You’ve heard from Green Pop before – they talked about travelling Eco Friendly. Now you can read about how to be Eco Friendly when you’ve reached your destination!
When you get there
●While you’re travelling in a foreign land, try to bike, walk or take public transport if you
can. They’re better for the environment, far cheaper than renting a car or catching taxis,
and these modes are a great way to experience life at street level.
●While you’re on holiday, take part in activities that do not harm the environment you’re
visiting. Consider combining volunteering with travel, particularly if you can find a project
to work on that will help to offset your carbon-heavy travel and give back to the
community you’re visiting. And remember to do your research on any project you’re going
to be involved in. Find out for yourself whether they’re really having the impact they claim
to, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
●Eat less (or no) meat. According to a report by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation,
livestock and animal agriculture generates at least 18% of human-related greenhouse
emissions, more than the entire transport industry. Another study suggested a figure of
51% for animal agriculture’s contribution to worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. Either
way, it’s a LOT and you can take a huge chunk out of your travel footprint simply by not
eating meat on your journey.
●If you’re visiting a wilderness area, then the old adage ‘take nothing but pictures, leave
nothing but footprints’ applies to YOU. Try to find out about the waste disposal facilities in
the area you’re visiting – lots of national parks and reserves maintain dumps within their
boundaries, and not many of them are environmentally friendly. Consider taking your own
trash back out with you if you might be able to recycle or dispose of it in a more
environmentally-friendly way elsewhere.
●Wherever you stay, try to maintain good habits like turning off the lights, air-con and TV
when you leave your room (more power is used by appliances on ‘standby’ mode than in
actual use in the USA), don’t waste food or water, and reuse towels and sheets.
●Eating locally is one of the best ways to help support the community you’re visiting on
your travels. Find out about farmers’ markets in the area, and try to eat at restaurants with
locally sourced ingredients. When you go to the market, take a reusable bag with you so
you don’t have to use plastic!
●Plant a tree! If you can’t, get someone to do it for you. Someone like … us! Trees promote
life. Not only do trees produce oxygen and sequester carbon dioxide, they also provide
homes for animals, recharge groundwater, replace soil nitrates, prevent erosion and more.
The addition of an indigenous tree to any environment will have countless environmental
Finally, remember that along with travelling green, try to travel responsibly and ethically. You can’t
have too much information about the place or project or event you’re visiting. Educate yourself,
and don’t be afraid to ask questions!
And the reward for all of this effort? Green, responsible, ethical travel comes with BIG bonuses. It
is more rewarding, more authentic, better for the planet, and helps you make deeper and more
meaningful connections with the people you meet and the places you visit.
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