Mexican Resort Review For Ocean Health Protection

By February 7, 2018 Ocean Tourism
Ocean Tourism Resort Review

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Traveling to any place around the world is an exciting adventure full of positive thoughts about travelling, enjoying foreign cultures, food and drinks. Yet there seems to be little thought on Environmental Protection when we search for hotels or other places to stay. Perhaps because we don’t want to think about the things that were done to create the “paradise” advertised online, in a magazine, or on TV. 

Do you ever wonder what habitat existed where your hotel is now? How many animals were displaced when the hotel was built? 

I thought about these questions and more during my trip to Mexico where my family and I stayed at the Moon Palace (the same place where COP3 took place). Today’s episode is dedicated to reviewing the resort in terms of Ocean Health.

Transcript

Hey everybody. Welcome back to the speak out for blue podcast. I’ve got a special episode for you today. It’s not going to be an interview because I didn’t have a chance to interview somebody while I was away in Mexico. We’re going to review the hotel that I was at in Mexico because I think it’s important. I think when we look at going away and we go to all inclusive resorts I think we don’t evaluate. The benefits and the advantages and disadvantages of going to a resort from an environmental perspective. I mean obviously from a fun perspective “all you can eat” and “all you can drink” sounds really great. Unless you’re trying to lose weight like you have all the time. But it’s you know it’s I think it’s important that us as we as the ocean community the people that are out there to protect the ocean that look at these places that go to these places be like are they really doing a good job promoting environmental health and ocean health. So what today’s episode is all going to be about the hotel that I stayed at the Moon Palace and what I thought of it overall from an environmental perspective. So that’s what we’re going to talk about today. And of course I’d like to hear your stories from when you went away from your latest trip or your last trip or a memorable trip and where you stayed.

And if you remember if it was by an ocean or near the environment you know which probably is always around the environment but you know let us know what you thought of you know the type of what you thought of the hotel and its dedication to protecting the environment or if there was maybe there was a lack of dedication. I don’t know. Love to hear from that from you on that in our Facebook group where we continue the conversation from the podcast. So if you go to speak up for blue dot com for its last group you can use your Facebook account request to join because it is a private group it’s free to join. And then after a couple of questions if you feel like it they’re optional and then come in and let us know what your latest trip was. What do you like. What do you find good and bad about staying in a hotel or staying in a resort or maybe even you know renting an Air B and B or V.R.B.O. a rental by owner and that kind of stuff and. What you think of how these places treat their environment. Obviously it’s a tourist attraction. They are very highly just want to fill the place up. But what do you think they do. What are you how do you think they do in terms of measuring up against protecting the environment. That’s what we’re going to talk about today. Love to see the group speak up for blue dot com for its last group. Let’s start the show.

Hey everybody welcome back to another exciting episode and speak up for blue podcast. I’m your host Andrew Lewin founder speak up for Blue marine ecologist and self-proclaimed oceanpreneur. I just came back. How are you doing it by the way. How are you doing. I just got back from Mexico trip as I mentioned in the last episode. I had a great time great time with family travel with the in-laws my father in law my mother and my brother in law his wife and their two two boys.

We had a great time my wife and my two girls went cousin’s got to spend some time together. We got to spend a lot of time together for you know for that whole week which was awesome. You know it’s it’s one of those things where I highly recommend taking a week off getting out of your house and doing what you can especially if you can afford it and we’re in the fortunate space that we can afford it. But it’s just great because even though we live a city apart like we live about 45 minutes apart either I live just outside of Toronto they live in Toronto. We don’t get to see each other as often as we’d like. Just because life life in general everything gets busy activities for the kids and all that kind of stuff. We all know how it goes. So it’s nice that we can just you know go away for a week.
And just have a great time together spend some time together get to spend some time with my nephews my wife and I did. And you know spend some quality time with the girls where there’s there’s no rushing off to this activity or rushing. Can we get to have dinner. We got to do homework. Do this with your debt. Just.

Just pure fun. You know we can make sandcastles on the beach go snorkeling we can do all that kind of stuff we can eat together we can just chat and just catch up and it’s just it’s a really fun time.
So I had a really good time. The weather was wonderful but I’m not going to tell you just what I did on my trip. This episode really is dedicating to what we.

What you know where we stayed and how well I think it protects the ocean and the environment around or how I don’t think it protects the ocean and the environment around it. You know when we go away to these tropical places we stay in these all inclusive resorts. Many people stay in these all inclusive resorts and they’re great. You get all the food you want you get all the drinks you want. It’s literally you can have whatever you want.

Now a lot of times we overeat overdrink all that kind of stuff. But we basically it’s freedom it’s just freedom in the way of paying all the tips and all that kind of stuff. But virtually you just grab whatever you want you can go grab a drink and go and all that kind of stuff and I think it’s good to a certain point.

Right. Obviously you know you can only have so many buffets and you can only have so much food before it really starts to get really bad for you healthwise. But also you know the amount of drinking that goes on you can get a little out of hand as well.

But when we and I’m going to talk about that in a second. But overall we look at a hotel and we saying hey this is great we’re gonna have a great time here it’s going to have great. You know we look for the food we look for where it’s located is located close to excursions. How close is it to the airport. All that kind of stuff. But I look at something different. I look at OK well how is this hotel going to measure up with the environment. And protecting the environment around it. Rather than its actual footprint.

Of when it was placed there. You know what did it you know and we’re going to talk about that in a second. But.

We don’t often think about that when people go away they think about how much fun I’m going to have. I don’t want to think about what this resort or what this hotel or what this bed and breakfast or what this hostel had.

You know like what it did to the environment before you there what environment was there was it important was it not I don’t want to think about a lot of people don’t think about that because they don’t want to think of it in a bad way. I want to just go and have fun and I always tell people might be careful where you go like you want to support tourism in those areas. You want to support you know the people who were the tourism creates jobs for and all that kind of stuff. But what is the what are those hotels really doing to the environment I mean we heard some pretty crazy things to a lot of these hotels what they’ve done a lot of people a lot of hotels will actually clear out all the seagrass that’s along the coast because people don’t want to step in quote unquote seaweed even though it’s a perfectly healthy habitat and it probably is going to do that shoreline some good as well as the local biodiversity. But people hotels will actually take away.

Everything they’ll take away all the seaweed and sea grass sorry not seaweed see you know you got me saying it now all the seaweed. Just because people don’t want to step on a beach when they think of a beach they think of this you know what they see in the magazines and on TV they think of this pristine white beach in this clear blue water and as soon as you walk in you know you’re going to just feel rejuvenated you’re going to feel good about yourself. Well.

The ocean is always like that. The shoreline is not always like that.

And you know we need to really have that in mind when we go down there is what did this hotel do to the local environment before it was in there. Now before I did this before I went to Mexico a week and a half before that I interviewed Molina Soto who works for healthy resort and located in Mexico actually port Miralis which is not far from where I was staying in Cancun. And we did a whole show on the report card of the Mizo American reef that stretches from Mexico through Belize through Guatemala and even into Honduras and every two years they do a report card on how well that reef is doing and this seagrass and the animals that live there the fish and all that kind of stuff.

And you know the result of that and I’ll let you go back there after the results of that show was quite surprising in that it. The reefs actually increased in coral cover from 13 percent to 8. I think it is increasing 8 percent.

To 18 percent. That’s pretty significant. Especially in Mexico.

That’s pretty significant because we always think of the reefs as not doing well and in the face of climate change and nutrients and stuff like that and we’re and Molina never said that the reefs are perfect they’re just in fair condition they went from critical to fair condition overall. There are certain spots that are still pretty bad but there are certain spots that are doing really well and there are other spots that are coming along. It has to do with management and the you know crew getting data assessing that data assessing the reefs and then implementing management strategies to actually.

Better the area. Right. And that’s what’s really happened. So all they have to do is continue going to use adaptive management to say how can we change things so that it actually works. How do we change management strategies to make things better. And that’s what they’re doing which is great. And in fact a lot of the hotels they’ve I’ve been there twice. So the two hotels that have been there have had signs posted up on the beach about marine protected areas that are close by and snorkeling parks that are close by. So certain areas that are managed for certain situations and you can take boats right from the beach and go right out and do snorkeling into these pristine places or fairly pristine places in fact in the area that I was in. This year there was an entire area that was closed off to the public to researchers to everybody because it was one of the best places for an Acropora coral.

That is not really found anywhere anymore. It’s actually struggling worldwide. And this place is probably one of the best reefs that you can find in terms of health. So you weren’t allowed nobody was allowed to go there but there is sign up there to show. You on the beach to show that that place exists out there and why it exists and what it provides to not only the community but to the ocean itself and to the biodiversity. So that was that was really cool to see. But let’s start off let’s go through. All of.

The points that I had made that I made while I was there just observations that I had made. And the first of all I wanted was the actual construction of the footprint of the hotel. This hotel is big in fact it’s actually three hotels in what we see at the Moon Palace so there is the sunrise there’s Neur. Music I think is called I can never pronounce probably Usik and then there’s the grand. So it’s they’re all palaces they’re all called palaces part of the Moon Palace and there’s three there’s three different lobbies Psalms three different hotels and one and they stretch probably a couple of kilometers. Took a while to go from one end to the next. Now if you stayed in the sunrise or the Nerkh music properties you never had access to the grain because they redid it and they try to make it exclusive and they kind of try and sell you timeshares and stuff like that that you don’t really want and so you try to stay within the. And we didn’t get access to there but from what I heard it’s really nice from a resort point of view but.

What people have described that that went there for that day for those those meetings that they had quote unquote meetings for timeshares to sell you a timeshare. They basically said that it looks like a Vegas for Mexico where there’s really no Mexican culture involved. It’s all just. Everything’s big. There’s a waterpark there it’s big there’s a jungle gym. It’s massive.

It looks like everything is just placed there’s kind a kind of looks a little fake and not really the natural setting that you would want when you think about these beaches like when you look at a magazine and you look at the beach you look at the water the palm trees the Mexican culture all that kind of stuff but you don’t actually get it from that from what we heard in that hotel on our side the two hotels that we had access to. There was a lot of Mexican culture but it really is a big park. It really is. There’s massive pools everywhere there there. There was a what they call a Flow Rider which is like one of those artificial surfing areas you can do boogie boarding and surfing which is a lot of fun but it’s big it’s big and it doesn’t really show off any of the culture but that’s not necessarily what these resorts were designed for I guess. But the thing is this property is massive. And what Molina was telling me after we did our interview is that property actually took a lot out there was a big forest around that property. And it’s one of the biggest force in the region a certain type of force I don’t remember the name but it is it’s a it’s massive it is dense it’s really dense and it stretches all the way down the coast of Mexico. But then you have these areas where there’s hotels that have taken out parts of this. Of this forest to be put in.

And a lot of people that traveled there in fact this hotel had a convention hall where the S.O.P 3 The Climate Change Conference was held this past year. A lot of people were concerned about that because it was such a big property has such a big footprint.

But of course that the hotel was really touting his environmental programs and so forth and you know that’s all gray dandy. But. I didn’t really see a lot of those environmental programs they weren’t advertised they made something in the background but they weren’t really advertised now. The hotel itself the the the grounds had always two garbage cans at every place so it was either recycling or garbage like a lot of compost and stuff like that.

However it was vague in terms of what can go anywhere and I don’t know.

And this is this is ignorance on my part I don’t know what the waste management system is like. I know here in Canada you know certain certain regions in the area have a waste magnetism that gives you item by item of what can go into where what what goes in which Garbage garbage goes in which garbage styrofoam goes in a certain spot. You know compost is what can go in the compost go in the recycling what can actually go in the regular garbage. And I have to admit in Ontario in Canada we’ve done a pretty good job of putting up with the waste management system and really you know cutting down on garbage that can be recycled or be compost. So I’m pretty happy about that. There are obviously problems with it but overall it’s pretty good. But Mexico is really really difficult to decipher and a lot of times I saw people put stuff in the garbage that even look at the at the symbols that are on the garbages they just put their garbage in because they didn’t really care. So.

That’s obvious their problem not just on the hotel’s part but obviously on the tourist part. I mean we really need to care about how these garbage is how the waste management system works just in terms of looking at the labels on the garbage and if you don’t know you can ask one of the people that work at the place and they might be able to tell you you know which goes and where.

I think that’s really important to know. I mean. The one thing one responsibility we have as a tourist when we go into a different country. Is to treat it like it would be our own country. And treat it properly. Right. Don’t litter. You know follow the rules in terms of the waste management system and just treat people with respect treat the place with respect. When I find people seeing when I see people actually just. Throw garbage in whatever garbage. You don’t really think that they’re there treating people with respect or if they don’t ask somebody you know. It looks like they’re disrespecting area because they just don’t care. They just they just want to get back to their vacation and just they don’t want think too much but garbage which I can understand to a certain degree but it’s not very difficult question to ask if you ask me. But yeah so you know there’s a force nearby surrounded by a forest and obviously they’ve taken out forest in net to put it in that footprint now we can’t do anything about it now. And they do have a lot of environmental programs out there so the actual resort which I found out near the end I went snorkeling.

And just off that just off the beach I didn’t leave the resort just off the beach. I went snorkeling there were some rocks there were all on the line and some birds were sitting on top of those rocks. And so I went snorkeling there was all shallow in that area and there were just thousands of fish. It was beautiful. And actually the rocks weren’t really natural rocks. They looked like some sort of fish habitat pyramid.

With holes in the pyramid in the stone pyramids and I actually noticed I recognize those pyramids because when we were being bused around the from or from the lobby to our room initially I saw these pyramids that were in the sort of storage I guess and I don’t know if this is a program that’s an ongoing program where they’re going to expand and have a chance to ask if they’re going to expand these fish habitat places because really in the area that we were offshore like when you went into the water there wasn’t really any fish habitat per se. The price of seagrass there’s lost seagrass everywhere which is great. They kept that in there but didn’t see a lot of fish within those seagrasses. When I did a lot of snorkeling away from those from those rocks so I don’t know if that’s a plan for them to create some sort of fish habitat to compensate for maybe some of the environmental damages that they’ve done putting in the pudding in the hotel. But it’s something that is definitely nice to see that they’re putting in fish habitat from above water doesn’t look like it doesn’t look like it’s a fake fish habitat from below. It obviously doesn’t look like pyramids but you see so many fish and they are actually utilizing it so hopefully I’ll get covered with algae and corals and seagrass over the time and it won’t really look like a monstrosity that it actually is because when you look at just like a concrete pyramid it doesn’t look the best. So there are programs going on. I may not know of all of them but there are programs going on.

The last hotel that I was at actually had on the beach they actually had. A sea turtle egg sort of incubation zone.

So essentially they would take eggs that were either brought up or that were put in that could be put in a pathway where people were actually put in this incubation area so they would protect them and they actually released over according to the sign they released over 30000 trve sea turtles over this time. This program’s time period which is really cool to see a hotel get involved in.

But this hotel didn’t have that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t happen doesn’t mean that there are turtles that go there. But it didn’t they didn’t have that at this hotel which I wasn’t surprised to see. But it’s something that you would be cool if they did have some something like that a program like that.

The other thing I know on the grounds there were actually deer that were allowed to roam the grounds they weren’t they weren’t they were run off or anything like that. They were there were a couple I’m assuming they’re from the nearby forest. There was a cub.

There were three iguanas like you’d normally see. However we didn’t see them out in the open quite a bit.

They were trying to hide. So I don’t know if they actually try and scare them off or not. A lot of cats lost stray cats that were there begging for food and birds galore trying to seagulls and whatnot trying to grab food from people as they brought there. They’re deep fried food from the buffet away from away from the buffet and onto their lounge chairs. That didn’t happen often because the people realized quickly that the.

That the birds would be at them quite a bit.

Now let’s talk about the beach.

It was actually quite a nice beach. It was quite wide when we got there there was a storm.

Or just a storm had come through. It was in the middle of the storm it rained quite heavily for the first couple of days. And when you got to the beach you just noticed piles and piles and piles of seagrass and I mean when I mean piles like almost up to my waist in terms of seagrass. So obviously there was a major storm that came in brought in the seagrass were thick blade I think it looked like real grass thick bladed seagrasses. I don’t know my seagrasses really sorry Ben and Richard were listening to this who were part of Project seagrass. I’m really sorry that I didn’t I didn’t get the identification I need to know me my seagrasses better I think. But there was quite there was quite the pilot I walked into the water because I always like to touch the ocean when I arrive I walked into the water and I brought my feet up and it was just like it looked like I had a boot on of seagrass it’s kind of crazy. So that was there and not many people were in the water because of that.

A lot of people were disgusted by the quote unquote seaweed that was on the shore and they didn’t like it.

And that kind of we all have to be honest. Even my wife was like I’m not going to go. She wasn’t going to go on that water because of all the seaweed I can understand. But it is part of the ocean part of the natural part of the ocean and that’s what happens when a storm comes through stuff comes up. What I didn’t notice too much of was the garbage and the debris and the plastics that came up from the shore usually when you have a storm like that usually get a lot not only seagrass and miss sometimes.

Dead fish or whatever but you get a lot of marine debris you know plastic shards cigarette lighters bottles a lot of bottles of feel feet shoes and sandals and flip flops and all that kind of stuff. You get a lot of that. I didn’t see a lot of that. Now I see that. With a caveat because they had tractor’s on the beach cleaning up the seagrass.

And I don’t know if they went through and cleaned up all the marine debris. I think it would’ve been a little difficult to do that. So the good news is it didn’t look like there was a lot of plastic pollution that washed up from the beach. There were still some and you know as someone who’s a marine scientist a conservationist and someone who professes that we should clean up garbage when we see it especially on the beach it doesn’t go back in the ocean. I cleaned up my fair share. In fact I didn’t really stop when I was on the beach. I’m not one to lie around I’ve got very fair skin so I burn quite easily so I have to move. I like to move around. Well my wife likes to tan but.

I was basically cleaning up a lot and it was a lot of like plastic bags. There was a the back of it looks like a piece of the back of a patio chair like a white chair. I took it out of the water a lot of bags a lot of plastic bags not necessarily grocery bags but just clear bags maybe from a grocery store or from like a construction zone or something like that that had like maybe cement or something like that in there but a lot of those kind of bags so I picked up quite a few. Put them in the garbage or I kept the pile. It wasn’t but it wasn’t a lot compared to some places around the world that I’ve been in that I’ve seen pictures of.

It definitely wasn’t a ton but it could just be the current system right when the current system comes in it and it doesn’t allow for a lot of debris to come up at that particular point you know make good you might get deposited somewhere else. But there was plastic and there was debris in the water. Now what I did notice though. What I did notice when I was walking the beach I noticed a lot of plastic straws. And why are there POSIX rocks. Because this is an all inclusive resort and people like to drink and when they drink their Bahama mamas or their mojitos or the pina coladas or the strawberry daiquiris they get a straw automatically.

Automatically they’re given a straw. Now I know why. Because a lot of times when we go to tropical places we’re worried about drinking and we weren’t allowed to drink the water house but we were but drinking the water we were about cleanliness we worry about getting some kind of virus or some kind of bacteria or something like that and we don’t want to get them.

When you’re on your vacation. So a lot of people probably get straws because of that they probably had requested straws so to a point now it’s just a given you get a straw when you get a drink. And it doesn’t matter if you have a Coke or anything like that. I didn’t know that when I ordered my first drink. A straw came in. And I was pissed. But I understood I’m not mad at the staff I’m not mad at the hotel. That’s what that’s what’s given. Because that’s what’s requested. So after that I requested no straws. After that every time I even got my kids requesting no straws and remembering not to request remembering to requests not to have straws in their drinks. So that was nice. That was wonderful to have. But. There were straws everywhere. And it happens you know whether people do it on purpose or not. It happens because if it’s windy you’re doing falls over you pick up the drink you don’t pick up the straw. You may not see it where you see it and you just leave it thinking that the staff is going to pick it up. Well that doesn’t happen. It just gets buried by sand or it just lies there. And I was I was very disappointed to see so many plastic straws and again it’s not just the asphalt. Maybe the hotel’s fault for not putting in a program to make sure that all that although straws get picked up because that could end up in the ocean.

It was that close to it to the ocean where it could end up in the water. But you know it’s just it’s it’s bad etiquette.

From a tourist point of view also from a visual point of view eventually if you don’t clean those up you begin to see straws everywhere but people saw the straws and didn’t even pick them up. They just that not everybody but the ones that I saw didn’t even pick them up. They just passed by they looked down. Oh there’s a straw in the past by. And I just feel that that’s not doing our part. And I always talk about here on the podcast when you pass by something or when you do something in your daily life you want to make for a better ocean. That includes when you walk by. And you see a straw. You pick it up if it’s on the ground. Right. I know people are worried about what will you know we don’t know who who sipped on the straw and I don’t want to get germs and you know I don’t want to get sick in this and that. But to pick it up from the bill Estra or bring up like you know use something in your hand to pick it up. So you don’t worry I have to worry about that. But I feel like it’s our responsibility as tourists especially of people who are consuming these drinks to pick up after ourselves to make sure that the straw doesn’t actually get onto the sand. If it does you pick it up you put it back and you put in the garbage.

And the best way you don’t even requested it.

So that was pretty disappointing. And I think that’s both the fault of the tourist. And the patrons of the of the hotel as well as the hotel.

You know there should be a strict no Paul like zero policy zero tolerance. We don’t want to see straws on the beach whether your staff picks it up or they tell hey can you pick up that straw if it goes down. Or even tell them Look if you were struck and you just make sure it doesn’t get on the beach. I think that’s pretty I think it’s a pretty reasonable act. Right a reasonable request to ask for people.

So I think that’s something that we have to that we have to do more of and I wish the the I didn’t have to see that area. But there was debris on the beach. It wasn’t a lot.

But if you looked it was there. Now these are clear straw so they do get pass by quite often without people seeing. Not everybody saw it. That’s another danger. But you but we should not be using those straws. There are a lot of times where I requested no straws. I got no straw. And I drank and I was fine.

There are no diseases because you use dishwashers. There’s no food no virus no bacteria. Never had a problem or anything like that. So that’s just kind of proving it. So. I was impressed though that there wasn’t a lot of plastic.

That was nice. I really was impressed. And that was that was a good thing. I was also impressed by the fact that there was seagrass on the beach. Now the way this beach worked was very different from a lot of the beaches that people think when they go to the resort. When you first enter the beach it was quite. Opaque. There were a lot of sand that was just suspended in the column in the water column just because of the way the waves were hitting the sand and it just it was it was turbid and you couldn’t see your feet. So a lot of people didn’t like them. And I understand now they don’t know what’s on the bottom. There are seagrass on the bottom. They don’t like the feel on the boat loses water you can get water shoes for that if you really want to do but. You know. It wasn’t it wasn’t terrible. When they got rid of all the seagrass and there were any more storms that thick blade I think is eelgrass. When I walked in the next day there was actually most of the seagrass that washed up was very thin almost like a lake like your lawn grass type blade.

So very thin. So there wasn’t much on the beach at all. So it made it a little bit more. Attractive to go into the beach. And a lot of it will go into the water and a lot of people did. And that was really great. So a lot of the seagrass was there was quite there was quite a lot you could actually see it when you look out at the different colors of the ocean there was that Sandy part when you first walked in and there was dark spots dark patches all over the place but quite continuous in many spots of seagrass. And then there were some spots where it was just sand. So it was really really light blue almost like a turquoise is just sand where there is sting rays and stuff like that which is really cool.

So so it was nice to see that there was quite a lot of habitat. Now I did snorkel that part of it. I didn’t see a lot of fish in there.

But like I said there wasn’t a lot of places where it looked like great habitat out there was a pretty open beach. We weren’t in a cold. We were in the bay. And so maybe there wasn’t anything close by. I don’t know but it didn’t seem like a lot of fish. However many of the fish that I did find because were snorkeling was around those rocks. So it’s snorkel away from the rocks into the sea. When I went closer to the rocks there was more fish so maybe that fish habitat for the bigger fish made it better for them to be there than it was and the seagrass and they just went to the sea grass to feed on some small crustaceans or something like that which I didn’t see either.

I didn’t see any conches or anything like that like I did last year just down the beach a couple miles so or maybe a cut like 10 or 20 to 20 miles. So yeah so there is you know there. There were there were some urchins though there was quite a quite a few urchins which were kind of cool. So it is kind of like it was kind of nice to see a natural coastline as natural as I guess it could be as I think it would be. But also see the habitats that are still there that it wasn’t clear that was really nice to see. I’ve been to some places in Jamaica where didn’t look like the beach was was properly like was real. It looked like it was put there looked like it was artificial and in the water.

Underneath it looked like there was just no habitat in a bay which I doubt. I highly doubt was special when you have mangroves that was that close right was. Now one thing in an area in an all inclusive which again like I said you get a lot of food and you get a lot of drinks. But then you get a lot of food waste.

People. Maybe no fault of their own when they go to a buffet. They grab as much food as possible. But a lot of that food is not getY. And I do not know where that goes. I do not know if they have a program that dispose of that compost or reuse it somehow but I know a lot of waste a lot of waste. And I think that’s a people problem. I think that’s just people you know saying I can have all the food that I want. And it doesn’t if I don’t eat it it doesn’t matter just throw it out. And I think that’s something that needs to be. We need to do a better job of real. We don’t need to have everything that we want and then just throw it away like we wasted this is why things are in moderation.

We don’t need to have three or four plates at the buffet.

You know just eat what you can eat what you finish and if you finish that much. Great if you don’t.

You know why get that extra plate. I think we really need to be cognizant of that when we go to an all inclusive when we go to an all you can you know you can kind of place because. It has to go somewhere that waste has to go somewhere. And when you have that many people in a small area like in a hotel.

Where does that stuff go. I don’t know.

I never really said I never really asked but that’s something that really worries me at times.

If it’s not properly composed of a lot of its food it should be able to be posted. But. I don’t know. I really don’t.

By the way that’s that’s sort of the rundown. Overall you know I had a great time. I do worry about the straw situation and I do worry about people’s perceptions and not really cleaning up after themselves.

I worry about the waste but it’s nice to see that this fish habitat area. It’s nice to see that the deer that there’s animals there are allowed to be on the property. I just you know it’s nice to see that aspect the footprint is concerning but that is the area the areas all resorts and hotels. And that’s what’s happening. There were apparently a lot of cool snorkeling spots around there that are out in the open ocean. Cancún the city of Cancun itself. I met someone their friend from Canada. They went there and did some snorkeling just out just off the coast of Cancún and they said it was a wonderful day actually even had like an art display down below. They said it was wonderful so there are some nice places in Cancun and I highly recommend people visit. But but definitely be careful which hotel do your research. Share your experiences with other people is why I’m sharing with you.

And yeah that’s that’s that’s the end of the show. So I’d love to hear what you think. I’d love to hear about your most recent or most memorable trip and then think about the hotel itself thing where you stayed or what restaurants you went to. What were they actually in the business of protecting the ocean. Did they have any kind of special interest like not serving straws or serving and just only like like not plastic forks or plastic plates or anything like that at the hotel or at a restaurant or anywhere. Cleaning up beach programs or something like that. Let me know in the Facebook group speak up for blue dot com for its last group. It’s FREE TO JOIN ought to do is use your Facebook account request to join because there’s a private group. And then there you can answer the optional questions and then let me know when you get into the group let me know and let me know what you think about this episode. And if you want don’t forget you can actually go right and review us on iTunes right reviews or written us on any kind of whether you’re on Spotify or you’re on a podcast addict or whatever those apps are on Android. Tune in anything like that if you want to rain review us please do. And that’s the end of our show. Don’t forget by the way if you want to help support the podcast you can go to our patriae on campaign. Speak up for blue dot com for its last patriarch. Are you going support the podcast there. I love you guys. I really do.

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