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11. Posted by Kayla1 (Budding Member 44 posts) 7y

my my..i have prompted quite a debate!.

I agree that green should be part of a lifestyle choice, and that it is up to everyone to do something and not governments alone.

I think there is a difference here between responsible travel, (how you behave and what you do one you are at a destination), and green travel (the mode of transport you use to get there). I'm all for responsible travel and ethical choices, but am wondering what we as a 'travellers community' can do to promote more environmentally friendly modes of travel, or if we can check that our offsetting of flights does actually go to offset??.

Although aviation is a small contributor, its still a contributor and one that we have control over, whereas we dont have direct influence on the others e.g. power generation, deforestation etc. You cant deny that as travellers we contribute to that % that is caused by aviation...the point I'm trying to make is don't we all have a responsibility here?.

I'm not telling anyone to not travel, I think we should all travel far and wide...and I dont have the answers, i dont think anyone does at this point in time...even though i may not agree with some of the above its good to hear different views.

12. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 7y

Kayla1,

I have to disagree somewhat with a few of your statements. I'm all for taking responsibility and doing what I can, but when it comes to affecting aviation's 1.3% of the problem, not much an individual can do except to stay home. Fact is, aviation in its own self-interest, is doing pretty much all it can to get "greener". With more and more people deciding to buy & build homes close to major airports, there's growing pressure (and lots of it!) for jetliners to become much quieter, which means more efficient engines, and thus automatically less polution. If the manufacturers of jets & engines don't comply, they would be in deep trouble, so they put a lot of money and effort into new technology. It's a gradual process and won't happen overnight but there have been major advances in just the last generation.

And while we may not have much, if any, control over the effects of deforestation for instance, we most definitely do have personal control over some of the others, like power generation. This is something that each and every one of us can have a control over on a daily basis. Last year, my wife and I decided to see if we could reduce our outrageous electric bill (electricity is VERY expensive here), so we paid VERY close attention to everything that involved electricity. Not using certain household appliances (like the dishwasher, washing machine & drier) unless necessary, not turning on lights, TV, etc. unless we really needed to. During one month, we were able to reduce our electric bill by about 40%! I was amazed. When you look at the 25% that powerplants contribute, and how much control we have over what electricity we use, this is obviously something we can have a much more immediate control over. Another obvious area is how much we use our cars (MUCH more of a problem than jetliners). Again, think and plan ahead, and many of our little trips to the neighborhood store etc. can be combined, or eliminated.

I'm sure there are many other ways as well!;)

[ Edit: Edited on 22-May-2009, at 09:58 by bgl ]

13. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 7y

Whilst aviation might only contribute 1.3% overall including industry and agriculture, for most people who fly a couple of times a year that couple of flights will take up a fairly significant proportion of their personal carbon footprint. That and the steaks.

Personally I'd rather travel overland but it normally isn't practicable for working people who travel long-haul, due to the time constraints. I find train travel within europe far preferable to flying personally. I have to admit though I'll be flying to Croatia this year, but it will be the first time I've flown since 2007.

14. Posted by cindyjoe (Inactive 23 posts) 7y

I wish to travel the green way, any useful advice?

15. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

It's a debate - but no real, or practical, argument. The world, planet (whatever you wanna call it), is shot. It's all the human race's doing.
In the meantime.... I'll be dead in 60 years time or so. My contribution to saving Mother Earth was both ignored and criticised by so many, that from now on I'm just gonna live my life as I'd like to - and let everyone else that either turned their back on my pleas - or never saw the problems until now.... get on with it.
Must go - about to open another bottle. Peace.

16. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

It's a debate - but no real, or practical, argument. The world, planet (whatever you wanna call it), is shot. It's all the human race's doing.
In the meantime.... I'll be dead in 60 years time or so. My contribution to saving Mother Earth was both ignored and criticised by so many, that from now on I'm just gonna live my life as I'd like to - and let everyone else that either turned their back on my pleas - or never saw the problems until now.... get on with it.
Must go - about to open another bottle. Peace.

I can't afford to pay the entrance fees of national parks. They call it a world heritage site, but I need to have a SCANDINAVIAN salary to afford the luxury of trekking in package tour realms.

So I am leaving that EARTH SAVING to AL GORE and MADONNA.

The problem with the whole save the world thing, is that it becomes too political and it attracts a lot of hypocrites.

17. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

I'm 27 and have never owned a car. and don't plan on owning one in the near future. I've been riding a bike to work for like 9 years. that covers my ass...and keeps it in shape!

18. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Quoting Cool Paul

I'm 27 and have never owned a car. and don't plan on owning one in the near future. I've been riding a bike to work for like 9 years. that covers my ass...and keeps it in shape!

if your ass in shape why cover it?

19. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

Quoting Swept Away

Quoting Cool Paul

I'm 27 and have never owned a car. and don't plan on owning one in the near future. I've been riding a bike to work for like 9 years. that covers my ass...and keeps it in shape!

if your ass in shape why cover it?

I actually ride a bike with nothing but a banana hammock

20. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

I'll start biking it to work - when the politicians get rid of their V8's and get Tatas.