So one of my greatest loves is travelling. I love exploring other cultures, learning about the history and unique quirks of communities, seeing parts of the world I never thought I’d see … but I am also so passionate about looking after the environment and striving for a sustainable future. I feel like there is some conflict here. I do the little things - I buy local/organic/fair trade produce, I recycle, I buy environmentally friendly cosmetics and shampoo, heck, I even use a wooden toothbrush and comb to avoid buying plastic!!! But then I happily jump on a plane, pumping a ton of Co2 into the atmosphere, mainly for my own pleasure. I need to find out what I can do to best travel responsibly. I don’t want to stay in the UK for the rest of my life so I can’t give up travelling. I need to learn:
How bad ARE flights for the environment? What are alternatives to flying?
What about carbon offsetting? How effective is this?
What exactly IS ecotourism? … Does it really improve things for “locals”? Or do big organised ‘ecotourism’ holidays taking groups of people to previously relatively untouched areas of the world do more harm than good?