Five in five We get down to the nitty gritty of what it means to travel sus­tain­ably in five ques­tions in five min­utes with from Wildlife Tourism Aus­tralia.

Australian Traveller - - Shortcuts - 1. What does eco travel ac­tu­ally mean? 2. Why should we care? 3. What do we need to do? 4. I don’t al­ways travel sus­tain­ably, should I have eco-guilt? 5. What are three easy things we can do to be more re­spon­si­ble?

It’s try­ing to min­imise any neg­a­tive im­pacts on fauna, flora and habi­tat, so that ac­tiv­i­ties can con­tinue for decades with­out chang­ing the be­hav­iour of the an­i­mals, the num­bers of species, the wa­ter qual­ity or the scenic value. Firstly, it can af­fect fu­ture travel. If we don’t travel sus­tain­ably, some of the very rea­sons we visit places will grad­u­ally dis­ap­pear. We also have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to the places we visit to avoid af­fect­ing other an­i­mals and the en­vi­ron­ment. Choose travel op­tions that are eco-cer­ti­fied or have con­vinc­ing state­ments about their com­mit­ment to the en­vi­ron­ment. We can min­imise our im­pacts by not lit­ter­ing, not feed­ing wildlife and be­ing un­ob­tru­sive to an­i­mals. We can also buy lo­cal foods and other prod­ucts to ben­e­fit the res­i­dents of the area, and be gen­er­ally re­spect­ful of lo­cal peo­ple and places that are sa­cred; it’s dis­re­spect­ful to climb Uluru for in­stance. If we gen­er­ally choose eco-friendly op­tions, we don’t have to be ab­so­lutely purist about ev­ery de­tail, ev­ery day. We can in­dulge in a bit of ex­tra lux­ury now and then. Choose ac­com­mo­da­tion, tours and wildlife parks that have some eco-cer­ti­fi­ca­tion or that make it clear they’re ded­i­cated to pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment. Re­duce fos­sil fu­els by buy­ing lo­cal food and us­ing public trans­port. And be care­ful not to in­flu­ence an­i­mal be­hav­iour by scar­ing them or feed­ing them out­side of des­ig­nated ar­eas.

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