In the past few years, “green” has taken on a whole
meaning. It’s not just a color, but an environmental catchphrase for a
or product that has little impact on the environment. The key ideas are:
this behavior or product sustainable? Responsible? Respectful? Lonely
the well-known go-to-guide for adventuresome travelers worldwide,
responsible tourism thusly:
“Responsible tourism can be more-or-less defined as travel that takes into consideration the issues of:
Environment: travel that minimizes negative environmental impacts and, where possible, makes positive contributions to the conservation of biodiversity, wilderness, natural and human heritage.
Social/Cultural: travel that respects culture and traditions and fosters authentic interaction and greater understanding between travelers and hosts.
Economic: travel that has financial benefits for the host community and operates on the principles of fair trade.”
That’s a lot to think about. But here are a few things you can do on any trip to reduce your negative impact.
From the June 2012 issue.