Climate change is real and is worsening at a concerning pace. Countering the effects of this threat requires a joint effort from governments, corporations and citizens from around the world, including travelers.
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.
When planning your trip, we recommend that you choose a hotel that demonstrates a strong commitment to the environment. Traveling light is also important, because the less your luggage weighs, the less fuel is consumed, and therefore a reduced amount of carbon dioxide emissions will be emitted whatever means of transport is chosen. Avoid printing boarding passes or any other information relevant to your trip, except when it is extremely necessary.
What measures can travelers take in Argentina? It is essential to respect nature and the trails in the national parks you visit. Walk, use bicycles or public transport whenever possible and avoid renting private cars. It is also advisable to carry reusable bags and bottles at all times, use ecological products and metal cutlery to avoid plastic when eating at fast food restaurants.
During your stay at the hotel, reuse your towels, be careful not to leave the room lights and the air conditioning on and check that the taps do not leak. Finally, sustainable tourism offers you the opportunity to respect the local customs, inhabitants and culture of a site, as well as enabling you to recycle and buy souvenirs and handmade products which contribute to the development of the local economy.