A lot has been written about Pope Francis’s first papal encyclical that reframes environmental and global warming issues into moral concerns. The Pope is certainly not the only major spiritual leader to make this point, but his message came at a critical moment and has been very powerful in changing the way many people consider their relationship to the environment. As more and more people adjust their moral compass on environmental issues, we have an opportunity to encourage them to adopt simple practices that will really help.
Because Redfeather focuses on energy efficiency in the tourism sector, we will share some of our own (somewhat tongue in cheek) reminders to ourselves to be cognizant of our resource usage when we are traveling in tropical island environments:
- It is bad karma to leave the lights (and TV and AC) on in your hotel room
- Blessings will pour down on the guest who takes a short shower
- The higher you set your in-room AC thermostat, the closer you are to God
- Angel wings protect guests who reuse bath towels (and beach towels and sheets)Pulling the shades when you leave your room keeps it heavenly cool
- Unplugging vampire appliances before leaving the hotel room works far better than wearing a garlic lei to repel energy sucking monsters
- Letting the water run while brushing your teeth (or shaving) will give you warts
Even though we are being a little silly, the resource savings associated with these small acts of green tourist morality add will add up to serious environmental benefits for fragile island communities. And that really will be a blessing.