Travelling is an important opportunity to discover new strengths and abilities, take on new challenges, and solve problems with a globally minded lens. However, it is important to be aware of the unsustainable impact travelling can have on the environment and cultures you are visiting. Check out the resources below to find more ways to think sustainable while you go global.
“Sustainable tourism” isn’t just about the environment, it also encompasses having a positive impact on the culture and economies you are visiting. Source. Sustainable tourism focuses on interacting authentically with local culture and prioritizing local traditions, natural resources, and residents.
Sustainable travel can be defined in a variety of different ways:
What can we do to reduce our carbon footprint and travel more sustainably?
Reflect on your travel experience and what you learned from the new place you went to, the people you met, and the lessons you learned while abroad. Reflect on your role as a Global Citizen in Humber’s free Certificate.
Only travel when necessary. Instead, you can utilize online networking, teleconferences and online learning opportunities. Utilize the great virtual opportunities here at Humber!
Spend a longer period in one place to avoid over polluting with lots of extra travel. Get to know the local area well and have more opportunities to travel on foot and on bike while making sustainable choices. Improve your intercultural competency skills and have international experiences while staying at home. You can expand your personal and professional network among a global community of students, Humber faculty and industry experts.
United Nations SDG Goals
How to Travel More Sustainably - Conde Nast Traveller
Voluntourism: The Good and The Bad, World Vision
Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait by Chris Jordan