The Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Handbook v7

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Green living in the middle of the industrial Durban Harbour Green Camp Gallery By Xolani Hlongwa and Åsa Nilsson

While many strive to rise from the rubble, we choose to work with the rubble instead. Sustainable living and sustainable travelling is quite easy if you have the financial means to make choices. With R250 000 to invest, we would build that green modern architecture that we see in magazines with amazing water harvesting and filtering systems, high-tech solar panels, and state of the art hydroponics. Instead, with other forms of capital and materials than the commercial one, such as collaborative, social and cultural capital, we at Green Camp Gallery have built – brick by brick and seed by seed – a green oasis in the middle of the industrial Durban harbour. This haven attracts many different individuals from near and far, from humans to plants and animals. Hence, we have demonstrated how to develop a (bio)diverse melting pot that focuses on meaningful interactions. We would like to invite you to look through a small window of Green Camp Gallery, and read about some of our key strategies to create more sustainable and innovative meeting places for both tourists and locals. Anti-gentrification An increasing number of tourists in urban cities are looking for those hidden gems that ooze of artistic and local expressions. Imagine walls with graffiti appearing, green plants creeping, African jazz playing, and a double espresso being served in an industrial warehouse in between concrete and pallets. Feel the vibe of a small art exhibition that only a few have exclusively been invited to. Taste that sip of Cava in your mouth while finding the perfect Instagram-shot. You’ll find these cool spots around the world, and they have that same feeling whether you’re in Johannesburg, Berlin, or New York. However, these spaces are often a product of urban regeneration