In recent years, the scientific community has conducted numerous studies, and the information gathered has provided compelling evidence about climate change and how it has significantly affected the environment. The evidence is strong: there is no doubt that many ecosystems are at risk of extinction and it is highly likely that the next decade will be filled with extreme weather events such as storms, droughts and floods. Fires, desertification, melting ice, rising sea levels and rising temperatures will also all become prevalent.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has embarked on a program to stabilize net carbon dioxide emissions from aviation and plans to halve toxic gases by 2050. Companies such as Dassault Systèmes, Neste, Siemens, Natura Cosmetics, Merck and Allergan, among others, are emphasizing improved sustainability practices and seeking to develop low-carbon businesses.
Yet these measures are not enough, and travelers must lead by example when embarking on a new adventure. It is crucial that individuals start paying attention to their carbon footprints. Since travel is one of life’s greatest pleasures, we should not stop doing it. Instead, we should try to be more responsible, not only in our own country, but also in the cities, islands or mountains we decide to explore.