With today’s recent news about the world slowly joining in on the climate change strike, it is evident that people are realizing how detrimental the state of our environment is for our future. Well, if you are not aware, the condition of our planet is not getting any better and instead, it’s getting worse at a rapid speed.
Aside from the fact that tourism itself contributes to 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions, there are way more factors on how traveling can quicken the death of our planet.
And this post is to help you become aware of what you SHOULD DO instead.
Now, I did not say stop traveling. I could never prevent you from doing what you love or from doing what helps you find your passion.
All I’m saying is be smart, mindful, and conscious about our environment while you’re traveling. Whether you are on a holiday vacation or a business trip, always keep in mind to treat every place you are in as your home. And you would not want your home to be messy and filthy, right?
We have only one Earth. If we do not start taking care of it now, then we will still be the ones facing the consequences. Let’s preserve our home before it’s too late.
Ways to protect the environment (while traveling)
If you must know, air travel is the biggest contributor to climate change out of all the transportation methods. I am not commanding you to stop traveling to your travel destinations, but if you can, lessen your air travels a bit. Another way to help preserve the environment and prevent climate change is to pack light when you’re traveling on a plane. The baggage weight also impacts fuel efficiency so let’s try not to contribute to it more.
If you can, choose nearer countries for now so the travel time is shorter and fuel usage won’t be as much. Or heck, if you are going to a nearby place and there is a land or water option, then why not do it? You will be greeted by countless views along the way which will hype you up more for the destination you are going to. Traveling on water is a life changer, trust me on this.
You can visit Myclimate to calculate your fuel consumption through your travels. The best way about this org is you can also compensate by choosing a global project wherein you can help other nations to preserve their forests, mangrove restorations, and more climate protection projects.
When choosing a hotel or any kind of accommodation, it is best to research their background and practices. Do they offer renewable energy sources? Do they have a recycling program? Do they have eco-friendly supplies? This should not be that much of a hard task because there is already a growing number of hotels which has adopted eco-friendly methods. And another good thing about choosing an eco-friendly accommodation is they are usually situated in locations away from the city such as beaches, mountains, and the likes. Yay for fresh air, serene surroundings, and magnificent views!
I am so glad that this is becoming a trend lately but I am still going to put it here because I think people still do not see the importance of reusable things. Let’s say you buy something from a souvenir store. There’s a 98% chance that they are going to give you a plastic bag for the things you bought. What are you going to do with that plastic once you get back? Throw it, of course. So, instead of contributing more plastic waste to our planet, why not buy a big tote bag or grocery bag wherein you can say no to the plastic and just dump all your souvenirs there. And besides, you’ll be walking in style instead of carrying tons of plastic bags.
Don’t Support Animal Tourist Attractions
As we are on the topic of the environment, I think it is the best time to include here the preservation of the creatures that live in our ecosystem. I hate it when I see promoted tourist attractions that involve trapped animals. There are tons out there. Examples are the zoos and aquariums. SeaWorld, anyone? Another is these excursions which involve animals such as elephant riding. Here’s an important reminder, though: Do not ride on elephants. An elephant’s spine could not support the weight of people, especially if they are doing it the whole day. Another reason is they are being brutally trained for them to become “tame” and “disciplined”.
As long as you go to these tourist attractions, you are fueling their opportunity to continue with their business and animal abuse.
Do. Not. Litter. Please.
This is honestly the most basic and easiest way to help the environment and yet a lot of us still don’t do it. Avoid littering. Your trash can block drainage. Your trash can reach the ocean. Your trash contributes to air pollution. If you cannot find a trash can anywhere, then put it in your pocket or inside your bag. And besides, why would you even have the guts to litter in a country that is not yours to begin with?
Research on Local Environmental Activities/Services
There will always be a number of environmental organizations and agencies in every country. To make the most of your travel, it is best to visit the country’s local environmental organization and ask them about their upcoming projects. If they have an activity that is within your travel timeline, join. You get to help the environment while meeting new people. What can get better than that?
Check the list of environmental organizations here.
You can help the environment in more simple ways. You can simply start by making yourself aware of what is happening to our planet. Look at all the forest fires, the melting glaciers, and declining wildlife. You might think that the environment is fine because you do not see any alarming changes in your surroundings, but remember that our planet is huge. There are already places beyond your reach that are experiencing the effects of climate change. Do not wait for it to reach you.
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