Did you know:
While the global average carbon footprint is about 4 tons of CO2 per year, the average North American generates about 20 tons of CO2 each year. THAT’s 5 TIMES MORE!! …Seems like there is a thing or two we can learn from the people of other countries and cultures.
What is a carbon footprint?
A carbon footprint is the measure of the amount of greenhouse gases, measured in units of carbon dioxide, produced by human activities. They are detrimental to the environment and lead to global warming.
Some things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint
• Learn what your personal carbon footprint is with one of these online carbon calculator:
• Remember, GO LOCAL! and Support Fair Trade . Enrich your experience and support the local economy by:
Hire Local Guides (ask if they are licensed and live locally)
Choose a locally-owned lodge.
Use local buses or car rental agencies.
Eat in local restaurants that serve locally produced foods.
Shop in locally owned grocery stores, and visit local farmer’s market.
Attend local festivals and events
• Consider Alternative Methods of Transportation.
• Utilize public transportation and alternative modes of transportation (walk, bicycle, kayak, horse, camel) as much as possible. It’s a more sustainable way to get around, and also a healthier and more enjoyable way to get to know the place you are visiting. If you have an iPhone check out their new “Green Travel Choice” app.
• Consider booking eco-friendly fravel, or find a philanthropy project to participate in while abroad
• Think about
• Buy high quality travel gear, well-made items that fit well and that you will still like a year or two later, and wear them out before you get rid of them.
• Water Purification.
Instead of buying bottled water, consider bringing your own purification system. They can be very small and inexpensive (compared to buying multiple bottles of water every day!).
Check out the Green Passport Program for more ideas on how to help the environment while abroad.