We went to The Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto recently (pics and videos on my instagram page). Of course it was enjoyable as expected and we went ooo and ahhh at all the marine creatures, both large and small, while jostling through the crowds.
The Aquarium made it pretty clear what it's real purpose was though: to preserve and educate. Educate and especially encourage conservation to young children. Because what better way to inspire people to appreciate these creatures and want to ensure their continued survival, then to start them off when they are young?
This got me thinking. How can we ensure that travelling isn't just for our pleasure and to get instagram likes on our photos, but that it educates and inspires us to have a conversation about conservation?
Whew, That was a mouthful!
Here are some things that I have done before:
- Walk and take public transit everywhere
- Stay in Eco-friendly places or even Air BnB. You are pumping money back into the local economy and the fact that you are staying at someone's home ensures that you consume less. After all, you don't want to run out of toilet paper & be responsible for buying it, do you?
- Buying and cooking your own meals ensure that you waste less food. Something about the effort you spent in navigating a grocery store in a foreign land and making the food will drive you to eat it in full.
- Check the delicacies. Sure you might want to have that authentic shark fin soup in China. But at what cost? Millions of sharks needlessly die each year, since their fins are chopped off and then they are dumped back into the sea.
- Pass on the plastic. Bottles, bags. Go with reusable.
Any other ideas you have for sustainable travel? Anything that you have practiced while travelling? Please share in the comments.