Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Aware of the Environment


Aware of the Environment - Today the "Green Laws" of conservation are making people aware of how man and the environment can live symbiotically for more time to come and eco-tourism is the only way to maximize the economic, environmental and social benefits of tourism. Everyone is a stakeholder in the process and we clearly need to avoid our past shortcomings and negative impact that they have had.In India too the movement is gathering momentum with more and more travel and travel related organisation's are addressing the needs of the eco-tourists and promoting eco-tourism in the country. Some basic do's and don'ts of eco-tourism are listed below:

Do's

  • Carry back all non-degradable litter such as empty bottles, tins, plastic bags etc. These must not litter the environment or be buried. They must be disposed in municipal dustbins only.
  • Observe the sanctity of holy sites, temples and local cultures.
  • Cut noise pollution. Do not blare aloud radios, tape recorders or other electronic entertainment equipment in nature resorts, sanctuaries and wildlife parks.
  • In case temporary toilets are set-up near campsites, after defecation, cover with mud or sand. Make sure that the spot is at least 30 meters away from the water source.
  • Respect people's privacy while taking photographs. Ask for prior permission before taking a photograph.


Dont's

  • Do not take away flora and fauna in the forms of cuttings, seeds or roots. It is illegal, especially in the Himalayas. The environment is really delicate in this region and the bio-diversity of the region has to be protected at all costs.
  • Do not use pollutants such as detergent, in streams or springs while washing and bathing.
  • Do not use wood as fuel to cook food at the campsite.
  • Do not leave cigarettes butts or make open fires in the forests.
  • Do not consume aerated drinks, alcohol, drugs or any other intoxicant and throw bottles in the wild.
  • Do not tempt the locals, especially children by offering them foodstuff or sweets. Respect local traditions.
  • Polythene and plastics are non biodegradable and unhealthy for the environment and must not be used and littered.