Tourism And Climate Change

Tourism And Climate Change

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During the last decade or so, there has been a lot of talk about climate change and the adverse effects of rapid technological development. For years, climate change has taken the forefront in the political arenas as more leaders are talking freely about taking care of our planet.

We all need to realize that action needs to be taken starting right from the individual level. During the last few years, economy airlines have opened a new door for people to venture out and travel to all the world’s different parts. This has resulted in a windfall for many developing countries but has a severe drawback. According to a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, commercial aircraft contribute between 3 to 4 percent to climate change’s overall human impact.

Tourism is a great industry, not only for the economies of countries but also for the traveler. Climate change is real too and shows itself in the melting glaciers, shorter snow seasons, and unpredictable weather changes. There are ways in which we can minimize our contribution to global warming. Here are a few tips for environmental travelers.

It’s nice to see far off lands and different cultures, but it’s worth considering the idea of exploring your continent or county first. Maybe by the time you are done venturing your close-by destinations, they would have come up with a ‘green’ source to take you farther away.

If you’re traveling in Florida, it’s important to understand what the most dangerous highways are to avoid any potential collisions.

This infographic from Brooks Law Group has some great tips:

If you need to travel to a destination by plane, try exploring the country through less harmful travel means. Take trains, buses or a car instead of taking domestic flights. Bicycles and own two feet are also a great way to explore, get an up, close and personal feel of the culture, and meet the locals.

There are organizations, businesses, and charities, which help offset the emissions caused by your journey for a contribution to their cause.

Usually, a one-way flight from New York to Miami will result in 0.39 tonnes of CO2 emission, and the cost to offset this CO2 will be around 6 dollars. These organizations can also help you become carbon neutral in other areas of your life like household and car etc. For more info, visit sites like, these organizations either arrange for tree plantation or invest in sustainable energy and energy-saving projects.

With close to one billion tourists traveling around the globe each year, the need is to find ways to bring our vacations in line with ecotourism. Plan your trip thoroughly, find locations that offer green travel opportunities, and look for hotels that follow the basic rules of environmental friendliness. Use public transport for sightseeing trips etc., or hire a hybrid car if you have to. Choosing a green destination will only make sense if it comes without the tag of massive carbon emissions, not only from our trip but also in the way we choose to stay there and venture about. Travel and enjoy your travels, but make sure you leave only your footprints behind and not a long carbon trail.

Infographic source:

Brooks Law Group
123 1st St N, Winter Haven, FL 33881, United States
27FF+F4 Winter Haven, Florida, United States

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