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    CoaST reaches 10th birthday

    I was privileged to be invited to speak at the 10th birthday party for Cornwall Sustainable Tourism – the internationally significant One Planet Tourism people. If you want to see the evidence for their national and international impact just take a look at their website, this is a virtual organisation which packs a big punch. www.coastproject.co.uk As usual the hall was packed with CoaSTies, all positive deviants, trying to make the world a better place and not shrinking from the big challenges: climate change, pollution, education, water. CoaSTies recognise the importance of community and collective activity. They are a fantastic example of what active networks can achieve, even in hard…

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    Australia’s Angry Summer – we all need to respond to this

    We have not heard much recently about the climate change debate. We have been pre-occupied with the economic and social problems of Europe and the UK. In Australia, where the economy is doing much better, the big issue is the exceptional adverse weather they have been experiencing. Government scientists have produced a report on The Angry Summer. The graphics convey the scientists’ message starkly They argue that the climate has shifted Of course the climate change deniers are apoplectic. We should accept the evidence and take responsibility, the climate is changing and it is hostile change. Human beings will not destroy the earth – but we are on track to…

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    Travel Trade success in tackling all forms of child abuse

    Travel Weekly has taken up the issue of child abuse  and produced a two page special report by Melanie Hall   on how the trade can tackle the abuse of children. Well trained and vigilant staff at the London Jumeirah Carlton Hotel in 2010 played a key role in the apprehension and successful prosecution of a gang trafficking girls as young as 13. Richard Martin the Metropolitan Police detective chief superintendent in charge of the case said “It’s thanks to the diligence of hotel staff that this ruthless gang was caught.” Travel Trade staff are well placed to spot possible child trafficking and to alert police, they need to be…

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    It Happens Here – Hotels and trafficking

    The Centre for Social Justice published a policy report by the Slavery Working Group yesterday entitled It Happens Here Support the the ‘Say Something if you See Something’ campaign “The CSJ has heard disturbing reports of the use of hotels as venues by those trafficking children for sexual exploitation. Of particular risk are the continental-style hotels which have no reception staff, where check-in is automatic and there is very little monitoring of guests and no accountability. In several cases reported to the CSJ, British children trafficked in the UK have been abused in hotel rooms; in one case the police were able to apprehend a perpetrator in a hotel room…

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