The Conservation of Big Sur
of Big Sur
A short film offering a glimpse into some of the biggest threats facing the future of the Big Sur community and promotes a global movement towards responsible travel.
Land of Many Uses
“Land of Many Uses” depicts the stress that unmanaged visitation is having on the fragile environment & eco systems in Big Sur and what we all can do to be mindful stewards.
Film produced by CABS (Community Association of Big Sur)
To learn more about how to be a healthy steward of Big Sur please visit https://www.cabigsur.org/big-sur-pledge
“The idea isn’t how do we stop tourism, the challenge is how do we get it right.”
Centrally located between Los Angeles and San Francisco sits Big Sur, a seventy-plus mile stretch of dramatic coastline offering breathtaking views, access to undeveloped nature and bottomless inspiration for the many who seek. This photogenic section of Pacific Coast Highway hosts throughway travelers all year round and is a popular travel destination for more than six million domestic and international tourists.
Every year, millions of visitors traffic their way through this small community, the lack of appropriate infrastructure creates dangerous congestion, waste management issues, and other public safety threats; the infrastructure that exists along the highway is simply not enough to support the tourist population that increases annually with the direct advertisements focussed around the beauty of Big Sur. Calls for action to county and state officials have been going on for decades, yet the inadequate infrastructure, advertising policies and resource management stays the same.
With recognition that to fix something first it needs to be widely acknowledged as a problem, this inspirational and educational short film explores the intuitive perspectives from some very influential residents and the general consensus of their neighbors. The film presents the audience with a glimpse into some of the biggest issues facing the future of the community and calls for more participants of the global movement towards responsible travel.
Big Sur Fire Promo
Established in 1974, Big Sur Fire provides fire protection for residents and the touring public of Big Sur. Two Feathers Collaboration is currently working to produce educational videos and tell their story to assist in fundraising efforts.
How to be a more responsible traveler in Big Sur and beyond:
Research before your trip
Minimize waste and plan accordingly. Re-use and avoid single-use items. Pack-it-in, Pack-it-out
Respect the privacy of residents. Respect the experiences of other people.
Be aware and courteous of others, keep your eyes on the road at all times, use turnouts and enjoy the view safely
Walk and hike only in designated areas, be careful not to disturb or destroy the environment
Use the restroom in designated facilities, currently there are few stops please plan accordingly to preserve the beauty of the environment
Be smart and consider safety as a top priority
Don't take foliage only take photos, Big Sur is beautiful and you should definitely capture it, but be safe and courteous, please don’t ‘risk it for the insta-biscuit.’
Take responsibility for your actions, and hold others around you accountable, Educate others on how to travel responsibly
Learn more about Big Sur’s Destination Stewardship Project: https://www.cabigsur.org/big-sur-destination-project/
Learn more about the Big Sur Land Use Plan, which was created to protect the natural landscape of Big Sur. https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/home/showdocument?id=37879
— COSTAS CHRIST - CEO, BEYOND GREEN TRAVEL