On Monday, the Green Vacation Hub announced that travelers are increasingly demanding that their lodgings while they’re on the road offer the same “green” behavior option that they are practicing in their homes, and the hospitality industry is responding in kind.
Humans have been on an accelerating drive to clean up the environment and blend into, rather than run roughshod over, the environment for nearly 40 years, as the impacts of increasing knowledge and awareness in the environmental sciences coupled with observations of the negative impact of carelessness in land-stewardship came to a head together.
Beginning with national and municipal efforts to come down hard on litterbugs, recycle certain materials and educate people out of the bad habit of leaving electrical appliances on when they weren’t being used, the environmental movement, symbolized by such events as Earth Day which was held for the first time in 1970, has taken a powerful hold on our culture.
Such a powerful hold that we sometimes go over the top in our quest to keep the natural environment clean and ever-flourishing even as we carve out more and more of its spaces and fit them to our unique needs and desires as a species. No Impact Man and his wife are on a year-long quest to see if they can lead productive, profitable, healthy, happy lives if they virtually erase their environmental footprints from the face of the earth. They’re learning as they go, and what’s more, they’re attempting to do it while still living in New York City.
Some would call, and have called, this striving an extreme, and it probably is. However, it’s a telling sign of the times that people are even making such an attempt.
Elsewhere, the survivalist-and-tracker school of Tom Brown Jr. flourishes more than ever in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey and the wilds of Florida and California. Brown is a nationally renowned tracker who has been used by the FBI and local police forces to find dangerous criminals who have eluded the authorities by hiding in the woods or wilds.
Brown, a white man, was taught vast amounts of nature-knowledge from the time he was a small boy by an old Apache shaman and scout, and he preaches-and practices-always leaving any natural area as vibrant as, or even better than, it was before you showed up. His survivalist school has a strong spiritual side to it, where one is trained to give thanks to every part of nature that gives itself up to be used by a member of mankind.
While people like Brown are teaching people how to survive in the outdoors, the places where people usually stay indoors while traveling are doing their best to cast a smaller shadow over the environment. It’s good for business, too.
“People recycle at home. They use compact fluorescent bulbs, and they expect to see the same on the road. In fact, they are disappointed if they don’t,” says Glenn Hasek, editor of Green Lodging News.
Green Vacation Hub (PR Newswire), “Hotels Go Green”