Setting up personal guidelines for travel can help travelers support the places they visit. In being cognizant of policies and the resources readily available on ethical travel, we can promote environmental sustainability and community development.

"You see, taking care of the planet is nothing special, nothing sacred, and nothing holy. It is something like taking care of our own house. We have no other planet or house except this one. Although there are a lot of disturbances and problems, this is our only alternative."

— The Dalai Lama

On Monday, I separated single-use coffee pods to minimize waste with a special guest; instructions to do so can be found here (Nan not included).

On Monday, I separated single-use coffee pods to minimize waste with a special guest; instructions to do so can be found here (Nan not included).

"Most people can be led only where they want to go."

— Thomas E. Cronin and Michael A. Genovese (2012, p. 20)

"While all bodies share the same fate, all voices do not."

— Li-Young Lee, “In His Own Shadow”

"AIDS is not a curse that we must deny, it is an illness that can be defeated. Resisting the continued stigmatisation of HIV-positive people is not only a compassionate act, it is practical and pragmatic."

Nelson Mandela (During an address to the Cosatu-CONGRESS OF SOUTH AFRICAN TRADE UNIONS- Executive Committee, Johannesburg, South Africa, 25 July 2001 via NelsonMandela.org)

This morning I read about a sandal company that is doing good while basing the design from ancient Indian footwear:

We got the idea for Gurus about 3 years ago and are very excited to finally share them with everyone. We have redesigned a 5,000-year-old ancient Indian sandal to be the most comfortable, eco-friendly and unique piece of footwear you will own. Our beta test group (including the two of us!) has been wearing production samples for the past few months, and we have been blown away by how Gurus feel and the positive feedback we have received so far. (Kickstarter)

The company will also plant a tree for every pair of sandals sold. For more information: watch the video above, visit their Kickstarter page, or read this article on the Cultureist.

"Our national conservation effort must include the complete spectrum of resources: air, water, and land; fuels, energy, and minerals; soils, forests, and forage; fish and wildlife. Together they make up the world of nature which surrounds us— of the American heritage."

— John F. Kennedy (May 29, 1917-November 22, 1963)

There is a day for toilets, and that day is today. 40% of the world population still doesn’t have access to a toilet. Now, meet Mr. Toilet.

"In each generation there are a few great teachers through whom a creative future flows."

— Albert LaChance (1991)