Ralph Cooper
Ralph Cooper asked:

His travel tips in the new Global Garage Sale. What are yours?

Robin I'm working on a concept of "Urban Eco-Tourism". Most Eco Tourism being promoted is wilderness-based... but most tourists actually have a limited tolerance for mosquitos and tranquility. Urban Eco Tourism, on the other hand, would turn "slum tourism" on its head. A hotel in Tamale, Ghana, may soon set an example. You can bring your broken phone or laptop and watch it be fixed by a Geek of Color. In addition to cleaning your room, your tips will pay underemployed Africans to collect plastic litter from the gutters and fields. You can go on urban field trips to watch repair and re-manufacturing jobs. You can visit with people who once worked at Agbogbloshie for several years, and returned to successful careers in the North. You can listen to live music, and dance. And of course, there's a day trip or overnight to Mole National Wildlife Refuge, a 2 hour drive to see one of the largest elephant herds in West Africa. Author Adam Minter visited the hotel while it was under construction - it's nearly finished. My recycling company recently shipped upgraded solar panels replaced in Vermont solar fields... a 50% efficient panel in Ghana will produce more kilowatt hours in Ghana than the 100% efficient panel will in Vermont. I had hoped to stay at the hotel while it was being installed... but travel lockdown, you know.
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