‘Greener You’ Challenge #11 – Consider The Impact of Your Travel

Up until now, Planetarian travel is the one challenge even I have avoided, but with our family beginning to plan our summer vacations, I knew it was time to consider our travel impact. How could we vacation in a more Planetarian way?

Did you know…

– Global tourism accounts for 8% of the world’s carbon emissions, with projections on the rise.
– Between 2005-2016 transport-related tourism emissions increased by more than 60%.
– Accounting for 49% of the pie, travel is tourism’s largest emissions source.
– At 12%, tourism’s second largest carbon footprint contributor is surprising: “goods” AKA souvenirs.
– At 10%, food (no surprise) comes in third. To meet tourists’ tastes and demands, up to 80% can be imported.
– Depending on the number of travelers and distance, air travel’s carbon footprint can be lower than driving.
– Because of increased carbon emissions during take off and landing, non-stop flights are better for the environment.

This Week’s Challenge: before you book, consider your travel impact. If your research inspires, adjust your plans.

Here’s What You Can Do

Make a change: Do the math. Depending on the number of travelers, is better to fly or drive? Then, carbon offset your travel.

Go a step further:  Read this article on sustainable travel, and then plan your vacation. Pick eco-friendly hotels, eat local, don’t buy unnecessary souvenirs.

Take the lead: Consider a staycation or local vacation for an upcoming trip and share your decision with friends and family.

For more conversation on sustainable travel, listen to this week’s podcast episode where we deep dive on our shared challenges and opportunities.

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