Sometimes I think we practice hypocrisy. I mean ‘we’ as in Mel and Suan.
On the one hand we put preach conservation and reducing carbon footprint. On the other we work so hard to expand our handprint. Our header image actually says that! Thus this post was born and inspire by a short read of this article.
We are not religionists and if there is a higher power we can pray to, it’s the money god…lol.
However we do agree that when you are walking in nature you do get the sense of awe of how virtually all the earth’s bounty has been hijacked by humans. I mean, we are like everywhere! In an earlier post about how crowded it really is (read it here), we shared how much “volume” of travel has grown and seemingly continue to grow. It’s almost to the point that local communities begin to lash out and ‘wish you weren’t here’.
“Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You are a plague” – remember where this line was played out? Does Agent Smith ring a bell?
As responsible travellers, we all have the mandate to ensure that we do not leave any environment that we visited in a less pristine condition than before. This includes hotel rooms we stayed in. Mel’s mom once worked for a number of years as a chambermaid and later as the housekeeper (sort of supervisory role) in some of the swankiest hotels in Singapore. Wow has she stories to tell of really messy guests! It can be gut wrenching to see how rooms get “torn up” by guests just because it isn’t their home…
And this extends the natural environment too. As Vijay says in his article, let us cherish the privilege we have to place our handprints all over earth.