With extreme weather appears more frequently and the summer gets hotter and hotter, climate change and global warming have become more like a reality for most earthlings. So green is the hippest word in recent years and a lot of things have gone green. For instance, there are green buildings. Green, or sustainable, building is the practice of creating and using healthier and more resource-efficient models of construction, renovation, operation, maintenance and demolition. There is green finance, which means providing the financial incentives to cultivate the growth of green industries. And in responding to the outcry for environmental conservation, I can say we also have green recreation, which is indeed an area that needs investment as well.
There are two aspects in green recreation. One is more passive and the other is more on the aggressive side.
The passive side has to do more with saving energy and waste reduction. For instance, many hotels ask their guests to reuse their towels in the same stay without changing them everyday. From this year’s Earth day onwards, drinking straws will only be available upon request for guests at food kiosks, restaurants and staff canteens within Hong Kong Ocean Park.
The more aggressive side is to capitalize on the rise of environmentalism, for instance ecotourism. Ecotourism is now defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education.” In plain English, ecotourism means traveling the ecosystem without destroying it. It often denotes going to remote areas for vacation. But ecotourism is a two edged sword and we have to be really cautious in terms of how it is executed. We might be actually hurting the environment when we venture into it regardless of how careful we might be. But from tourists’ perspective, they both mean actively participating in conserving the environment. So for the sake of stopping climate changes and creating a sustainable human habitat, don’t forget to go green even in your leisure time.