What can we do as tourists to reduce our impact on the environment?

The Hummingfish Foundation brands and promotes community-based nature tourism as a means to help protect valuable unspoiled natural resources.

When communities have a financial stake in nature-based tourism, they have a financial incentive to protect those natural resources, which “adds value to nature.”
However, we as tourists are constantly consuming natural resources and producing carbon while on our holidays.  What can we do as tourists to reduce our impact on the environment?

We would like to ask you to share some tips that you use to reduce your impact on this earth.

Please post a comment below.

Dan Groshong
Founder, Director THF

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3 Responses to What can we do as tourists to reduce our impact on the environment?

  1. Dan Groshong says:

    I will start off by sharing a couple things that I do when I’m traveling to reduce my foot print. These things might seems small, but I think they help.

    One thing that I do, is bring my own earphones on the plane, so that I don’t have to use the ones provided by the airline. I also bring my own water bottle (empty), so that I don’t have to constantly use those nasty plastic glasses.

    When I’m at my destination, I always carry with me my own water bottle and ask restaurants to fill it for me.

    On a single trip, I can save 30 or 40 plastic bottles!

    Dan Groshong

  2. I asked my kids what they thought would be a good way to be a greener tourist and without hesitation, my six year old daughter said “stay with family.” What a great idea!

    I just returned from China, where I did a “home-stay” with a Tibetan family and I have to say, that it was pretty much carbon neutral. It was really basic living, but very nice.

    So that is another great way to be a greener tourist. “STAY WITH FAMILY.”

    Dan Groshong

  3. Eco-tourism can bring genuine benefits to the host country as well as added value for the tourist. Nevertheless, flying even short trips produces significant carbon emissions. Teng Hoi Conservation Organization has developed an offsetting system suitable for densely populated urban centres (such as Hong Kong) where planting trees to absorb carbon isn’t practical. Our system relies on carbon reductions that are generated by changing habits in schools to reduce consumption of electricity. We package these reductions as carbon credits which can be purchased by third parties when they need to offset their carbon emissions. This programme brings a range of benefits to the parties involved by adding genuine educational value to carbon reductions.