Today, April 22 marks Earth day, a global event that is observed annually to pledge support for environmental protection. Picture: Cup of Couple/Pexels
Today, April 22 marks Earth day, a global event that is observed annually to pledge support for environmental protection. Picture: Cup of Couple/Pexels

Earth Day: How to be an eco-conscious traveller

By Vuyolwethu Fundam Time of article published Apr 22, 2021

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We have all heard of the term "eco-conscious traveller" or "green traveller" being thrown around. But do we know what it means?

It means being conscious of the environment, and your impact on the environment, when you travel. And no, it doesn't only apply to jungle safaris and mountain hikes.

Making small changes and choices that positively impact the environment can make a world of difference.

Here are five things to be conscious of when you travel, contributor at Forbes, Lea Lane shares:

Travel slow

Sustain local communities by practicing pollution control, keep a small bag for all your trash, and opt for walking or biking instead of driving.

Purchasing locally grown foods also help the ecosystem by preserving farmland and habitats.

Book eco-conscious tours

Ahead of your trip, research tour companies are that are part of carbon-offset programs.

Bring reusable things

Plastic kills millions of animals every year, including birds, fish, and other marine species.

Plastics are known to have harmed nearly 700 animals, including endangered species, according to National Geographic.

Carrying reusable items reduces the amount of plastic waste. Carry reusable straws, water bottles, coffee mugs, bags, and toiletries on your next trip.

Be animal aware

If you want to go on a safari, look for companies that are animal-affiliated that way you’ll be sure that natural habitats are protected.

Choose souvenirs wisely

Souvenirs made from endangered species should be avoided. Buying hand-crafted items such as beadwork, drawings, or frames may help support local businesses.

Today, April 22 marks Earth day, a global event that is observed annually to pledge support for environmental protection.

This year’s theme for Earth Day is ‘Restore Our Earth’. UN Secretary-General António Guterres said this year’s observation is taking place as the planet is at “a tipping point”, as humanity continues to abuse the natural world.

"Recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic is a chance to set the world on a cleaner, greener, more sustainable path," Guterres said.

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