"Travel the eco-friendly way"
One of the 7 Greens ideas which aims for everyone to realize how importance it is to ease global warming and support tourism.

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Green Heart

"Travel the eco-friendly way"

Green Heart

All sectors in the travel industry must be conscious of environmental value and the threats it's facing from ever growing tourism. Preserving and reviving the environment and reducing the carbon footprint should be conducted simultaneously with the right knowledge and understanding and appropriate approaches.

Buddhism beliefs in the power of mind. Once you set the mind on something, it can be achieve. Same goes for being a green heart, if you are conscious about the environment, you will always find ways to reduce the impact and try every possible was without being told or force to do so.

Three factors involved in developing a green heart, they are
    1. Knowledge
    2. Understanding
    3. Realization

Knowledge in this case is to be informed of what goes on in the world, to be aware of the change and deteriorating environment that unexpectedly threatens extinction of mankind and animal species. The ice pole melting affecting the survival of polar bears and leading to possible flood and food chain disruption or even warm and cold currents affecting the climate fluctuation are something we, regardless of the magnitude of the impact, should all be aware of.

Being informed leads to better understanding of how things are all intertwined and how we all can contribute by either start exploiting less natural resource, adjust the lifestyle that is less polluted or realizing the value of water, soil, air and forest.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand or TAT has green heart guidelines for all sectors to implement.

Green Heart Guidelines for Tourists

Simply follow these guidelines to help preserve the environment and reduce the carbon footprint and you'll be a tourist with a green heart.

  1. Learn about the attraction both its resources and environment, activities and management problems from papers before departure and while there
  2. Strictly follow the rules and regulations set by officials at the attractions especially those ecologically challenged locale or historical and archeological sites or even ancient communities
  3. Get rid of garbage at the designated place or even better if you can take it with you and away from the attraction
  4. Use the energy-saving vehicles that emit the least amount of greenhouse gas
  5. If traveling with the agents, choose the itineraries that least affect resources and environment of the attraction
  6. Camping out only at the designated area
  7. Follow the marked trail, avoid short cut that could lead to trampling over seedlings, baby plants that hold the soil together
  8. No feeding wild animals as it could deviate their eating behavior
  9. No touching wild animals
  10. Never buy animals' body parts, relics or products made of or from rare or near extinct species for example, fur or leather bag, sea shell or sea turtle, etc.
  11. No collecting of fossils, shells, rocks
  12. Inform officials of misconducts by other tourists
  13. Do not verbally pr physically disrespect the culture and local lifestyles