Travelling to Greener Pastures

Now that everyone's mother and twice removed cousin on their father's side knows about global warming (we hope), 'travelling green' has become not only noticed, but really quite fashionable. Here are our destination favourites for the eco-conscious traveller.

Portland, Oregon, USA

Who would have thought the second biggest polluter worldwide could hide an eco-conscious gem like this? Portland is regarded as the most eco-friendly city in the US and one of the 'greenest' worldwide, because of it use of renewable energy, efficient transport systems and recycling.

Cape Town, South Africa

This one's well on it way to becoming one of the world's 'green' cities of the future. The city has adopted a plan to reduce it's carbon footprint by ensuring 10% of it's energy use is renewable and 10% of homes are solar powered by 2020.

Eco-Destination Costa Rica

Costa Rica

This Central American country was named the No.5 'greenest' country in the world. And, surprise surprise, it was voted the happiest for 2009 by the Happy Planet Index. Costa Rica plans to be the world first completely 'green' country by 2030 through fossil fuel reduction, hybrid vehicle use and increased tree planting initiatives.

Vancouver, Canada

With about 90% of the city's energy coming from renewable energy sources, Vancouver is as close to 'green' as you can get. Canada's third largest city uses hydroelectric power, but plans to further reduce it's carbon footprint by adopting solar, wind and tidal energy. It also continuously ranks as one of the best cities in the world to live in - could there be a connection?

For more info on eco-destinations check out www.treehugger.com

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Clayton Truscott

Clayton Truscott

Clayton is a comfortable traveller, having grown up in a small city that was far away from everything. He spent lots of time in the car as a child, driving up and down the coast of South Africa on surfing trips with his family. After studying abroad in the United States and spending a year working in London, he moved to Cape Town, where he completed a Master's Degree in Creative Writing. He now works as a freelance writer for various travel, surfing and action sports publications.