Vacation Carbon Footprint
When you’re deciding where to go on your vacation, chances are that you choose a destination partly due to the beautiful environment. Tourism is dependent on intact ecosystems. Tropical beaches, vibrant, beautiful vistas and other natural elements are key motivators for vacation choices. What would happen if something negatively impacted your favorite location?
Here is a list of simple things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint:
- Reduce Travel Emissions: Use public transportation, and if you need to rent a vehicle, choose a hybrid car. For shorter distances you could rent a bicycle or simply walk; you will be surprised at how much more you will notice along your route.
- Buy Local: A good way you get to know the local culture, enjoy new experiences, and even save money is to buy and use local products and frequent local establishments. It’s often a rewarding choice, not only in terms of financial and carbon savings, but because of the unforgettable experiences you gain. If it's locally grown, it didn't have to travel very far, whereas imported products are a huge contributor to global carbon emissions.
- Pay Attention to Packaging: Purchase products with minimal packaging and take reusable bags for carrying your goods. For example, you may choose to buy the loose mangos rather than boxed or plastic-wrapped ones.
- Ditch Bottled Water: Bottled water has a huge carbon footprint. Rely on a reusable water bottle and when you visit restaurants and bars, ask for their own filtered water rather than bottled water.
- Reduce Your Water Consumption: You can make a huge difference by taking shorter showers and turning off the water when brushing your teeth.
- Engage in Low-Impact Recreation: While enjoying the outdoors, consider walking and biking instead of renting a scooter. Enjoy the water by sailing, kayaking, snorkeling, or surfing, or an energy-efficient Pensacola Bay Cruise.
- Leave It Better Than You Found It: Pick up trash as you go, volunteer for a beach cleanup day, or make a donation to a local environmental organization. Support local efforts to improve the environment and leave your vacation feeling good about your experience.