How to Preserve Wildlife On Your Travel Destination: Eco-Travel
Unintended consequences can be heart-wrenching, especially regarding wildlife in endangered, pristine locations. Many world travelers who seek out these eco-travel destinations have witnessed what happens when tourists invade these beautiful natural habitats. Within a few years they become over-populated, over-developed, and bereft of the natural beauty that created the attraction.
As responsible global citizens, our deepest desire is to protect and preserve these areas so we can appreciate and enjoy them. When we consciously create this, it can be a benefit to everyone – the community, the location and the natural habitats that these areas have previously preserved. It is important to create eco-travel plans, and before you go, to learn about the environment, culture and wildlife.
Create A Conscious Eco-Travel Plan
In the same way we learn the language spoken by the people we meet – the only way to get to know a new community and protect the local wildlife, is to understand the local pressures on the economy and how your presence influences the preservation of these natural habitats. When fertile and verdant land is seized by tourism, wildlife is also displaced. Unsustainable tourism practices are one of the biggest causes of global wildlife destruction.
What can we do to protect the environment and all living things? Become informed; learn about your destination. Are hotels built where the landscape disappears because too many tourists travel to these locations? Has the local economy improved or are vendors taking advantage of eco-travellers by allowing corporations to build on the location in order to usurp its intrinsic value? When you do the research on your desired eco travel vacation, it’s easy to consciously choose a location that is green and friendly to the environment and natural habitats.
Some tips to start your research:
- Investigate the environmental history of your potential hotel
- Research companies in the area and their local and international reputation
- Find out how well local staff are being treated – and report abuses
- Follow the money trail to find out who is sponsoring unsustainable local development and report them
- Double-check on the reputation of any company claiming to be eco-travel specialists
It may sound like work, but how else will we protect the ecosystem and natural world? When we choose how we spend eco-travel dollars in a fully-informed manner, we can become the solution, and participate as an active member of the global community.