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Costa Rica: The Accidental Green Tourist

2826 words - 12 pages

General Problem/Issue
Costa Rica is labeled as one of the green countries in the world. It has faced its fair share of environmental concerns going back to when it was the number one producer of beef for McDonald’s in the 1970s. The country experienced extreme deforestation as a result of the increased cattle grazing. Since then, Costa Rica has managed to move away from deforestation through efforts of forest conservation, nature reserves, and national parks. It has used ecotourism as a tool, and has proven to be the biggest helper in reversing the status of environmental degradation. Ecotourism has proven to be a very lucrative industry helping to sustain the country, but has shown to have both positive and negative impacts on the country. The positive impacts are highlighted most through continued publications of the marketing schemes of how sustainable Costa Rica is. This paper attempts to uncover the truths behind using ecotourism as a tool for sustainability.
Sustainability has been a hot topic, and the concern of many people since the lasting effects of environmental degradation has come to the forefront. It is no longer a small interest to the world and Costa Rica has proved to have put significant effort into conservation and preservation of its environment. It is becoming vital that these sustainability efforts continue and grow. One way Costa Rica has done so is through tourism and there is an emerging emphasis on art being a strong force in helping with these efforts. Art has been a tool for expression since first appearing long ago in murals, carved into stone. These murals were able to tell a story and pass down important information from the artist’s point of view. This is a great example of how sustainability and art can be used together to create strong means of communicating the importance of environmental conservation and bettered livelihood. However, there are still many problems within Costa Rica and it is not as green or environmentally friendly as commonly perceived.
The state of the environment is a critical topic in today’s world because our actions concerning sustainable development can be pivotal in spreading information; we can send a stronger message about improving upon the environmental degradation that is all around us. Organizations and governments such as Costa Rica have already started to put emphasis on the importance of environmental sustainability and development. This is a topic that requires more highlighting and research, so that the importance of the relationship between sustainability, the environment, and the use of social business can be underlined. This paper will attempt to do just that – by addressing the works that exemplify the importance of this relationship.
Literature Review
In the process of gathering scholarly debates on the topic of effectiveness of ecotourism with regard to socio-economic and environmental benefit, it was revealed how many scholars believe in the success of...

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