Hi BlogTolters !
If you are reading this post, it probably means you like travelling. And if you like travelling, it also probably means you like our beautiful planet, its biodiversity, its landscapes, its many climates etc. So let me guess, you probably wonder:
What are the simple things I can do to keep travelling and discovering while reducing my impact on the environment?
In this new video, after a brief overview of the situation, I share 10 simple tips with you to reduce your carbon footprint while traveling. I am sure there are a few habits that you can easily adopt, especially since I made it very easy for you with all the useful links under the video 🙂
PS: The voice over is in French so don’t forget to activate English subs
Tourism is considered account for 5% of CO2 emissions. In France, tourist transport would account for 8% of national emissions of greenhouse gases (Source : DGEC – 2010).
This may seem rather weak, except that tourism is booming and is expected to reach nearly 2 billion international tourists by 2020 (Source : UNWTO).
Here are the 10 solutions that I thought of to deal with this problem.
1. Eat less meat (even when traveling)
The first thing to do is to reduce meat consumption even when traveling.
Contrary to popular belief, breeding emits more greenhouse gases than transport! And for two reasons: deforestation and methane released by cattle, which has a greenhouse effect superior to CO2.
So I’m not saying that you have to become a Vegetarian, but even replacing a steak with chicken, eggs or vegetable protein will have a real impact.
2. Avoiding taking plane or car
What can also be done is to avoid as much as possible flying or taking the car. It is simple common sens and I know it is complicated to make a Paris – New York trip by swimming especially when you only have two weeks of vacation. But let’s be honest, it is often possible to take the train or once on the spot to rent a bike rather than a car. And then, your country still has many beautiful things to offer so why not travel nearer from time to time?
Ecological impact of tourist transport
3. Think about carbon offsets
What is Carbon Offsetting?
It is possible to fight the pollution that you produce on a daily basis thanks to the carbon offset. You can join one of the many projects of some companies specializing in carbon offsetting around the world who take charge of paying you in euros if you manage to reduce your CO2 emissions through work in your home for example.
A good win-win way to decrease our annual carbon footprint !
4. Choosing Eco-friendly Housing
When preparing for your trip, choose accommodations that are responsible for both the clientele and the environment.
It is always more reasonable to favor housing that seeks to minimize its impact on the environment through good waste management and through small habits that limit energy consumption!
5. Consuming locally
Impact of globalized consumption
Why consume locally?
While traveling, buy from small merchants and favor local products, buy products that are not overpacked, boycott products that can harm the environment ( Nutella, etc… ).
6. Avoiding polluting activities
I’m not going to lie to you, I’ve already done Jet-skiing or snowmobiling. But honestly, I will not do it again. Next time, it will be kitesurfing and dog sledding! And I swear that we have as much fun or even more !
7. Avoiding Disrespectful Attractions
Walking on the back of an elephant or swimming with dolphins could be really tempting! But this often hides the disastrous conditions of captivity and maltreatment. So why not rather observe the animals in their natural habitat?
8. Investing in sustainable accessories
It’s all silly but investing in a gourd for example, it’s doing without dozens, even hundreds of plastic water bottles. And what’s cool is that it comes down to a lot of things:
9. Beware of sunscreens
You may not know, but every year between 4,000 and 6,000 tons of sunscreen is spilled into the sea, damaging ecosystems, because of the harmful nanoparticles they contain. It is obviously important to protect yourself from the sun (it is not me who will tell you the contrary) but avoid exposing yourself when the sun hits hard, put on a T-shirt or use organic sun creams certified without nano Is a very good start!
10. Focus on ethical companies
Finally, your environmental impact is played out as soon as you prepare your trip. Why not focus on a search engine like Ecosia that pays 80% of its profits to a tree planting program? And if you’re missing an accessory, consider rental sites from particular to particular. This allows to consume less and saves money!