Happy 40th anniversary Earth Day. Whether we are arm chair budget travelers or on the road, we all need to think about our planet. This may seem idealistic and naive to some, but I’m a firm believer that we can have a huge impact on improving our environment one person at a time.
I’m often appalled at some of the environmental abuse I see when traveling through South East Asia. As beautiful as these countries are there is also a staggering amount of environmental ugliness. I think some of this can be solved simply by some conscious thought on the part of travelers in these parts.
This past winter I discovered MacDonald’s coffee in Chiang Mai. I know, I know…………MacDonald’s….how could I? Well, their coffee is good and it is a heck of a lot cheaper than the neighboring Starbucks. However, I digress.
Everyday I would get my coffee, and everyday the server would give me creamer, sugar, and a stir stick. Everyday I would give the stuff back. I drink my coffee black, so I have no need for any of it. I’ve gotten to the point that whenever I get take-out, if I’m given something I won’t use I give it back. Do you?
I was also in Kuta Beach this winter. I will probably never go back. Standing taking a photograph of a beautiful sunset I realized I was surrounded by discarded plastic straws. Every where I went I noticed that restaurants and convenience stores were giving out plastic straws. Plastic breaks down so slowly, so these straws will be around for a long time to come. Why businesses don’t use paper straws is beyond me. I now refuse plastic straws whenever and wherever they are offered. Do you?
I was in Seoul last week at a wonderful traditional restaurant with their own garden. We should all be growing more whenever and wherever we can. Here’s a shot of that beautiful tiny oasis in the heart of Seoul.
Post a comment, and let me know what you do to help to save this planet we call home.
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