Travelling Green

Project Ecotourism provides a brief introduction to what it means to travel green. There is a handy dos and don'ts list that I find useful and will therefore borrow (it's all for the greater good after all!):

 Questions to Ask Yourself
  • Do you buy products that are traditional and not made from wildlife?
  • Do you show proper respect for local traditions and ceremonies?
  • Do you support local tour guides?
  • Do you donate to local conservation centers?
  • Do you keep the area clean by not littering?
  • Do you help local environmental organizations?
  • Do you use the same resources as native people?
  • Do you stay in local homes or establishments not run by multinational corporations?
  • Are you courteous to local residents and fellow travelers?
  • Bring useful gifts (books for libraries, eyeglasses & medicine for clinics, pens for students, supplies for research stations and used & new clothing for orphanages).

Questions to Ask Your Tour Company
  • Have they initiated ways to reduce waste, garbage and water pollution?
  • Do they offer publicity for local causes and volunteer activities, even if they don't benefit financially?
  • Do they administer educational, health, and cultural preservation programs in the areas visited?
  • Do they hire local guides, speakers, artists, and teachers?
  • Are they willing to tell local guides and operators not to engage in ecologically harmful practices?
  • Do they provide information about endangered species and illegally traded products?
  • Are they members of networks and coalitions such as Educational Communications' Project Ecotourism?
  • Do they inform their clients about local customs, dress and behavior patterns so that they can be observed?
  • Do they evaluate the effects of their trips on the local ecosystems and local inhabitants, and are they willing to share the results?
  • Do they transport educational materials to local schools and equipment to rural clinics?
  • Do the trips strictly observe local regulations?
  • Are the hotels, transport agencies, restaurants and shops to be patronized locally-owned? Do they engage in unethical activities, such as keeping captive animals on the premises?
  • Do the newer hotels fit into the local natural settings? Do they reflect cultural motifs in their architectural design? Are they constructed of native materials?
The International Ecotourism Society
Be a concious traveller and learn how to contribute to a sustainable future, conservation and communities.

Green Travel Resources
Great collection of links for those who wishes to contribute to a better world, including advices, organizations, eco-friendly accomodation and tour operators.

Ecological & Green Moroccan Holidays
An affordable eco hotel owned by a local Berber family located by the lake of Bin el Ouidane in the Middle Atlas Mountains, all in traditional Berber style. Offering kayaking, fishing, field trips, climbing and more.

The picture with the tree is borrowed from