Ten Commandments on Eco-Tourism
Whether you are travelling on business, pleasure or a bit of both, the citizens of the world would be grateful if you would respect the ten commandments of world travel and eco-tourism:
- Respect the frailty of the earth. Unique and beautiful destinations may not be here for future generations to enjoy unless all are willing to help in its preservation.
- Patronize those (hotels, airlines, resorts, cruise lines, tour operators and suppliers) who advance energy conservation; promote water and air quality; provide recycling; manage waste and toxic materials safely for people and the environment; practice noise abatement; encourages community involvement; and provides experienced, well-trained staff dedicated to strong principles of conservation.
- Learn about and support conservation-oriented programs and organizations working to preserve the environment and the local culture. Consider a volunteer vacation where you could volunteer to help the local community during a portion of your vacation.
- Walk or utilize environmentally-sound methods of transportation whenever possible.
- Encourage drivers of public vehicles to stop engines when parked and not idle.
- Leave only footprints. Take only photographs. No graffiti! No litter! Do not take away "souvenirs" from historical sites and natural areas.
- To make your travels more meaningful educate yourself about the geography, customs, manners and cultures of the region you visit. Take time to listen to the people. Encourage local conservation efforts.
- Respect the privacy and dignity of others. Inquire before photographing people.
- Do not buy products made from endangered plants or animals, such as ivory, tortoise shell, animal skins, and feathers.
- Always follow designated trails. Do not disturb animals, plants or their natural habitats.
Travel is a natural right of all people and is a crucial ingredient of world peace and understanding and with that right comes responsibilities. ASTA encourages the growth of socially responsible, sustainable tourism, and environmentally-friendly travel.
See ASTA's Green Program Web page for more information about ecotourism and traveling green.