Travelling can be a grand adventure and a lot of fun, but we must bear in mind the importance of preserving nature while enjoying it. Often, Mother Nature is polluted conscious and unconsciously, resulting in the negative impacts towards our environment throughout the years. If we don’t start changing the way we treat our home planet, soon there won’t be places to travel to. We will no longer be able to enjoy the beauty and wonders of the world because we took them for granted.
If you’re planning to make a change, practicing these 3 simple ways can go a long way. Little by little, you’ll realize that it’s not so difficult to do some good even while you’re travelling. While you’re at it, get your friends and family on board too!
When you’re travelling, transportation plays one of the biggest role in negatively impacting our Earth. Flight wise, fuel is used the most when taking off and landing than flying at an altitude. Therefore try to avoid short flights and take the train or bus to your destination if it’s reachable that way.
Take public transportation or walk to your destination. If you want to make it easier, ride a bike. Most countries have a bike sharing program such as the oBike Station-less Bike Sharing and here in Malaysia, you can simply download the app and scan the bar code attached to the bicycle. You can find it almost everywhere with the help of the GPS system they’ve planted on each of the bicycle. Always remember to be safe and stay on your lane while riding the bike, and park it at a designated area for bicycles so others can find it and use it easily, alright?
2. Carry your own reusable utensils
Water bottles, straws and plastics were recorded as the most rubbish thrown either on land or the ocean. Any reduction in plastics usage benefits the environment and reusing or recycling will reduce the environmental impact. Bring your own reusable water bottle and plate or bowl. Instead of using plastic cutleries, bring a reusable ‘spork’ instead. You can easily buy it online, and it will save some space in your luggage.
If you have to buy plastic-wrapped food or drinks, be sure to throw them into the rubbish bin. Please don’t throw your plastic rubbish in the ocean as it can risk the lives of our marine wildlife. If you spot any recycle bins in your area, it would be better if you throw your rubbish there. Just make sure you segregate your rubbish and waste, and throw them in the correct bins, okay?
3. Travel Green
If you want to minimize your impact as much as you can while travelling, plan your tour with companies that supports green practices, sustainability tourism or eco-tourism. With the help of the internet, you can do some research beforehand to narrow down some options that you can choose when you want to travel. Check on what practice or program they’ve been doing or accomplished so you can have a clear vision on what the company is about. If you’re keen for more information regarding the company, you can simply email or call them.
If we want to make the world a better place, we need to start changing the way we treat her. If not us, who? If not now, when? As Evo Morales once said, “Sooner or later, we will have to recognize that the Earth has rights too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans”.