Sustainable Travel is described in three parts called the Triple Bottom Line:
- Socio Cultural
The goal of Sustainable to create a Positive Triple Bottom Line. These fall under the areas of conservation, social benefit, profit and gain. As tourists visits the destination, sustainable tourism protects the culture by not exploiting the local people. The resources for the locals are not tapped. Traveler's learn about their host country and preserve the local culture. It is important to care about the local destination where as the country benefits from the travel. Travel and Tourism make up the largest industry to our neighboring destinations. Without responsible travel the culture deteriorate The Host communities experience change of loss of indigenous identity and values. The exploitation of resources conflicts with their traditions and land use. The economic leakage of tourism expenditures locally creates price inflation. This creates dependency on tourism. Additionally, natural depletion of natural resources and pollution become more intensified or unsustainable thus creating alteration of ecosystems and global climate changes.
"Uniformed tourists and travel companies contribute directly to pollution. This creates unsustainable use of land and depletion of Natural Resources-UNWTO"
The solution is to inform the tourists. Consider personal values, quality and convenience. Select Eco-friendly products. 85% of Americans are environmentally conscious -Y partnership 2008. 4% of US traveler's consider environmental impact to be important- Phocus Wright 2001. 36% of Americans regularly buy green products. Traveler's are going green-Mintel 2008. 4 of 10 shift to travel suppliers who demonstrates environmental responsibility.
Recognize Sustainable Travel Companies:
Sustainable Travel Checklist
- Environmental Sustainability Policy
- Local Economy
- Cultural Heritage Preservation
- Obvious and Easy to Find
- Support Environmental Issues
- Educate Customers
- Raise Environmental Awareness
- Cultural Heritage
- Training for Staff
- Conservation-how does it affect Global Climate
- Change-Reduce or offset green use
- Efficient Renewable Energy
Use local owners. Are the staff from local communities, & the local lodges?
Consider the cultural heritage.
Donate to a cause to preserve the culture
How can you integrate sustainability? What are ways to integrate green & why is sustainability good?
On a personal level consider how much sustainability is in your personal life. Find environmentally friendly products. Frequent energy efficient establishments. These establishments will be concerned with a reduction in waste.
- Neutral Climate
- Zero Waste
- Green Waste
- Travel Philanthropy & Volunteerism
- Sustainable Assessments
- Supply Chain Management
Sustainable companies consider the climate by using carbon offset projects or CO2. They invest in renewable energy. Carbon offsets and green tags are second bests.
Carbon offsets are mechanisms by which the impact of emitting a ton of CO2 can be negated or diminished bye avoiding release of a ton elsewhere or absorbing a ton of C)2 from the air that otherwise would have remain in the atmosphere.
Green Tags-Renewable Energy Certificates Carbon offset benefits -Diversity power supply and reduce dependency on imported fuels. Support development of resources and technology that do not pollute and contribute to sustainable developments. There is an increase in demand for renewable energy technology.
Carbon Footprint Assessments -GHG emissions. Custom Carbon Calculators quote the cost of offsetting trips. For example the quote of the cost of offsetting renting a car to the rental room. It could be more to rent a car than just renting a room and seeing the are via motor coach or walking.
Zero Wastes is a sustainable approach to Waste Disposal. It takes the whole picture to account and emulates natural cyclical process.
Travel Philanthropy and Volunteerism-donate financial resources or visit a destination.
Provides participation in an environment.
What to look for in Travel Suppliers that support Sustainable Tourism
- Fuel Savings
- Bio Fuel Reserves
- Greenhouse Gas reduction
- Waste Management
- Reduce & Manage Waste
- Implement Energy & Water Conservation
- Renewable Energy
- Build w/Green Materials
- Active Steps to Green Supply Chains
- Fuel Savings
- Waste Management Programs
- Renewable Energy
- Carbon Offsets
Be wary of Green Washing- Companies that tout promotion of Sustainable Tourism and responsible travel but more than they really are.
Remember the triple bottom line
- Protect the Environment
- Preserve Cultural Heritage
- Promote Economic Development