Since I launched the blog late April – and even before – I have looked for a way to use it a bit further to make a difference in my trips. I am always touched by the people I meet when I travel and the cultures I discover. I also focus my trips on natural areas: I love the wilderness, I love hiking, diving, sailing…
In Australia, nature is at the centre of almost every trip I do. Hence, I have decided that my little “difference” will be towards nature and ecology. I already do my minimum of daily actions to support environment (recycling, turning off lights, limiting my use of plastic bags, restricting my waste…), which is not a reflex for everyone here.
Australians are among the highest waste producers in the world. We generate almost 48 million tonnes of rubbish each year – that is about 2.1 tonnes from each of us. 40% of this rubbish is either being dumped in the environment or sent to landfill where it cannot be recycled.
Because I love the nature in this country and to fight for a healthier environment, I have just become a member of Clean Up Australia.
I have also signed up for the easy challenge of Plastic Free July: I will be careful to reuse my containers (water bottles, food containers, cups, bags…) to limit the use of unnecessary plastic.
From July 1st 2015, I commit to clean My Favourite Escapes:
During my trips, I will pick up some rubbish that other visitors forgot before me, and I will track on the blog the amount of trash I find. I will then be able to feature some milestones as a reminder that as an individual, we can make a difference.
By removing rubbish, we can make our environment a healthier, cleaner and more beautiful place to live.
While investigating about how I could have a positive impact with my blog, I found this inspiring article about Tommy’s initiative to clean a river bank on his way to work. He proves we really can change our environment as an individual, and even make a bigger difference if we achieve the goal to inspire people to follow us.
An Eurasian Coot started nesting in the part which I cleaned.
Tony Kleyn, from Project Schone Schie
We have done this already during some of our hikes or trip to the beach; it is not a massive effort to bend over a few times to pick up a can or a bottle that was dropped – instead of sighing… I hope my initiative will inspire some of you…?
Don’t hesitate to let me know your actions; I will be happy to count them on the blog too! If you are around Brisbane, we could even organise a Clean Up Day together :)
Eloise lives in Brisbane (Australia), but you won’t find her often in the city. When she is not disconnected underwater or in a national park, she loves sharing her travel tips and inspiring her readers to take care of our beautiful planet. She considers every weekend as a two-day holiday break. Her approach: you don’t always need to go far to travel. Still, she also enjoys exploring the world and discovering new cultures. Eloise is originally from France and, before moving to Brisbane, she lived in Sydney, Istanbul and England.