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Picture pristine blue waters, warm as can be, with visibility so perfect the reef practically glows right through in the bright sunlight.
These perfect conditions exist in diving towns all around the world, including the Similan Islands in Thailand, Sipadan in Borneo, Komodo in Indonesia, and Caye Caulker in Belize. It seems like every tourist in these dive towns is either getting some sort of certification, or is an advanced diver looking to spot something special under the waves. Maybe this will be the time they get to see a rare Hammerhead shark, a hard-to-spot Mandarinfish, or a majestic Manta Ray.
When we first launched Green Global Travel in November of 2010, we had a simple (if ambitious) mission: To learn how to travel, and live, more sustainably, and to share that knowledge with others. To some degree, we started the “Go Green Tips” section for ourselves, to encourage our ongoing education in all things eco-friendly.
From early tips on energy-efficient lightbulbs and shopping at thrift stores rather than buying new clothes, we eventually graduated to more complex topics such as how to choose a “Green” hotel and DIY rainwater catchment systems. The most important thing we learned along the way is that being Green isn’t about grand gestures, but the little decisions we make every single day. It’s about making more responsible choices that consider our impact on the planet.
Those choices extend to the foods we choose to put into our body. As we learn more about the environmental and health risks associated with GMOs and processed foods, we’ve gradually added a lot more organic fruits and vegetables to our diet. Recently we’ve been doing more research into the health benefits of certain foods, many of which have been proven to help prevent certain diseases. We decided an overview of these healing vegetables would be perfect for our 100th Go Green Tip, as it spotlights the crucial role nature plays in our general well-being. Hope you enjoy!
Anyone who loves gardening and lives in an apartment or house without a big yard knows the disappointment of not having the space available to grow plants. But now, thanks to the increasingly popular “Do It Yourself Vertical Garden,” you can make planters that allow you to capitalize on the vertical space that almost everyone has. These planters are perfect for outside on a balcony or sun deck, or inside in an area with good sunlight. They’re very popular for growing herbs, but you can also add small flowering plants to make it more decorative. There are a number of different methods for making vertical planters yourself: The best approach depends on your personal preference, space, and the tools you have available to you…
The annual day of support has grown by leaps and bounds over the past 43 years, with events now held around the world to promote and support the idea that we as humans should protect the environment.
But the truth is that we shouldn’t wait for Earth Day, April 22, to practice environmental awareness and responsibility. “Going green” is a lot easier than you might think, and taking simple steps such as the 40 Earth Day tips we’ve listed below will not only help save the environment, but it’ll also help save you money!
Every year on March 22nd the United Nations calls for the world to join together for World Water Day, a day dedicated to highlighting the global water crisis, increasing awareness of the problem, and celebrating the steps we are taking to create change.
Less than 1% of the world’s water can be used by humans for their needs. As the global population increases, so does demand. One of the simplest ways we can do this in our everyday lives is by creating a simple DIY Rainwater Harvesting System that allows us to collect rainwater for use on our lawns and gardens.
By using what Mother Nature naturally gives us from the sky, you can save up to 30 to 50% of your home’s drinkable water, and reduce your water bills by the same amount! Here are a few tips on what you need to consider when making your own DIY Rainwater Harvesting System, and some step-by-step guides to help you build one: