UN’s Green Passport

Just last weekend, the United Nations introduced Green Passport, a campaign intended to advise travelers on the best ways to travel green. Gadling explains:

Launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the internet-based campaign… will hopefully offset the effects that the growing industry has on the global environment. “By browsing the Green Passport website consumers will be able to find practical tips to help them reduce their environmental and social footprint while they are on vacations. Tourists will discover that traveling green is not as hard as they imagined,” said Stefanos Fotiou, head of UNEP’s tourism unit.

The Green Passport website is designed to look fun and user-friendly, and you can even submit your own green travel tips… A large part of the program is focused on traveling responsibly. In other words, educating yourself about your destination and culture before going and while there, respecting the local population and customs.

The interactive website (while a tad slow in loading each page) provides tips for every aspect of travel, from packing eco-friendly toiletries (so as not to pollute another country’s drinking water), to taking greener transportation (biking, public transport), to staying in green accommodations, as well as what you can do after you return home from your trip.

Bravo to the UN. We just hope they’ll fix the website so it is both eco-friendly and user-friendly.

Image: Green Passport, UNEP