04 Mar TOURISM AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Sustainable tourism is the form of tourism that meets the needs of tourists, the tourism industry and the host communities today without compromising the ability of future generations of the local community to meet their own needs.
The three pillars of sustainable tourism use environmentally friendly practices (reduce, reuse, recycle), protection of cultural and natural heritage (restoration of historic buildings or rescue of endangered species) and tangible social and economic benefits for local communities (ranging from defending the rights of indigenous peoples to advocating for fair wages for workers).
SIMPLE THINGS YOU CAN DO AND PARTICIPATE IN THIS EFFORT
- Kythnos is a SMART ISLAND and has charging points if you have an electric car. If you have the opportunity, choose not to use your car everywhere and get to know the routes through paths.
- Contact the town hall of the island to find out how you can help through the activities that may suit your profession or business.
- Say no to plastic. Use your container instead of buying plastic bottles or coffee in plastic. Keep your daily garbage to dispose after you return to your place of residence or to the designated garbage and recycling bins which you can find in various parts of the island. If you smoke, take a box to throw your cigarette butts, instead of extinguishing them and burry them in the sand.
- Find out what are the practices of sustainability at the place you are staying or eating, which are environmentally friendly, if they help in some way the cultural heritage and support the employees with fair wages and conditions.
- Support the real local economy. Local crafts and souvenirs or products may not always be cheaper, but buying them ensures that your contribution to the economy will have a more immediate and positive impact on their future and sustainability.