So when you go
on holiday and even when you stay at home here are a few good and easy
ways to make a slight difference. And if we all do it, that will make a big
difference! Do you really need that imported bottle of European beer?
Eat local food-
did you know that buying local foods and produce decreases the CO2 emissions
from transport? Locally grown food travels less, reduces CO2 emissions, and
Reduce electricity consumption- turn off the
air conditioner as much as you can. This helps cut down on power bills and
reduces global warming.
practicable open a window and do without air conditioning. Don't sleep with
the heating on - use another blanket.
Reduce and Reuse- take reusable bags for your
trip. This saves on energy used to produce plastic bags and it reduces the
amount of toxic plastic materials sent to landfills. And it helps break the
cycle of tourist shops automatically giving a bag with every purchase.
Recycle- take the extra time to separate your
rubbish. Even out of the way places (as well as your home) have karung guni
men who are glad of plastic bottles and cans to recycle.
Take home what you brought. Be prepared to
squash cans, bottles, paper, and cardboard and take it to the recycling
centre nearest to you.
Ask your hotel if they recycle their rubbish. If enough ask they might
Conserve Water- Help to conserve water by
taking short showers and turning off the tap while you brush your teeth.
Every drop counts!
Read about local cultures. Learn a few words of
the local language - travelling with respect earns you respect.
Support locals. Find out about local
conservation or you could visit on your trip, and if/how you can support
Choose wisely. Ask to see the tour operator's
policy for responsible tourism.
Reduce carbon emissions. Take fewer and longer
holidays, use trains and public transport not air-con limos!
Buy local souvenirs, not imported fluffy toys.
Hire a local guide. You'll discover local
culture and people, and at the same time contribute directly to local
Shop wisely. Never buy products made from
endangered species, hard woods or ancient artifacts
Respect local cultures. Be aware of traditions
and holy places - if in doubt ask advice.
Reduce your impact. Hire a bike or walk when
convenient it is a great way to meet locals and reduce pollution and
Refill drink bottles with boiled water. Always
going for imported bottled water increases CO2 and promotes litter. Take a
high quality water filter and fill your own bottle.