black woman's arm holding on to plastic trash on Dahab beach. The purpose is to support sustainable travel.

By creating a sustainable travel statement, I hope to remind myself to stay committed to ocean conservation, waste reduction, and sustainable travel. I will continually assess my behavior to ensure my actions align with my values.

We are all experiencing the reality of climate change. We can no longer talk about it; we must take action today. From the Bronx River projects to St.Topaz villas and Tuvalu shorelines, rapid climate change is impacting our very existence. Vulnerable populations such as the working poor, People of Color, and those who rely entirely on nature to survive are disproportionally impacted by climate change.

My mission is to help people fall in love with the ocean. The first time you witness the magic of the ocean, you will naturally become an environmentalist. And that’s what the world needs more of.

As someone with a strong passport, I acknowledge my privilege. I strive to be an ambassador of sustainable living and travel, but I also understand the environmental impact of tourism. I don’t have all the answers, but I have committed to being a lifelong student.

My 10 Sustainable Travel Pledges

black woman's arm holding on to plastic trash on Dahab beach. The purpose is to support sustainable travel.

1. Sustainable Living

I Pledge to advocate for sustainable tourism through my travel writing, content making, and everyday life choices.

2. Lesser Visited Destinations

I pledge to combat over-tourism by prioritizing less-visited destinations. We live in a global community, and some destinations may benefit from smaller-scale sustianable tourism.

3. Supporting Sustainable Travel Businesses

I pledge to support sustainable wildlife conservations, resorts, and businesses. I will choose resorts that value water and conservation, waste reduction, fair pay, community engagement, and local leadership.

4. Reduce Single-Use Plastics

I pledge to reduce my plastic footprint. I will refuse single-use plastics and choose environmentally friendly items sourced from bamboo, stainless steel, and glass. I will also remind my community of the benefit of upcycling and sustainable thrifting.

5. Support Local Economies

I pledge to support local economies. I will seek out sustainable locally-owned restaurants, spas, tour guides, creative goods, and hotels. fewfjioew

6. Sustainable Travel

I pledge to choose public trains, buses, cycling, and other forms of sustainable transportation when possible.

7. Respect

I pledge to leave places better than how I found them. I promise to clean up after myself at campsites, beaches, and all public spaces. I promise to participate in regular public trash cleanings in my local community and abroad.

8. Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce

I pledge to recycle, reuse, and reduce, emphasizing reduction.

9. Plant Trees

I pledge to plant 50 trees a year all across he world.

10. Human Connection

I pledge to be an ambassador of my country wherever I may go. I pledge to treat others with respect and kindness. I will respect local laws and customs. I also pledge not to use shame when educating others about ocean and nature preservation. The biggest threat to ocean preservation is exploitation by corporations and a lack of community input.

Feel free to copy or create your sustainable travel statement. Please comment or email me if you have any recommendations on items to add to my list.

Standing on the Shoulders of our Ancestors

“Every day, I complain, protest and object, but it takes such vigilance and activism to keep legislators on their toes and government accountable to the people on environmental issues”

Hazel Johnson, Mother of Environmental Justice

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