Social impacts of travelling are important but can be complex. Here are some thoughts on how one might be an ethical traveller.
What is an ethical traveller? I my last blog I posed a series of questions and dilemmas I had encountered during my recent trip to Myanmar. Here are some thoughts on how one might be an ethical traveller. To me, being this means aspiring to travel in both a social and environmentally responsible manner.
So you want to buy a new laptop or a smart phone, but you've read about numerous social and environmental impacts during their lifecycles. You've learnt about polluting production processes - the leaching of toxic chemicals and the heavy reliance on fossil fuels. You are aware that making electronics requires the mining of minerals which… Continue reading Computer Buying Tips for the Ethically Minded
Back in January, I wrote about how much plastic waste I am generating while living in Thailand in 31 Days of Plastic and then I explored ways I could reduce this in Towards Plastic Free. As I discussed, escaping using plastic is quite a challenge here in Thailand, more so than if I was living… Continue reading Things I’ve done to reduce my plastic footprint
After my recent trip to Southern Myanmar, I discuss the ethics of travelling to country with current conflict.
I briefly met Louise Gray, author of The Ethical Carnivore a couple of years ago at a friend’s birthday dinner at her Bruntsfield flat in Edinburgh. It was a 'potluck' style affair, where everyone brings something to share. I remember tasting one of Louise's yummy venison sausages, while being told that she shot the deer,… Continue reading The Ethical Carnivore