Holiday season is finally upon us which means plenty of sun, fun and ice cream!
But with all that fun, it's sometimes easy to forget the things that matter, like looking after our planet. So, if you're off exploring another corner of the world this summer, be sure to take care of it too. There are plenty of ways you can enjoy new places whilst keeping it green - here are our top 5:
Item number 1
Getting There - Ditch the Plane
Everyone knows flying is pretty bad for the environment. So why not jump on the train to your destination? And if trains aren't your thing, you could try car sharing. There are plenty of services that link people up so you can have a nice chat and split the petrol costs.
Planes produce the most harmful pollution during take off and landing, so if you can't avoid flying, be sure to take the most direct route.
Item number 2
Getting Around - On Your Bike
If you're exploring the area, travel low carbon style. Try hiring some bikes and get to know the local sights and smells. Or get on board with the public transport. It should be easy to find out about buses in advance with the powers of Google, asking your hotel or *gasp* talking to a local person.
Item number 3
Packing - Buy Stuff That'll Last Beyond the Holiday
It's really easy to go out and buy cheap new sunglasses or swimwear for your holiday, and then chuck them out when you come home. But all the things we buy have their own carbon footprints. Buy things that might last a few summer holidays, and look after them inbetween.
Item number 4
Eating - Go Local
It's always fun to try out new types of food on holiday. So avoid food that's been shipped hundreds of miles to get to your plate. Try sampling the dishes that are local to the region using fresh seasonal produce.
Item number 5
Staying - Be Smart with Energy at Your Hotel
All the same rules apply to saving energy at home as they do on holiday. You probably don't need clean sheets and towels every day, make sure you turn the TV off standby, don't blast the AC up to 11 all night - you know the drill. You could also do a cheeky bit of activism and ask your hotel or place you're staying what they're doing about climate change.
Got any green suggestions of your own? Let us know in the comments below!
This blog was written by our climate activist pals over at 10:10.