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How the tourism industry can be responsible for its environmental footprint

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The tourism industry requires enormous amount of natural resources and creates a huge environmental footprint. Yet the focus has always been on the traveler to ‘make better choices’. What will it look like when hotels step up and takes responsibility for their own footprint? This talk explains the myth that becoming an environmentally responsible hotel is not profit-friendly, and why it is totally wrong. 

Last year the word ‘overtourism’ made the dictionary for the first time. The press is filled with stories about the pressure on places like Venice, Amsterdam and Bali, and the situation often seems hopeless. However, clear solutions exist and are ready to be implemented, and change doesn’t have to take years. 

Sean Nino is a development expert in the fields of energy, water and waste. He has over 8 years of experience in consulting and research for various clients in Indonesia. His passion lies within environmental sustainable systems design and methods, that change and challenge our existing norms. Sean is the co-founder of Eco Mantra, a team of engineers and specialists. They collaborate with developers and architects to help them save environmental resources, and ultimately drive down costs.

He is also one of the main drivers behind the Merah Putih Hijau movement. These guys build, operate and transfer community-owned material management facilities to communities around Bali. Sean grew up in Bali and spent 12 years in Germany, before moving back to Bali in 2013 to work on the problems he is passionate about.

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