In Myanmar, Sustainability Starts in the Office
Yi Maw from the Khiri Travel Myanmar Sales and Reservation Department blogs about ways the Yangon team is going to plant more trees and adopt good habits related to sustainability. They are also creating more responsible tourism programs for travelers.
In our office we value sustainability in tourism as well as in the way we conduct our business every day. We’d like to encourage our customers and all travelers to help decrease our carbon footprint by joining our efforts to promote sustainability. For example, we recently planted 35 trees in November 2014, with a group of volunteer youths at the Monastery in Shwe Pyi Thar, Myanmar.
“Walking down a shady street is much better than walking in the desert.”
Planting trees is one way to effect change. There are many other indirect ways to promote sustainability such as the following simple ways to conserve energy:
- Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
- Turn off electronic devices — Shut off your computer when you’re not using it. Conserve energy by using your computer’s “sleep mode” instead of a screensaver.
- Take shorter showers –Using less hot water saves power.
- Air dry your clothes –Instead of using the dryer in for example laundry shops, line‐drying your clothes can save energy.
- Recycle –Recycle paper, plastic and glass.
- Buy organic food –There are chemicals used in modern agriculture that require energy to produce and pollute the water supply.
- Bring cloth bags to the market –Use cloth or reusable bags when shopping instead of plastic or paper bags.
- Buy products locally –Reduce the amount of energy required to transport products to your store.
- Buy minimally packaged goods –Buy products with less packaging or buy in bulk.
- Buy produce that is in season –The same idea as buy locally, you can avoid transportation.
Sustainability is about re-focusing and adapting. A balance must be found between usage and setting limits. This requires thinking long-term (10 to 20+ years) and realizing that change is often cumulative, gradual and irreversible.
In our office we are committed to advocating and practicing sustainability in not only the tourism industry but also through our interaction with local communities. We believe sustainable development is in everyone’s best interest and is an important part of responsible tourism.