Many of us would like to think that we are well educated in how to do our bit for the environment, whether it be regularly recycling at home, or making the effort to buy items with more eco-friendly packaging. When planning a holiday however, is the environment something that we take into consideration?
How you travel, where you go and what you do when you get there can all have an impact on the world around us and this has led to the growth of so-called eco-tourism.
Flying is a known contributor to climate change. In 2006, air travel accounted for 6.4 per cent of the UK’s emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the greenhouse gas causing climate change – and this could increase, with emissions rising to around 10 per cent of the UK’s total CO2 emissions by 2020.
Offset your carbon
Of course, flying is often quickest and there may not be a practical alternative. You could consider paying an extra charge when you book a flight to offset damage caused by flying – the money could typically be spent on green energy projects or renewing forestry in the developing world.
It’s been said that budget airlines can be less damaging because of their efficiency – they tend to have newer fleets, higher densities of seats and direct flights. But, it still involves flying, so you might want to be open to travelling by train, ferry or coach – or take your holiday in the UK.