Exploring new places is a common theme with a majority of people worldwide, and as a reader of this blog you are too! Man has taken many strides across new lands, making some their own and others just passing by. Footprints are left behind all over the place, temporarily imprinting the traveler’s personal touch into the land.
That should be where it ends, with a temporary imprint. However, many tourists and travelers alike sometimes forget that these are areas occupied either by people, animals, plants, or a combination of the three. Many leave more than footprints as they trespass new lands, and this is why there is a distant echo working its way forward, louder and louder.
The voice yells out “EcoTravel”, and there needs to be a conversation about it, for it has been ignored for too long.
What is this EcoTravel?
We all have a responsibility to ensure that the land we step on is not worse after we leave.”
Well, obviously this mashed up word comes from traveling while having the environment and ecology in mind. On a broader scope, it encompasses everything, from the individual traveler to the larger tour groups. Everybody has a responsibility to ensure that the land we step on is not worse after we leave.
Globalization has done some wondrous things, bring people to lands that were once thought impossible to reach. This, however, has caused some unique problems and culprits seem to treat the world as their stomping ground, with a certain lack of respect for what is keeping them alive and able to seek adventure and explore.
Why is it important?
Let’s just say you take two trips a year on average, small or large, from your 22nd birthday and you live to be 80. It equates to a total of 116 trips across the course of your lifetime. Then imagine that you leave one piece of trash on average per trip you make, giving rise to 116 pieces of trash anywhere across the world. Not too bad, right?
Now think about the net population growth. Over 200,000 people are added to the population daily (approximately 140 per minute), taking into account births and deaths. Purely based on people who share your exact same birthday and applying the average across, the world is looking at 23.2million bits of rubbish left behind somewhere on its surface area, based purely on the people that come to being in a day.
That is why it is important to take individual responsibility.
(Also applies to carbon emission per person, and any positive steps that are taken toward lowering/offsetting the carbon footprint)
SeventyOne Magazine helps!
SeventyOne Magazine is entirely dedicated not only to travelers looking to explore the stunning islands of the Philippines but also being responsible for doing so. Not only do they actively promote ways to conserve and ways to cut down the carbon footprint, they are also affiliated with quite a few marine conservation projects!
Yes, it is impossible to change anybody’s course of action outwardly. However, it is possible to inform and educate, so people can learn to make calculated decisions.
Here at The Wave, there is quite the heavy focus on what goes on under the surface of the ocean. Out of sight does not mean out of mind, especially when it comes to the oceans, as many depend on it for food and survival. As such, there is an explicit need for previous generations AND this one to protect the ocean and its inhabitants as there is a selfish reason to do so.
- Do make a concerted effort to use reusable bags whenever possible, and choose biodegradable every time! Almost everybody has seen the horrifying footage of turtles being fished out of the water deformed from beer can holders, or with plastic straws stuck up their nostrils. For every one saved, there are many others that go unnoticed in the deep, wide ocean, so extra care must be taken.
- Find out if what you are eating is sustainably caught or not! Do a little research on some of the endangered fish or fish caught by destructive means and do not purchase and consume them. If in doubt, ask! More and more Filipinos are becoming aware of the importance of preserving life under the blue waters and will be willing to help where they can.
- Finally, do check out SeventyOne Magazine and its marine conservation projects! Who knows, there may be one going on where you are planning travel to, and it is an awesome way to not only pass time but also do something good for the environment!
Remember: Every decision comes with an ounce or two of consequence, and subsequently regret. If you make the right choices now, your next adventure could be good not only for you but for the planet, too.