The rising temperature levels across the globe due to greenhouse gas emissions pose a grave threat to our future. In order to be tackled, the impending calamity of climate change warrants extensive overhauls. Following a sustainable lifestyle back at home is no longer sufficient to guard against the growing global epidemic. Travel, one of the most novel and soul-enriching human pursuits, is also one of the chief contributors to the carbon footprint. To the same end, here’s discussing some paradigmatic shifts in the way we travel that will have a favourable impact on conserving and sustaining the environment.
Discover alternatives to air travel!
It may come as a shock to people to know that one of the easiest and most efficient ways to cover longer distances is also one amongst the chief contributors to a growing carbon footprint. By taking a flight, we are unknowingly increasing the carbon emissions that are released in the atmosphere.
Flying in a business class, furthermore, increases the carbon emission than economy travel. For instance, according to a World Bank study, business class travel has three times more carbon emissions than economy. The CO2 difference between the seats of a first-class air trip and economy is up to nine times greater.
One of the easiest ways, thus, would be to not take flights while travelling. One can look out for alternatives like taking a bus or a train. If the bus is fuelled by renewable energy, it further helps the crusade for environment conservation. If taking a flight is unavoidable, consider giving up the business class for economy travel.
Also, one may opt for airlines that are invested in the offset programmes. While the offset programmes don’t reduce the carbon footprint, they do add to the repair work that is necessary. It may include ground-level work such as planting more trees, harvesting clean energy, or managing forests, etc.
Why not opt for road trips?
Switching to buses or trains may not be applicable in every instance. Thus, for the sake of convenience and personal privacy, while travelling, one may also opt for car rentals and turn their travel into a light-hearted and fun-filled road trip. However, while travelling by car, mileage is a crucial factor impacting carbon emissions. A dusty old car is going to do more harm than good. Which is why renting a new model is always better for a road trip. One can also hire an electric vehicle (EV) for commute or travel, especially while taking shorter hauls, to minimise the carbon emissions and having enough opportunity to charge the EV.
Prefer an eco-friendly stay!
A hotel stay may be another chief source of carbon emissions, for it requires a great extent of energy for different purposes, right from air conditioning to laundry and more. However, joining the crusade against carbon emissions, lots of hotels are now adopting eco-friendly practices. This may include the use of solar energy, optimising water consumption, switching to LED lights, utilising efficient insulation systems and more. Additionally, one can also adopt greener practices in a hotel stay. Optimise the use of towels, don’t ask for laundry frequently, plug out all appliances and switch off lights when not required.
Recycle and reuse while travelling!
We may be inclined to let our hair down and travel without sparing a thought in the world, but the environment requires us to be better than that. There are little things that any traveller can do, which will help conserve the environment. For instance, instead of buying more plastic bottles each time we are thirsty, one may simply carry a reusable water bottle. Get it refilled whenever possible, otherwise recycle the plastic bottles if one must use them. Opting for food items that don’t produce so much waste, preparing light and healthy meals, etc, would also contribute to environment conservation.
The changing times require all of us to come together and launch a crusade that reduce carbon footprint. By adopting greener lifestyle practices, we stand a chance to grow sustainably.
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