As you know our time to combat climate change is limited, the most relevant and famous ecologists, like Leonardo Di Caprio or Greta Thunberg, have been warning us about this. Of course, you are trying to be a good citizen saving water, reusing things or limiting the meat consumed; but you like to travel and discover the world and this can be polluting for the environment. The tourist generates a lot of waste, push the towns to build hotels and infrastructure quickly and to use a lot of transport; and many times the amount of private transport that is used is greater than the city, country or island can support. In this article, I want to give you some easy points to be greener when you travel.
One of the simple steps you can take to change the style of your travels is to try to use more public transport or walk to places, avoiding the use of a taxi. Using public transport, cycling or walking you will help to control the pollution produced by the high number of cars. This can also be applied when travelling between different cities. Whenever you can, opt for bus, train or shared car. Although among these three options, the train is the one that pollutes the most, despite its charm.
It is clear that the plane has become an indispensable transport in the travel of the XXI century, due to its speed and its cost. However, it is highly polluting. How can we help? If you can go by ground transportation to your destination, better if your destination is far away and you must use a plane, try to carry light luggage. This last point may be silly, but it makes a lot of sense. The less weight the plane carries, the less fuel it needs. I think small, take only what you really need. It will help you to pollute less and to be able to move more agilely with less luggage.
When purchasing tourism products or shopping, think about the options that have the least impact on local people. For example, opt for hotels or hostels that opt for a more ecological mode, that are not too large and that do not have a very large impact on the local flora and fauna. If you bet on more ecological tourism the trend will change. On the other hand, try to buy in local stores and local products, as you reduce the emission that occurs when transporting the products from one point to another.
And finally, and probably the most obvious point: try not to generate a lot of garbage and deposit the garbage in the right place. If we change the plastic water bottles for a reusable ones, better. And, obviously, when we go to visit a tourist place or a natural setting and we decide to eat there, let us remember to take back all the waste that we can generate. If it has gone in your backpack it can come back in your backpack too. If on the way you find a bottle or package, it does not cost you anything to take it and place it in its correct place. It is everyone's responsibility to take care of the environment.
Paula Barriga Pérez
PR,MARKETING & MEDIA DEPARTMENT