Is there such a thing as a green holiday?
Tricky. Even this year when we're mostly staycationing the carbon cost of a holiday can be considerable.
It's such a serious issue that VisitScotland declared a climate emergency in November of last year.
They have pledged to take action to reduce carbon emissions and support businesses to do the same. They have put in place a long-term commitment to
increase the promotion of public transport and active travel
promote quality locally-sourced food and drink to reduce food miles
manage the success of tourist hotspots (including promoting greater geographical and seasonal spread of visits, encouraging visitors to stay longer and 'travel slow' all year round)
run market campaigns to encourage responsible visitor behaviour
engage with communities to make sure they are at the heart of responsible tourism
Now we don't want to appear smug, but our recent trip away did most of those things.
sustainable travel: we took the electric bus from Dundee to Edinburgh
self-catering accommodation: we felt more in control of any issues of waste. No need to worry about our eyes being hungrier than our bellies at the buffet, or fretting about plastic waste that still seems endemic in many hotels
entertainment: we toured the charity shops, always the best way of shopping - kind on our pocket, kind on the planet
ticketed event: a vegan festival. Massive treat that encouraged and inspired us to remain aware of the impact of everything we eat (and use to clean ourselves and our home)
So we are awarding ourselves a silver award for eco-tourism. It was the late-night drinking that let us down and denied us a gold.