‘Eco-arm' Your Home While You Travel
Many consumers have become more eco-friendly with their travel plans over the recent years. From the boom of more environmentally friendly hotel and holiday destinations to finding more energy conserving ways to travel, such as utilizing public transportation rather than renting private vehicles. But as a whole, have we thought of the adjustments we can make in our home while we are away? These little changes are not only greener solutions but some of them can also save you a bit of money.
5 Destinations Future Generations May Not Know About
One of the largest biological organisms in the world, the Great Barrier Reef is visible from outer space... but it might not be for long. Other than the sporadic oil spills which severely damage the reef, Australia's popular tourist destination is being affected daily by pollution, resulting in declining water quality. Littering tourists and excessive fishing are to blame for the reef's decline but 90% of the pollution is due to ‘farm run-off'. Farm run-off is when contaminated soil is flooded from rain and flows over the land into nearby rivers. Vast tracts of the reef have been polluted and without the proper care, future generations will be left with little to see of the once-thriving reef.
Today, there is an increased awareness of environmental impacts of agriculture, with heavy criticisms made on the amount of inefficient water usage, as well as harmful pesticides, herbicides and fungicides used in farming. Many unsustainable farming methods are the source of eutrophication and soil degradation in the environment. On the other hand, farming is a necessity, and although it could be improved and made more sustainable, no one can say that we don't need farms.
Waterfalls may be seen as some of the most beautiful river formations in the world. They are essentially places where the river water drops sharply, due to a sudden change in the river gradient. There are many different types of waterfalls of various forms.
It is common when traveling to areas with large numbers of insects, mosquitoes etc. to apply insect repellent. In fact, it is often advised; especially in areas where diseases such as typhus and malaria are prominent.
Mangroves are being exploited and destroyed today to be converted to farmland; other causes for destruction include logging and shrimp farming. Destruction of mangroves not only damages the immediate ecosystem, it may also affect habitats such as coral reefs located further into the sea by raising sediment levels.