A few weeks ago, during the global climate strike on September 20, I was just in Berlin for a few meetings. While walking through the city, I came across roads with hundreds of weather attackers. The city seemed alive with activists carrying signs of both humor and danger. People walking through the streets.
They were all visible to you, in your face, but it was also digital. The crowd and the conversation about it immediately got me informed of the urgency of the situation.
As a travel writer, who often takes long trips, I am fully aware of the personal impact it has on our world and our climate. Don’t get me wrong: there are many things I love about travel, but we have to be very aware of how it impacts our world today and in the future.
Reports from the World Climate Summit on September 20th claim that almost 4 million people attended, arguably the largest in our history. We need to spend more time consulting about our impact on the world, and below I have shared some of the ways I have tried to live a life of lasting – and things you can do as well as keep it Stay friendly and eco -dh see consciousness.
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10 things you can do right now
Vote for advanced candidates
Listen, we can talk about plastic chains and eating all the meat we wanted (don't worry, we'll be close to getting there on this list), but Elizabeth Warren made a strong case why we really need to make big changes – at the government level.
That is why voting for progressive candidates – those who support the New Deal and other policies designed to disrupt the status quo – has a huge impact on our environment. There are so many personal shopping habits that we can do for individuals, but it is up to our government to create changes to the way the world works.
Use public transport
Public transportation is very lucrative & # 39; s unfortunate. Whether you are traveling or not, using public transport options such as bus or subway will affect you. Moving people between locations is never easy, and taxis take over many areas and waste a lot of resources.
Take a few flights
As a travel advocate, you are not meant to see me saying that we will stop traveling. But we need to take more responsibility for how and where we travel. There are many times when flights are not important for getting from point A to point B. These are the examples we would prefer to take on airplanes.
Again: our personal actions and the decision to buy a plane or train is crucial. But more important is the choice of politicians who actively support high-speed infrastructure so that we can jointly change the impact of our environment on a community level.
Use a reusable water bottle
As long as I can remember, I really hate the water in the bottle. In fact, in some parts of the world (and parts of the United States, too), it is necessary because public water supplies are not safe, but too many people rely heavily on bottled water.
That's why I travel with a reusable water bottle. I use it every day at home, and as much as I can when traveling. Every day at home! There are portable water filters you can buy that are useful when walking or traveling in remote areas, but honestly: I just try to keep track of my plastic usage – and that's it. means using less plastic
Eat less meat
I went back to 2009 when I started this travel blog, expecting my biggest trip in the world and knew that it would require a lot of international flights, and I actually ate vegetables six months before I traveled.
Much has been written about the environmental impact of meat production, and from what I know about it, I am determined to both eat less meat and eat more regularly. That means food grown locally. The large network of food trucks has a & # 39; s impact, so if we minimize my personal effects, I'm happy.
This is also important when considering what seafood they eat. Seafood Watch & # 39; (and the website) can help you make better choices when eating seafood.
Reuse as much as you can
From my many years of living in Europe, if there was one tradition that I could say was influenced by me, it was a tradition of recycling. The Germans are recycling everything and this is the way things are going, so it's easy to do. In fact, it is stronger than the United States, but still important.
Removal of plastics and paper may seem like a comeback, but it will become more important in the future.
Recycling can be taken a step further, too. Do not simply throw things away; fix it (or fix it yourself)! I was very lost.
Your right to repair laws is inevitable and must be supported by your local and state governments. As long as we can reuse it, we will all be the best: environmentally and economically!
Skip the plastic bags
There was a lot of cultural shock when they returned to the United States, but the biggest was the use of plastic bags used in America. In the grocery store, meat and vegetables are permanently placed in their plastic bags, and then placed in another plastic bag that is double-taped to support the load. It's funny.
These days, I always have a few extra bags – along with my regular day bag. It’s important that you travel with them as well, because you never know what the little & # 39; knick-knack & # 39; that you may have as a reminder. Grab your purse and jump off the plastic.
Use reusable wires
When and if you can, you can also skip the rubber band by bringing your own. I see it frequently in coffee shops and cafes today, thanks to some public messages in support of ending the use of plastic.
A small shop
I have mentioned the above above, but if it is possible to fix things on your own, it is best for the environment to easily repair any damage. We throw out a lot of things I don't want or need anymore, when they can really be biking.
If we simply bought something we did not need, and focused on creating sustainable products for personal use, we will do well in the long run.
Be aware and learn what you can
There are many other things we can do to become better environmentalists, more natural products that we can and should use if we are at home or traveling. Being conscious is not difficult. There is a lot of information available, but as soon as you decide to make a living in an excellent environment, awareness itself will begin to take effect.
When you do something (for whatever reason), you are not expected to do it everything any time. That sounds almost impossible. Advocacy requires knowledge and awareness, and a responsibility to make those changes when possible.