Lately, there have plenty of news stories about the environment and the importance of reducing our ecological footprints. Many people all over the world are looking for ways to live their lives in an eco-friendly way, examining how their daily routines, eating habits, clothing choices and general behaviour could affect the environment. For many, it’s a struggle and can be difficult to know where to begin, but what better way to find inspiration than travelling to the most ecologically minded countries via the eco-friendliest means of transport?
When making changes in our habits to help reduce CO2 emissions and waste, it’s easy to just focus on the day to day aspects of our lives while ignoring certain special occasions, particularly travel. International flights and renting individual cars creates a lot of air pollution, and while it may be unavoidable to catch a plane, taking a coach is a greener way to travel than train or car, and it’s often the most affordable option. It’s a win-win!
The Most Ecological Travel Destinations
Not only is it a good idea to be mindful of the mode of transportation we take, but it’s important to keep in mind the general practices of the places we visit. If a country is struggling with pollution, it’d be inconsiderate to add to the problem by driving an individual car unless necessary. Similarly, it’s always smart to be mindful in the measures other countries take to maintain the environment.
Sweden’s environmental objective is, without a doubt, the most ambitious: to be a 100% renewable energy country by 2040. Being one of the countries with the lowest carbon emissions and a worldwide leader when it comes to recycling, this lofty goal doesn’t appear to be out of the realm of possibility for this Scandinavian country.
For years, the bicycle has been the quintessential means of urban transport in Denmark, minimising busy and congested urban traffic. In addition to this, Denmark regularly tops the lists of ecological awareness and the use of renewable energies.
By 2020, Belgium’s emissions will have been reduced by 20%. The small country’s progress will only accelerate in the coming years as its government has committed to close its last thermal coal plant within the next three years.