Do you love travelling? Is the idea that you can just hop on a plane on a grey rainy cold day and in a few hours being in a lush green island very alluring ? Join the club!
If like me you love travelling and try to make it as sustainable as possible, then apart from reducing the impact of flying , you should also consider that you don’t travel alone but bring a whole variety of things around without thinking , from bacteria and viruses to larvae and eggs. This means that you can be a vehicle for invasive species to hop on and off between grey rainy countries and luscious green islands (aren’t they lucky to get a free trip !?).
Wondering what type of invasive species you might be accidentally bring back with you?
Let me give you some examples:
What can you do to prevent this?
Wash things (better to do this before leaving) in boiling water. Wash all of your sport equipment and clean those shoes.
Make sure no seeds attached to clothing
Be mindful (or better: avoid) bringing back souvenirs like pieces of wood or bits of plants, make sure that they don’t get in contact with the local nature
List of resources
Invasive species council https://invasivespecies.wa.gov/how_do_they_get_here.shtml
European code of conduct https://rm.coe.int/european-code-of-conduct-on-international-travel-and-invasive-alien/168075e833
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