Every year on an average 4 billion people travel, out of this 1.1 billion are international travellers, but have you ever wondered what is the impact of our travels on nature? There are travellers who likes to camp in the forest, or go for trekking on a mountain or go for some wild photography tours, yes we travellers love to do that.
Otter - British Wildlife Centre, Surrey. Photograph: Chris Packham/Lidl UK
But the alarming fact is that our actions have an impact on the nature and the wildlife. Humans are the only species who have the capability to protect the nature. The Earth has already lost more than 70% of the forest and less than 30% of forest remains.
Hedgehog - British Wildlife Centre, Surrey. Photograph: Chris Packham/Lidl UK.
While you are reading this article, an area that equals to the size of more than 50 football fields has been destroyed every minute and that is happening at this dangerous speed since the year 2000. Apart from the deforestation, another problem faced by the nature is the pollution by human activities, such as littering, depositing toxic materials and the use of chemicals to protect our crops.
Beach huts - Calshot, Hampshire. Photograph: Chris Packham/Lidl UK.
We produce 299 million tonnes of plastic every year but we recycles only 75% of the plastic, the rest remains unattended on Earth. Some of these plastics can take a 1000 year to break down.
Blue tits - New Forest, Hampshire. Photograph: Chris Packham/Lidl UK.
Every year 8 to 13 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean which kills as many as 1 million sea creatures every year.
Crisp Packet - Loch Lomond , Scotland (taken while filming Winter Watch). Photograph: Chris Packham/Lidl UK.
67 million tonnes of plastics are thrown away into the nature without recycling, which kills millions of wild animals every year. Travellers uses 12 billion plastic bottles every year and data on the other plastic usage is not available, most of which ends up in the nature.
Dead kingfisher in New Forest, Hampshire. Photograph: Chris Packham/Lidl UK.
Chris Packham an English naturalist, a traveller, a TV presenter and a photographer has started a photography session which reveals the impact of litter on the nature and wild animals. Packham said about his initiative: ‘”People who litter are unknowingly helping to kill and injure the wildlife we all love. As a naturalist, I am only too aware of human’s impact on the natural environment and litter is one very visible example of this. Not only is it unsightly but it seriously affects the wild animals both on land and in our ocean.” These images are commissioned by Lidl UK a supermarket chain in UK.
Fox - British Wildlife Centre, Surrey. Photograph: Chris Packham/Lidl UK.
Travellers can change the rate of plastic use by using reusable options such as metal water bottles, if you are camping in a forest prepare your food rather than buying some food wrapped in plastic bags or even if you use plastic materials put them back into your backpacks and help it to recycle rather than just throwing it away into the nature which eventually affects the balance of the eco-system.
Balloon in New Forest, Hampshire.Photograph: Chris Packham/Lidl UK.
Next time when you go around on a tour, try to be a responsible travellers, recycle, reuse and help to protect the nature.