6. Invest in clean energy
We can’t talk about responsible consumption of resources without mentioning energy consumption. Our use of fossil fuels accounts for a significant portion of the non-renewable resources that we consume.
Reducing our dependence on fossil fuels is a complex issue, but we can’t shy away from it. The good news is that there’s one very easy thing you can do to get the ball rolling: switch to a renewable energy tariff. Take a look at this guide to find sustainable energy suppliers.
If you’re further into your green journey, consider installing solar panels in your vacation rental. Keep an eye out for local incentives and grants.
Read our guide to creating a Climate Action Plan to understand how to create a realistic, effective programme for reducing your fossil fuel consumption.
7. Engage governments and corporations
As we mentioned above, a lot of high level changes will need to come from governments and large corporations. One of the ways you can take action is by engaging with:
- your local and/or national government
- industry associations and pressure groups
- any big brands you patronise
Let’s take an example. One of Earth Overshoot Day’s key solutions focuses on cities. The issue of sustainable cities ties in closely to sustainable urban tourism, and the short-term accommodation which facilitates this tourism.
Our sector is already a part of this conversation, with groups such as the ASSC (Scotland), the STAA (UK), and VRMA (US) engaging with policymakers to advocate for fair, sustainable regulations on short-term lets.
Join your local advocacy group to make your voice heard.