2021From 7:00 pm to 8:00 pmSingapore — Thursday, August 19, 2021From 12:00 am to 1:00 amSydney — Thursday, August 19, 2021From 2:00 am to 3:00 am
Are you concerned about the environmental and social impact of your trips and yet unsure of what you can do?
Join O'Shannon Burns, Ecosystem Steward at Regenerative Travel and Program Director at Eplerwood International, to explore what sustainability means for travel and tourism, and how we can embrace ideas of regeneration to ensure we contribute positively to the places we travel.
O'Shannon will explore some of the top environmental and social issues in travel and offer frameworks for how we can shift our mindset and planning to increase our positive social and environmental impact.
Although travel and tourism face big challenges:
- air travel's contributions to climate change
- a lack of community resilience and inclusion highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic
- overtourism impacts
- animal welfare concerns
With a little planning and by embracing our power to make positive change in local communities through our travels, we can all travel better!
Throughout, O'Shannon will share about some of her own experiences working alongside hotels and tour operators on their sustainability and community initiatives.
O’SHANNON BURNS is a Washington, DC-based sustainability consultant with deep experience shaping mission-driven businesses and embedding regenerative principles into operations with a focus on travel, tourism, climate action, and conservation. Her work is driven by the belief that travel can transform our understanding of the world (and ourselves), build community, and help to create a more sustainable, equitable, and resilient planet.
O'Shannon serves as Ecosystem Steward at Regenerative Travel where she works together with 50 hotel owners and managers to realize their vision of social and environmental impact by co-creating a vibrant ecosystem where properties can learn, engage each other, and discover opportunities for greater sustainability and regeneration. O'Shannon also works as a consultant for Eplerwood International and has focused on capacity building for the sustainable management of tourism destinations, investment in sustainable tourism models, and frameworks for the recovery and resilience of destinations in Southeast Asia and Canada.
Previously, she spent a decade at National Geographic — first administering grant programs for explorers, scientists, and storytellers at the Society, National Geographic’s global non-profit organization committed to exploring and protecting the planet, and then overseeing a number of programs for National Geographic Expeditions. While there, she was appointed as an internal sustainability leader and expert, and embedded sustainable tourism ethos and principles into the brand's travel business.
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