Green travel refers to responsible travel practices focusing on economic, social, cultural and environmental sustainability. It involves traveling in a way that contributes to environmental conservation and community development efforts. In broader sense, green travel isn't limited to going on vacations, but includes making our regular travel sustainable - especially with reference to the means of transport chosen. Traveling sustainably can reduce greenhouse gas emmissions considerably.
Steps to take for making a tour, or any long distance travel, sustainable include :
Travel light. Make sure that the luggage you carry is as minimum as possible
Choose sustainable modes of transport. Use public transport - bus / train ; avoid plane for short distances. For moving around at the destination- walk / cycle , board buses or try renting electric vehicles. This way carbon emission - per traveler - gets reduced.
Choose environmentally responsible hotels / tour operators. Look for travel agents who can suggest sustainable tarvel options. Book hotels that have energy efficiency and waste management programs in place. Hotels serving organic food and employing local people are even better.
Follow local government instructions for tourists. There might be restrictions imposed by local administrations on moving around at certain places / times or ban on buying / disposing of certain items - especially in wildlife habitats. Such rules should be strictly adhered to.
Contribute to the local economy. When necessary - or even for recreational purposes - buy products and hire services from "local" vendors and operators respectively.
Participate in carbon offsetting programs. Travelers can buy credits from emission reduction projects by estimating the amount of carbon dioxide their tours are likely to produce.
Sustainable Tourism, also called eco tourism, primarily involves traveling responsibly to areas of natural interest in a way that helps conserve the environment and bring about socio-economic development of the local people. It's an attempt to blend recreation with responsibility - giving the tourists an opportunity to enjoy their vacation while contributing to the environmental conservation efforts and sustainable development of the destination.
Some believe that the concept of sustainable tourism should be extended to include traveling to not just a place of natural beauty but any popular tourist spot - which may even be a holy or historical place. This is because this concept has more to do with responsible travel practices than the destination itself. However, a place of natural significance should always be the prefered ecotourism spot. A place bustling with flora and fauna will give the tourists hailing from urban areas a welcome respite from the concrete jungle. They will not only learn to appreciate nature and understand the importance of conservation, but also get to know the challenges and culture of the native people.
A Green Vehicle is a road vehicle that runs on alternative fuel or one that causes lesser adverse impact on the environment than the conventional vehicles running on fossil fuels. In some countries the term is extended to include vehicles that comply with the governmental emission standards. Examples of Green Vehicle include battery-operated electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, compressed-air vehicles, natural gas vehicles and vehicles that run on normal fuel with blends of biodiesel or ethanol.
Green Driving Tips
Reducing fuel consumption not only helps the car-owners by reducing expenses, but also reduces the adverse impact on the environment with lesser emission of green house gases. Proper driving practices can help reduce fuel consumption.
Here are some driving advice that can help save fuel, money and the environment.