Earth Day 2021: What does an ethical holiday look like now?

earth day 2021 what does an ethical holiday look like now

Coronavirus has given us a chance to reflect and focus our minds on how the choices we make impact the world around us. An August 2020 report from management consultancy Accenture showed that consumers have “dramatically evolved”, and that 60 per cent of people are making more environmentally friendly, sustainable, or ethical purchases since the start of the pandemic.

With travel back on the horizon and many of us desperate to get away, I’m hopeful that the choices we make when planning our holiday will look very different than they did before. In the same way as we want to know the provenance of our food or fashion, we need to be sure our holiday does not come at the expense of the planet.

So what does an ethical holiday look like? For starters, flying less. We know that before the pandemic the tourism industry was responsible for roughly 8 per cent of the world’s carbon emissions, much of which was caused by flying.

While getting on a plane might be inevitable to explore the world sometimes, there is a great deal of room to be more intentional and responsible about it. You can choose to spend more time in a destination when going long-haul to extend the value of your flights, and you can also look for alternative transport options where possible…

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