To reduce the impact on the environment of your stay, you can do simple things, daily. Here are some examples to follow in order to become a responsible tourist.
- Use gentle forms of travel, whenever possible, to get to and travel around Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur: train, coach, bus lines for public transport, car sharing, hiking, cycling…
- Avoid forms of travel that emit large amounts of greenhouse gases: planes, cars (especially if you are travelling alone or with one other).
- When hiking or in places you visit, keep your rubbish with you until you find a bin or separate bins for recycling rubbish.
- Find out about the rules that apply to the natural areas that you are crossing and respect them (national Parks, regional national Parks, nature reserves..)
- When on excursions surrounded by nature, do not frighten the animals and do not harm the flora (picking flowers of all kinds).. and remain on the sign-posted trails!
- Choose places to eat that work with local producers and use products from organic farming or who favour local produce, such as the Bistrots de Pays
On your accommodation
- Stay in a type of accommodation that adopts the principles of environmental management whose owners are aware of the importance of protecting the environment, To find these, nothing could be simpler, rely on the ecolabels !
- During your stay, do not use more energy resources than necessary: switch off appliances at night, turn off taps completely, do not exceed the heating temperature of 19 degrees centigrade in rooms…
- Contribute to the development and preservation of local savoir-faire, by buying local produce, seasonal vegetables and locally produced craft products..
- Buy products grown or made in a “responsible” way: fruit and vegetables grown organically, pottery, sculptures or paintings made in local workshops, etc.
For more on this subject, consult the Passeport Vert created by the United Nations Programme for the Environment (PNUE).