Is There Such a Thing as “Eco-travel”?
To travel, or not to travel? That is the question in our globally-conscious eco-conscious age, and it has become a catch-22 for many. To effect global-level change, we must travel to far-flung places. But in order to get there, we must take the planes, trains and automobiles that harm the environment.
The industry has responded to this with what they call “offsets,” i.e., planting x trees for y miles flown. Whether this actually reduces the carbon footprint though, is debatable.
So does being green mean we don’t travel at all? That would certainly be taking the local movement to the extreme.