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Three tips for a better summer

 

As tourists and on our travels we have a significant footprint – sometimes for better, but most often for worse. But luckily there are some easy steps we can take to become more responsible tourists.

 

Summer has finally arrived, meaning that it’s time to spend as much time outside as possible. Often this means being by the coast, either at the cabin or on an exotic beach. It’s not always easy to make environmentally friendly and responsible choices while enjoying the ocean, but luckily there are a few simple things that all of us can do, that make a big difference.

The DNT Ung (Norwegian Trekking Association) recently published a kind of a code of conduct, or a set of rules, for outdoor enthusiasts. We at Nordic Ocean Watch support these rules and in addition have our own tavaha tips. These tips help you make ocean-friendly choices in your everyday life, and they also apply when traveling.

Here are three tavaha tips that you should take with you, wherever you’re heading this summer.

Don’t destroy what you came to enjoy:

6 million tonnes of sunscreen run out to the oceans each year. Synthetic sunscreen contains oxybenzone which is both an endocrine disruptor and kills coral reef. Don’t kill what you came to play with, choose environmentally friendly sunscreen without oxybenzone.
6 million tonnes of sunscreen run out to the oceans each year. Synthetic sunscreen contains oxybenzone which is both an endocrine disruptor and kills coral reef. Don’t kill what you came to play with, choose environmentally friendly sunscreen without oxybenzone.

Reduce your plastic footprint: No plastic, thank you!

8 millions tonnes of land based plastic end up in the oceans every year. The countries which have the greatest sources of marine litter, happen also to be our favorite holiday destinations. The most important thing you can thus do as a tourist, is to reduce the use of plastic and to learn this sentence in the local language “No plastic, thank you!”
8 millions tonnes of land based plastic end up in the oceans every year. The countries which have the greatest sources of marine litter, happen also to be our favorite holiday destinations. The most important thing you can thus do as a tourist, is to reduce the use of plastic and to learn this sentence in the local language “No plastic, thank you!”

Don’t let the oceans run dry; choose the right kind of seafood

90 percent of the world’s fish population has been eliminated due to overfishing. We have to take aware and sustainable choices as consumers, if we want to have fish in our oceabs in the future. Download WWF’s seafood guide, your guide to the good seafood choices.
90 percent of the world’s fish population has been eliminated due to overfishing. We have to take aware and sustainable choices as consumers, if we want to have fish in our oceabs in the future. Download WWF’s seafood guide, your guide to the good seafood choices.

DNT Ung and Protect Our Winter Norway‘s tips to outdoor enthusiast (in Norwegian):

The rules are as follows: 1. Travel less, experience more. 2. Get rich on experiences, not in gear. 3. Fix everything, always. 4. Eat green. 5. Sharing (a ride) is caring. 6. Be prepared towards unexpected trash. 7. Show the way, act as a climate role model.
The rules are as follows: 1. Travel less, experience more. 2. Get rich on experiences, not in gear. 3. Fix everything, always. 4. Eat green. 5. Sharing (a ride) is caring. 6. Be prepared towards unexpected trash. 7. Show the way, act as a climate role model.

The original article was published by Infinitum movement: http://infinitummovement.no/tre-tips-for-en-bedre-sommer/

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