The global tourism industry is one of the biggest in the world, but it also creates a variety of concerns. The degradation of nature is one of the most severe.
As a result of tourist visits, improper infrastructure growth, such as extensive paving and sand and beach mining, as well as unplanned construction of resorts, hotels, roads, airports, power plants, reservoirs, and waste disposal systems, has resulted in congestion within areas that are fragile and sensitive, such as natural habitats for wildlife, wetlands, coral reefs, lakes, forests, minerals, and other natural resources.
Encroachment into the natural habitat of plant and animal species to create hotels, bridges, and beaches puts endangered species at risk, forcing wildlife to relocate to less congested areas or deeper into the forest, where breeding, preying, camouflaging, and feeding conditions may be less favorable.
Apart from driving wildlife further into the wild, construction projects also alter the landscape and aesthetic nature of natural environments, damaging the consistency that makes it a tourist attraction in the first place.
What’s happening in our Nationalparks?
There are many factors that contribute to the degradation of nature in our national parks, some of the most important of which are:
- Noise; It is a crucial thing to consider in National Parks, since it disrupts the animals’ natural way of life. Drones, in particular, are a huge problem in this regard; as a result, using drones is prohibited in most Nationalparks and is punishable by a large fine; however, most people are willing to risk $500 in order to get some good shots.
- Picking flowers is understandable, given the abundance of spectacularly beautiful plants in our national parks; however, the majority of the flowers that grow there are protected and extremely rare. As a result, removing them from the park is prohibited, and violating this rule will result in a fine.
- Littering is another major problem in our National Parks; people discard their garbage without considering the consequences. This is not only inconvenient for the Nationalpark workers who would clean it up, but it may also be harmful because litter attracts wild animals. Not to mention the environmental effects of, say, plastic trash.
When visiting a Nationalpark, there are many things to remember. Below are the most important rules to keep in mind the next time you visit one of our parks:
What can we do?
It’s past time for us to put our “bucket lists” aside and learn to be more present in the present moment, happy with what we have. Creating mini-gardens, communal gardens, and re-growing natural areas in cities will all help us better understand the environment we live in and are a part of.
Learning to notice, appreciate, and value the small pieces of nature that surround us and to which we are inextricably (and sometimes unknowingly) connected.
The natural world is not something for us to ‘experience’ and take a snapshot of; it is all around us: it is part of us, it is ‘us’.
It is past time for all governments to insist that all goods and services, including tourism, be clearly marketed to demonstrate the detrimental effects they have on our rapidly declining natural environment, including biodiversity loss and global warming.
Then we will at last, know the true costs of our consumer society.