If you are travelling, ensure that you don’t pollute the environment or leave a high carbon footprint. Visit these five places that are known for their sustainable, eco-friendly practices.
Travelling may be fun, but travellers often damage the environment consciously or unconsciously. And while cities are the first to suffer from environmental degradation, the damage will sooner or later reach the interiors of our planet as well. One of the best ways to prevent that is to travel to places that are sustainable, so that you don’t leave a huge carbon footprint, and certainly not leave the place much worse than it was.
Here are places that you can visit:
Sadhana Forest, Pondicherry: The Sadhana Forest community focuses on water conservation and reforestation of Auroville land which has been eroded heavily. It relies on volunteers who come to work there all through the year from across India. As a volunteer, you can live in eco-huts and work towards recreating the indigenous forests of the place. The community makes use of solar and wind energy, as well as recycled water to rear fish. There are compostable toilets on the premises and minimal wastage of water.
Farm Kamp, Tamil Nadu: At this eco-friendly stay, plants and trees are marked with their botanical name, and guests are given insights about them. You can feed farm animals, milk cows, gather eggs and do other activities which help you understand how to run an actual farm.
Inkaterra, Tampopata National Reserve, Peru: The Inkaterra Guides Field Station at the national reserve was earlier a research location and now welcomes volunteers from all around the world. It leads conservation projects based on local flora and fauna. There are visits to model farms and volunteers work closely with locals.
Bhutan: Tourists love visiting Bhutan but the tiny country believes in a low impact form of tourism that doesn’t harm the environment. Travellers to Bhutan need to book their visit through an approved tour operator who then arranges for travelling across the country. The carrier Druk Air offers only limited flights from a few cities in Asia. And during the off season, visitors have to pay a daily tariff which covers hotel stay, meals, a tour guide, transportation, and equipment for treks. Part of this tariff is redirected for sustainable tourism as well as health-care and education.
Soneva Fushi, Maldives: Established in 1995, Soneva Fushi is a luxury hideaway located within Maldives’ UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. In 2017, it was named as the most eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable hotel in the Asia Pacific by Green Hotelier. The island resort has been carbon neutral since 2012 and heavily invests in carbon-offset projects. It is also self-sufficient in terms of rainwater collection and desalination.