A beginner’s guide to eco-friendly tourism

Sustainable travel: it sounds like an oxymoron, right? Transporting yourself around the world in machines powered by hydrocarbons and consuming more than usual. It may be immensely enjoyable, but sustainable? Surely not. The global Covid-19 pandemic has sucker-punched the tourism industry this year. The silver lining for climate change is that emissions from aviation and cruises have dropped. New Zealand and many other countries around the world are currently on lockdown. But when that lifts, we will be able to travel once again, and the travel sector will rebound. Global transportation makes up only 3-4 per cent of total carbon emissions, so it’s fair to say averting climate collapse won’t come down to whether you take a holiday. This is not a get-out-of-jail-free card though – we can all do more to reduce the negative environmental impacts of travel. Here’s our guide to minimising your footprint in an industry where the default setting is to indulge the customer’s every whim. WHERE TO GO? The “stay grounded” movement, whereby travellers pledge to give up flying, has put attention on domestic travel like nothing since the Global Financial Crisis brought us “staycations”. The movement has renewed relevance with the heavy travel restrictions imposed over… Read full this story

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