Traveling considerably contributes to pollution as the tourism industry is nowadays a mass phe-nomenon. Indeed, more and more people are tempted to throw their waste everywhere. Keep in mind that a harmless gesture, once imitated by thousands of travellers, can take on spectacular proportions. Note that a single aluminum can take 50 to 80 years to decompose, a gum will take 5 years, a cigarette butt, 1 to 2 years and a tissue takes 3 months. Discover our simple tips for travelling green and reducing your carbon footprint.
The choice of means of transport
To preserve the environment, use a car for trips between 150 and 800 km. Prefer renting a car, even if you plan to travel long distances. Also, avoid overusing the air conditioning, as it leads to over-consumption of fuel of 10 to 20%. To keep your vehicle cool, park in the shade, choose sun visors, tinted films, open windows or wet towels to hang on to. To reduce driving and save fuel, use small roads instead of highways. Ideally, you should use public transport or carpool.
Travelling to the sea
The ravages of mass seaside tourism are undeniable. There are often beaches strewn with ciga-rette butts or concrete coastlines. The marine ecosystem is also subject to various stresses due to the abuse of some boaters. In addition, WWF prohibits swimming at some beaches. During diving sessions, it is recommended to avoid feeding fish as this may disturb the balance between species. The latter can change their natural behavior. Did you know that it takes more than a year for a 10 centimeters branch of coral to form? Avoid taking or damaging any of them. To travel ecologically to the sea, don’t throw garbage in the sand and refrain from relieving yourself in the ocean. Throw your garbage, even biodegradable ones, into the garbage bin as much as possible.
Carrying out trekking
When hiking, keep in mind that the mountain is weak. To avoid accelerating its erosion, avoid going off from marked trails or picking plants. Indeed, trails are formed due to repeated passages off the marked trails. Under the effect of rain, these trails turn into gullies. Moreover, once the roots of the plants have been removed, nothing can hold the soil back.
Fauna and flora
To avoid damaging wildlife, avoid touching, feeding or taking animals with you.If you want to observe them, be discreet and stay within a reasonable distance. In addition, buying protected and living animals or plant species contributes greatly to their expansion. Similarly, cuddling an animal can change its smell and cause its mother to abandon it. Feeding animals can also encourage them not to stock up for the winter and encourage the proliferation of invasive species (gulls, rats, etc.)