While, historically, new technologies have always sparked fearful commentary (the invention of the train had people genuinely convinced that travelling at speeds upwards of 30 miles per hour would kill them) which has seemed laughable in hindsight, many of the fears surrounding social media are justified. However, it’s not necessarily the medium in itself that is a threat to our teens. Social media is a tool and (as with any tool) in the hands of people it can either be used or misused. So while we struggle to understand the negative effects that social media can have on teenagers, we need to remember that the dark side of social media is often little more than a manifestation of the dark side of humanity; a darkness that has always been there but - through its presence on social media - is now more visible than ever.
The main idea behind ecotourism is to educate tourists about conservation efforts and research developments in fragile natural areas, while also offering travelers a chance to experience those areas firsthand. Ideally, the efforts work for both the travelers and the environments they visit. Ecotourists gain knowledge of ecosystems, biology and geology of specific natural locations, which in turn informs their conservation efforts. Some of the money that goes into ecotourism also goes to conservation efforts, such as repopulating endangered species and reforestation.
We define the number of consumers as the number of people in the middle class. In 2009 the middle class included billion people, with Europe (664 million), Asia (525 million) North America (338 million) accounting for the highest number of people belonging to this expansion continues. The size of the “global middle class” will increase from billion in 2009 to billion by 2020 and billion by 2030. The bulk of this growth will come from Asia: by 2030 Asia will represent 66% of the global middle-class population and 59% of middle-class consumption. A growing consumer class is very positive in the sense that it reflects that more people can enjoy the benefits of the consumer society. But it also creates additional pressure on natural resources.