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Ninety percent of travelers in a recent Expedia survey said they search for sustainable options when planning their trip, but 70% said they were overwhelmed by the process. Whether you’ve been traveling sustainably for more than a decade or you’re taking your first step, StayVerde makes it easier for you to travel more sustainably.
StayVerde hosts a discussion of a short article about sustainable travel the first Thursday of each month. All travelers are welcome so we can all learn from each other.
This month’s topic
We’ll discuss Ketti Wilhelm’s article about traveling in Greece with microplastics researchers. Ketti will join us to share the behind-the-scenes story of crashing her drone in the Mediterranean (unintentionally adding to the plastic waste the team was researching) and arguing with the researchers about whether individual actions matter or if the plastics problem is too big for individuals to influence. For the record, I’m with Ketti on this one and not the researcher. I’m curious if you agree!
What do you think is the best “bang for your buck” individual action a traveler can take to be more sustainable? In the past, we’ve discussed Lily Girma’s article Dear Travel Leaders, Sustainability Is Not a PR Exercise which called out the lack of progress in sustainability from travel leaders. We’ve also read an article that essentially suggested travelers need to decode a bunch of certifications and hire a sustainability advisor, which we agreed was lame and unrealistic. So what are the high impact/low effort actions travelers can take to be more sustainable? I will share some suggestions, but I’d also like to hear ideas from you all!
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About the host
Andy Dosmann (@StayVerde) is an Austin-based biology professor who teaches critical thinking and problem solving at Minerva University, where students travel around the world together for their undergraduate education. He leads Minerva’s sustainability programs.
Andy’s also the founder of StayVerde, which helps travelers travel more sustainably. He caters to those who worry about the climate crisis… but don’t want to stay home. Like himself. He met his wife in Kenya on a failed scientific expedition studying African lions, and last year they celebrated Andy’s 50th state (and their 10th anniversary) with a trip to Hawaii. Andy is not ready to give up traveling, so he’s devising creative solutions to minimize travel’s impact on the climate crisis.