Do your bit for the environ, even when you travel!
04 Feb 2017, New Indian Express: ECOLOGIC- Pavitra Sriprakash, the Chief Designer and Director of Shilpa Architects writes about sustainable travel and tourism.
The word ‘ecotourism’, like ‘sustainable tourism’, is an oxymoron. Tourists travel by air, which carries a high carbon footprint. If we are willing to look past the air travel’s footprint, sustainable travel can be defined as a trip where people interact with natural environments while remaining socially and environmentally sustainable. Destinations with flora, fauna, and cultural attractions are usually primary attractions and hence vulnerable to abuse. Often these locations reveal the impact people have on the environment, which should foster a greater appreciation of our natural habitats. What really sets a sustainable tourist apart from the regulars is that he is sensitive and mindful of the environment and is willing to contribute to their overall sustainability and preservation.