Sustainable Tourism

1) Educating The Youth on The Importance of Incorporating Sustainability Into Their Careers

Hundreds of thousands of students Cassie has spoken to, have had no idea what "sustainable tourism" even means, let alone how they can incorporate sustainability into their careers. Cassie has and continues to aim towards making a difference starting with the youth, on educating them on the importance of our environment and what steps we can take to tackle global warming on a larger scale. Cassie says, "First, it's crucial to identify the problem, which is a lack of education in third world countries of what sustainability even means. Next, is to educate, that's been my job, and so far, students have really taken a fascination towards the notion of sustainable tourism and how they can incorporate it into their careers for the rest of their lives."

Sustainable Tourism and It's Importance to Cassie

Cassie has traveled to 196 countries by means of public transport, which is in no way “sustainable” or beneficial to our environment. Never has she stated that she has “traveled sustainably” throughout Expedition 196. Cassie’s goal of enhancing our world and regenerating our environment has only accelerated since the age of 18, when she studied Environmental Studies in College and continued well after to advise hotels on energy efficiency initiatives in order to make a significant, positive impact on the environment. Her Mission since the beginning of Expedition 196 and now her ‘Life’s Mission’, is to continue to “promote sustainable travel”. As a result, Cassie is confidently doing so in three major ways.

  • Educating The Youth
  • Microplastics Project
  • Planting As Many Trees As Possible!

2) The Sampling of Microplastics

A Volunteer for Adventure Scientists (http://adventurescience.org), Cassie has collected water samples from our world waterways (lakes, rivers, oceans), to test of the presence of microscopic plastics, tiny particles that derive from toothpaste, clothing, etc., and end up as the food for marine life, which we then ingest. As a Volunteer, Cassie collects these samples to then send back to the ASC lab in the USA, who then test for the presence of micro plastics. The results of the data are posted in a scientific journal as well as in a massive, geographically diverse data set on micro plastics pollution that will be used to inform decision makers and offer insights that has the potential to inspire innovative solutions to the global micro plastics problem.

3) Planting The National Tree of The Country Wherever She Can

To date, Cassie has planted over 50+ trees in 18+ countries. After Expedition 196, Cassie will continue to eventually completely offset her carbon footprint set fourth by Expedition 196, through the Expedition 196 Green Project, which she is in the process of developing as of January 2017.