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“In Nature, nothing exists alone” – Rachel Carson, 1962

Earth day is near! Monday, April 22nd is the day to celebrate Mother Earth and to remind us that Earth and its ecosystems are what provide us with ‘life and sustenance’. Earth Day represents the collectiveness of us, and the need to find a harmonious balance with nature for today and for future generations.

Issues like climate change, deforestation, wildlife trafficking, poaching and pollution amongst others are well known outcomes of human impact on the earth. On this Earth Day, why not try one of the following:  

  1. Host a fundraiser for a local conservation organization!
  2. Start a Green Team in your office! Read more here.
  3. Write or update your sustainability policy and show a commitment to conservation and/or the community!

There is no limit on ways of getting involved! Do your part by investing in a charity or donating surplus food to a food redistribution organisation. Make green thinking a part of your company culture! Visit Earth Day Network to see how else you can help!

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall 

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Test your sustainability knowledge

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Do you consider yourself a sustainability guru? Put your green knowledge to test with these fun quizzes.

1. This BBC Earth quiz will evaluate your day-to-day sustainability practices to see how you measure up. Not up to par? Check out our tips on how to make easy, every day, sustainable choices. 

2. The Sustainable Development Goals are crucial to fortifying joint efforts, mobilising the global community in sharing effective methods to combat poverty, hunger, health, education, gender equality, water, sanitation, environment, and social justice- amongst others. Click here to test your knowledge about the SDGs. Don’t get left behind- learn more about the SDGs!

3. National Geographic has developed various quizzes that aim to help you reduce your environmental impact; from going green, to being a better foodie

Be sure to browse sustain.pata.org and check back regularly for more sustainability knowledge!

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Preserving the environment and working towards a more sustainable future have become increasingly important agenda items in the world today. Tourism has a significant impact on the world economy, local communities, and the environment. As a result, businesses and individuals are now thinking in more sustainable ways.

People concerned about being a responsible traveller act as a driving force behind this global effort towards sustainability, with their own actions and choices. Therefore, it is beneficial to be informed about the local practices and the sustainability efforts that are being made by the destination you are planning to visit.

Here are some ways you can stay informed and become a sustainable traveller:

  • Minimise waste by using only what you need. Say no to plastic, as it is one of the biggest contributors to environmental pollution.
  • Conserve the natural resources of the place you are visiting.
  • Support the local economy by shopping at local stores and vendors.
  • Make sure your actions are not adversely affecting the wildlife of the destination.
  • Make better decisions on where to stay via Bookdifferent, a hotel booking site that shows you the eco-label of various destinations and hotels.
  • Visit Verdict to stay on top of the latest news about travel destinations that are working on sustainable tourism.

Business travellers can also check out our responsible business travel guidelines to be better informed for your next trip.

Travelling is the best way to discover the world and fall in love with it. However, it is just as important that we work to develop a responsible and sustainable tourism industry to make sure what we love is preserved for future generations.

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A Guide to Sustainable Travel for Seniors

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by Jackie Edwards, editor, researcher and writer 

Some seniors think that sustainable travel is not a suitable option for them, because it requires them to make extra efforts in most travel situations. However, it’s important to understand that it does not take much to be environmentally conscious during travel. Here are some tips that can help senior travelers minimize their impact on the environment.

Transportation

Whether you are flying, taking a taxi or bus, or driving a car, you are part of an activity that produces harmful carbon emissions. If you need to fly, it is recommended that you choose one of over 30 airlines that belong to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). These airlines have carbon offset programs that require them to reduce carbon emissions from their airplanes. When you are traveling on land, you will do less harm to the environment if you take the bus or train. If you prefer to rent a car, opt for an electric or hybrid car if available.

Take public transportation whenever possible

Accommodation

If the hotel where you are staying is not environmentally-friendly, you will have a greater negative impact on the environment, whether directly or indirectly. As such, it is important that you do some research first before you book your accommodation. First of all, look for a hotel that is certified by EarthCheck, Travelife, or other reputable green-certifiers. Also, find out if it has a recycling program or sustainability initiatives such as energy-efficient lighting, low-flow toilets, rain water harvesting, solar power, or wind turbines.

Shopping

One of the most environmentally detrimental aspects of shopping is the use of plastic bags. According to a report released by the Environmental Protection Agency, people around the world use about one trillion plastic bags every year, and the percentage of plastic that is recycled is less than five percent. You can do your part to reduce plastic consumption by bringing your own reusable bag when you are shopping. In addition, try not to buy imported products, because they have left large carbon footprints during transportation. Get locally-made products instead.

Water and Energy Consumption

If you are traveling to one of the popular sunny travel destinations for seniors, you will most likely have to use more water and air-conditioning to keep cool. It is advisable that you take showers instead of baths, because you can save up to 30 gallons of water per shower. Also, try to keep your showers short. If you can, avoid using the hotel’s laundry service because your clothes will usually be washed separately from other guests’ clothes, which increases water consumption. To save energy while traveling, you can make sure that the a/c, lights, and TV are all switched off before you leave your hotel room.

Unlike what some people may think, you do not have to live in a tent or cook with a solar-powered stove to be part of the sustainable travel movement. A little effort here and there can go a long way to improving the environment.

Read more of Jackie’s work here.

Disclaimer: The views, opinions and positions expressed by the author(s) and those providing comments on these blogs are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or positions of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) or any employee thereof. We make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, timeliness, suitability or validity of any information presented by individual authors and/or commenters on our blogs and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries or damages arising from its display or use.

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Eat, Pray, Litter: The Truth About Tourists in Bali

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Bali was not the Eat, Pray, Love paradise I naively envisioned. There. I finally admitted it. On one hand, there was that handful of memorable Zen moments I wrote about and will forever cherish, but on the other end of this wacky spectrum are the moments that made me give Bali a serious side-eye. By Renne Simpson. Read more.

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3 Ways to Travel Sustainably

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What does it mean to travel sustainably

What does it mean to travel sustainably?  Beyond government and civic initiatives such as the Paris Agreement and tax rebates for green retrofitting, how can we, as individuals, give back to the planet while traveling — an activity that is reserved for the privileged, developed world? The “three pillars” of sustainability — environmental, economic and social — are commonly referenced when discussing sustainable travel.  So, that’s a start. By Daphne Stanford. Read more.

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