I’d like to proudly introduce Cody Chapin as our newest TAP volunteer! Cody has dedicated much of his career to environmental sustainability, public policy, and education and comes to us with a masters in conservation from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Cody grew up far from the ocean on a ranch in East Texas, but made his dream of becoming a marine biologist a reality. As an undergraduate student, Cody spent six months interning with a dive shop in Cozumel, Mexico. It was there that he began to gain an interest in ethical tourism. “Over the short time I was there, I noticed many local artists, musicians, and craftspeople were beginning to disappear from the island’s popular waterfront areas. It turns out that they were being displaced to make way for a huge commercial tourism development and cruise ship terminal. This is an island, I thought. Where are these people supposed to go? How are they going to feed their families? That made me very upset,” he told me.
Between his travels and many years living in Hawaii, Cody has gained a heartfelt appreciation for the importance of culturally and environmentally sustainable tourism—the kind of tourism that changes lives for the better. He is excited to be working on our Travelers Against Plastic (TAP) campaign in addition to helping us keep our websites running smoothly. Cody recently relocated from Honolulu to Seattle, so please join me in welcoming him to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and to our team!
Keeping travel sustainable,
The TAP Crew