As challenging as it is to make green choices in our everyday lives, it all becomes exponentially more difficult when travelling. Options are limited and we find ourselves making compromises, sacrificing belief for convenience.
I recently travelled from Halifax to Vancouver and although it was prior to the start of the Halitrax project, the goals of this challenge were ever present in my mind.
I present to you my top 4 travel confessions:
1. The drive to and from the airport.
- There’s likely public transit available. I didn’t even check.
2. Waiting in the terminal, prior to my flight, I purchased a delicious smoothie.
- Like I said, it was delicious, but the secret ingredient was probably not its Styrofoam container.
- Yes, it’s the most efficient way to travel. It’s just hard to ignore the huge carbon footprint of a cross-country flight.
4. During a layover, I purchased water.
- Bottled water. Those who know me know that I have strong feelings on the issue of water privatization. (Seriously. I regularly lose sleep over the current state of fresh water availability for the world’s population.) Suffice it to say that bottled water is never my drink of choice.
I don’t think anything on this list is extraordinary, but was it all necessary? Probably not.
My hope as this summer continues is that I’ll explore alternatives to these decisions, and occasionally I’ll make the best choice, instead of the most convenient one.
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