4 solutions to develop sustainable tourism
1. Prioritize road transport
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 12% of total emission generated by transport comes from aircraft. Emission per flight equals one fifth of the total vehicle emission generated in a year. And these numbers are tending to increase. So, to help reduce carbon footprints, let's limit flights and prioritize road transport. Although buses and cars are not the best solution, the amount of greenhouse gases they emit is much lower. This proposal will be more appropriate when we switch to using electric vehicles or vehicles using biofuels.
If there are no options other than aviation, consider buying cheaper tickets. According to experts, business class's carbon footprints are seven times higher than economy class's. Also, to become responsible passengers, use recycled food utensils instead of plastic cups. Before flying, read the user manual for the equipment carefully.
And if you still want to reduce more emission while traveling in a city, you can also choose public transport, "share" vehicles, or even ride bicycles to save money.
2. Support local foods
According to researchers, American farmers have to travel an average of about 1 mile to transport food from farms to consumers such as supermarkets, restaurants, and especially eating spots in tourist destinations. Depending on the origin, these foods can be transported by trucks, trains or airplanes.
Due to the geographical distance that requires fuel and maintenance costs, this transportation has unintentionally caused negative impacts on the environment. Therefore, when you go grocery shopping for your family or try new dishes while traveling, prioritize products of local origin. These choices not only support the farmers, but also give you the opportunity to experience the culture and specialties there.
In addition, experts also offer some suggestions for those who want to explore local culinary culture in a sustainable way: avoid choosing restaurants in travel brochures. Try local restaurants or eateries that use native language in their menu.
3. Join and support activities that protect environment and wildlife
There are many activities such as visiting tropical forests, feeding elephants or crocodiles organized to attract tourists. Many people think that these activities will bring us closer to nature. But they do not know, each piece of cake received from us has been destroying their health and the ecosystems where they live. Just show your knowledge and responsibility by learning about the environment and the ecology of your destinations when traveling.
In addition, in recent years, there are many programs and workshops on nature conservation and wildlife issues held periodically in major cities. You should come in and listen to the opinions of experts to have a good view about the impact of tourism on the environment and the existence of animals.
4. Discover your own city
You know countless famous places to check-in, you learn by heart many dangerous roads of some land, but have you ever gone on a date with your own city? People tend to think that they are locals in their own land and forget that there are still amazing spots that they have not known yet.
Instead of wishing to travel to another country, schedule a trip in your city. If you miss the smell of the wind or the dust, you can change a bit by going further, to the outskirts of the city. Perhaps you will be surprised by the interesting things you have not known before.
By: Vivian Cooper