Monday, 12 January 2015

Want to go really, really green?

ETHICAL TRAVELLER, a non-profit California-based organization has published its list of the top ten ethical travel destinations for 2015 … countries which have made significant changes to protect the rights of their citizens and to safeguard the environment. 

They are, in alphabetical order: 

1. Cape Verde … Cape Verde scored highly when it came to assessing citizens' civil and political rights and ranked highly on the Heritage Foundation's Economic Freedom Index, as it offers a wide array of social welfare based programmes.

2. Chile … Chile's government was the first in South America to sign a pledge to introduce carbon taxes by 2018. Out of the ten countries included in the list, Chile scored the most points when it came to protecting the environment.

3. Dominica … Dominica opposes commercial whaling and received high marks for its commitment to animal welfare and innovative plans to invest in clean, renewable, energy sources.

4. Lithuania … Lithuania ranked the highest on the United Nation's Human Development Index. 

An impressive 22% of Lithuania's energy is renewable, so the country is well on their way to achieve its goal of having 23% of their energy coming from renewable sources by 2020. 

5. Mauritius … Mauritius offers a variety of social services and is currently the only African nation to provide income security programmes for citizens over the age of 60. The also plans to plant 200,000 trees by the end of 2014.

6. Palau … The Small Islands Developing States Network, awarded Palau – in the Western Pacific – with an environmental star for its work to preserve both marine and land-based eco-systems.

7. Samoa … The Samoan government has invested $1 million in a project which aims to increase bio-diversity and combat the effects of climate change.

8. Tonga …. The Tongan government has pledged to reduce diesel consumption by 50% by 2020, and has plans to introduce organic farming in 2015. 

9. Uruguay … Tourists who visit the Colonia del Sacramento – one of the oldest towns in Uruguay and a World Heritage Site – can tour the town by electric car. The government also has plans to introduce electric taxis and buses in 2015.

10. Vanuatu … Vanuatu, which comprises more than 80 islands, has passed multiple land reform acts designed to protect the rights and welfare of its indigenous citizens.

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Picture Credit - From Top: "Mindelo portogrande - Cape Verde" via Wikimedia Commons; "EP rinkimai 2014 - Vilnius, Lithuania" by ViršuLF - Own work via Wikimedia Commons; "Lefaga, Return to Paradise beach, south coast Upolu Island, Samoa, 2009" by Stephen Glauser uploaded to Wikimedia Commons by Teinesavaii via Wikimedia Commons

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