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Sustainable Traveler

The big question is whether you can continue your travels in the same way, in the coming decade as environmental changes increase

How much do you think you know what sustainable travel is?

35 Airports are Carbon Neutral

There are 15,000 airports in the world

No Airlines are Carbon Neutral - yet

There are 5,000 airlines in the world

No Railways are Carbon Neutral - yet

There are 35,000 trains in the world

Of 195 Countries
on 7 Continents

in the World

  • There are 23 countries in North America.
  • Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Canada, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, United States, hope to achieve it by 2050.
  • There are 44 countries in Europe. 
  • Finland hopes to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035.
  • Austria and Iceland by 2040.
  • Germany and Sweden by 2045.
  • Andorra, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Vatican City, by 2050.
  • The European Union hopes to achieve it by 2050.
  • Ukraine hopes to achieve it by 2060.
  • There are 48 countries in Asia. 
  • Bhutan is the first to achieve carbon neutrality. 
  • Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Japan, Laos, Lebanon, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, South Korea, Timor-Leste, Uzbekistan, Yemen hope to achieve it by 2050.
  • China hopes to achieve it by 2060.
  • Kazakhstan by 2060
  • Singapore by 2050-2100.

There are no countries in the land mass known as Antartica but 7 nations claim parts of it; New Zealand, Australia, France, Norway, the United Kingdom, Chile, and Argentina.

  • There are 54 countries in Africa.
  • Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, hope to achieve it by 2050.
  • There are 14 countries in Oceania.
  • Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, hope to achieve it by 2050.
  • Australia hopes to achieve it between 2050-2100.
  • There are 12 countries in South America. 
  • Suriname is the first to achieve carbon neutrality. 
  • Uruguay hopes to achieve it by 2030.
  • Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, hope to achieve it by 2050.

137 countries

Are committed to achieving carbon neutrality

How will climate change affect your travels?

It’s not a matter of “if” it will happen, because it’s already affecting our environment. If you’re like me, an adventurous person who loves to travel freely, and has a social conscience about where you can make a difference in the world we share, then read on to learn what you can do.

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Research Your Options

Key to any sustainable travel is research and planning. For example, you can choose certain hotels that are green-certified or participate in sustainable practices. 

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Purchase Carbon Offsets

By purchasing carbon offsets before you travel, you can learn what your carbon footprint would be on a set of flights, for example. This helps defray the carbon emissions.

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Leave No Trace

If you are going somewhere “off-the-beaten-path” then please remember to leave no trace behind. Keep places pristine by disposing of trash properly.

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