You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.
Earth Day should encourage us to reflect on what we are doing to make our planet a more sustainable and livable place and so I am sharing a couple of shots I clicked during my trips to the hills.
While travel has many positive impacts, it can also take a heavy toll on the environment, from putting increased strain on fragile ecosystems and culturally significant sites to contributing to rising fossil fuel emissions. But that doesn’t mean you have to drop your suitcase and cancel your reservations. We can still reduce our footprints and leave a positive impact.
1. Before you book, research destinations that prioritize sustainability and that are investing in preserving their natural and cultural heritage.
2. One of the best ways to travel more sustainably is to be thoughtful about your modes of travel. Are there environmentally-friendly ways to reach your destination?
3. Seek out eco-conscious hotels and accommodations that support sustainable development and have minimal impact on the surrounding environment. Specifically, look for places to stay that use renewable energy, have effective waste management systems, recycle, or were built using renewable materials. The photos that you see here are from a place called Chopta in Uttarakhand state of India. The whole village is solar powered so you can also opt for those places who are completely off the grid.
4. Try to visit regions where local people are empowered to manage their land and natural resources. Basically stay at shacks or cottages, Airbnb is a really good option in that case.
5. Minimize the amount of plastic waste you produce when you travel by carrying a re-usable water bottle, opting for locally filtered water where possible, and bringing your own tote bags for shopping. Stop buying mineral water and start drinking the filter water, everyone has a filter system even in villages. Secondly, if you're on a trek, streams and waterfalls are a fresh source of water but again you need to be careful about that. I have a lot of experience so i know from where to drink 😊 but if you have a local along they can guide you of course.
6. As you explore new places, opt for recreational activities that don’t pollute or use energy, such as kayaking, biking, or hiking. Not only will you create zero carbon emissions, you’ll likely discover unique sights and experiences away from the beaten path.
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