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Eco-Friendly Traveller The Need of the Hour

Anil Singh

It is time that we realise that small changes of today will be making the big differences of tomorrow. And if millions of people start making small changes, the results would be remarkable. People travel around to admire the mountains, feel the flow of waters, and discover amazing nature. However, travellers or tourists are also responsible for ruining nature. Many popular tourist destinations are dealing with the problem of waste and trash. The enthusiasm behind travelling is gradually getting dampened.

But things shouldn’t be like that. We must improvise and alter our habits to let nature thrive and flourish. In doing so, we have to develop into an ecofriendly traveller.

Travel Green

Travel green means using transportation that would help to reduce carbon emissions. Instead of travelling around to the destination by cab or taxi, hire a bicycle or try walking. You can even consider using a hybrid rental car. Opting for public transportation is also helpful. Sharing a ride with other travellers brings down your expenses and lessens pollution. Try to book non-stop flights which contribute to a lesser carbon footprint. Travelling in trains has a reasonably low impact on the environment. They are one of the eco-friendlier modes to travel long distances.

Appreciate Wildlife

Every tourist destination has its own distinctive flora and fauna. It plays a crucial role in harmonising the ecosystem of that place. Do make sure that the natural habitat isn’t damaged in any way while you explore your favourite destination. Similar to the animals on land, it is better to view marine life from some distance. Causing distress to underwater creatures is also not acceptable.

Use Biodegradable Travel Items

Another way to begin your travelling in an eco-friendlier approach is by using sustainable products. Instead of using disposable bottles, bags, wipes, razors etc use the recycled or reusable alternatives. Plastic bottles are turning out to be a big hazard throughout the world. Similarly, using plastic bags while travelling isn’t that wise. You can always carry reusable travel or tote bags. At times it can be very helpful.

Support Local Businesses

Try to use the products and services of local businesses and artisans. Try to abide by the customs and guidelines when you visit a new place. Contributing to something good will always make you feel delighted. Providing support to the locals is a big initiative. Do eat and drink the local delicacies the place has to offer. Opt for locally grown fruits and vegetables which would be encouraging for the local farmers. 

Don’t Litter

Trash is not a part of nature. It pollutes not only soil and water but the environment too. Trash or garbage you leave behind is very much responsible for destructing nature. Dispose of the trash in a sensible manner. Go by the rules that prevail in the tourist destinations you visit. If every tourist puts in their own tiny yet significant effort, we can achieve a lot.

Use Biodegradable Travel Items

It is time that we realise that small changes of today will be making the big differences of tomorrow. And if millions of people start making small changes, the results would be remarkable. People travel around to admire the mountains, feel the flow of waters, and discover amazing nature. However, travellers or tourists are also responsible for ruining nature. Many popular tourist destinations are dealing with the problem of waste and trash. The enthusiasm behind travelling is gradually getting dampened.

Prefer Eco-Accommodation

On your visit to a destination make an effort to stay in eco-hotels or eco-resorts.Such eco-friendly accommodations are conscious of the environmental footprint. Therefore, they attempt to reduce trash or misuse of water, etc. They put into use recyclable alternatives rather than plastic or other disposable items. These types of the workplace also offer employment opportunities for the natives. You can find many eco-accommodations through an online search. 

Avoid Disgraceful Animal Experiences

It is very much true that more than often animals are not treated properly in tourism. In many famous tourist destinations, animals are mishandled for earning money. Many wild animals are kept drugged so that tourists can click photographs with them. Even the majestic elephants have to go through a tremendous amount of pain and sufferings. It is time we should stop visiting such places and stop these disgraceful acts. However, you can still locate decent animal attractions. Whenever you’re in any doubt regarding mistreatment of animals for entertainment purpose, do avoid such interactions.

The ultimate goal of an eco-friendly traveller is supposed to diminish negative impact wherever they travel. It is extremely important for us to know how to be a conscious traveller. Only then can we be able to reduce the impact on the environment we come into contact with.

THE 4 ILLS

“Resentment”, “Criticism”, “Guilt” & “Fear” – KEEP THEM AT BAY

Human beings are destined to grapple with life’s problems. The range of problems is vast, their complexities varying from individual to individual. With neither discrimination nor any standardisation; the mighty nature remains a mute witness to the show. Look around yourself; everyone is exposed to this phenomenon. If only one would know, what causes problems; probably the solutions could be at hand. Social scientists have given through this issue for ages. After extensive research, they have honed-on to the undermentioned “4 Ills” which are responsible for human miseries. Louise-L-Hay; the renowned metaphysical motivator (author of the iconic book “YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE” – translated into 25 different languages in 33 countries) says on the subject:

4 ILLS

  1. Resentment
  2. Criticism
  3. Guilt & · Fear 

They cause more problems than anything else. One must try hard to keep them at bay. Neither one should inflict them on others, nor be the victim. Let us elaborate:

RESENTMENT: It is human nature to blame others for one’s own lapses. Everyone wishes to come clean when a “fault-fixing” exercise is on. Is it the streak of in-built cowardice which makes a person tilt towards manipulations? If one is innocent and labelled guilty; he/she will sulk and suffer from bouts of resentment. Since, not a fair deal – the one who has inflicted ‘injury’, too will suffer by living in regrets. After all, resentment is a two-way street. Both parties suffer equally. 

The best way to deal with a grudge is not to find a scapegoat. Accept slippage(s) and get on the job to find an amicable solution. Do not allow escapism to dictate your conscience.

CRITICISM: There is nothing wrong with criticism provided it is done objectively. It is easy to criticize than to repair its consequences.

Our students may recall, in the aviation world, we have the term “CABIN FEVER”. It means, one is dissatisfied; he/she is restless, easily irritable and bored beyond redemption.

Such situations are common in our lives. Treat them as trivials. They are not like “Black Swans” – the ones which are unexpected and have wide-ranging impacts

In fact, such a phase too will pass!! Keep your cool. Remaining calm and non-critical; yet staying vigilant is the key to working one’s way through any
crisis.

There is an axis of “good behaviour” in return for “bad behaviour’. Good behaviour in return for bad behaviour touches the conscience of others. It is difficult to go against conscience

American President ABRAHAM LINCOLN’s life-story “WITH MALICE TOWARDS NONE” – His biographer Stephen Boates gives a detailed account of his set-backs in his long political career. LINCOLN accepted them in their stride and never criticized anyone. This saved him from self-anguish and unwanted hurt to others. No wonders “Lincoln’s ability to stand up to stronger advertises earned him the aura of a hero out of an epic poem.”

As the wise counsel says – in your work-life, never indulge in an unhealthy and unsavoury criticism. It remains embedded in the sub-conscience of the individual(s). It is neither forgiven nor forgotten. Its life-span is very long. Avoid criticizing lest it results in cold-shouldering. And says Clemenceau “There is nothing harder for the “Human Spirit” to bear than being cold-shouldered”

GUILT: The Random House Dictionary defines “GUILT”, “as the feeling of responsibility for some real or imaginary offence”.

Remaining under the constant shadow of guilt can cause a person partial amnesia – it can rob him/ her of peace and equanimity.Individuals struck with guilt-feelings become ‘numb’ with loss of capacity for anticipation. In extreme cases, they may turn a blind eye to the forthcoming challenge and prefer to lie low than to “face” it.

Once awakened from the slumber they realise that the hybernation has hurt them in terms of “missed opportunities”. Too late to mend the fences; they feel guilty of the poor show enacted by
them.

FEAR: Former senior diplomat Sh. K. Natwar Singh once wrote about fear, “No fear is worse than the fear of the unknown; the fear of nature’s forces, which man can neither channel nor comprehend”.

True! But we live in an age of duality; I would rather say “Do not fear the winds of adversity; the kite rises against the wind – rather than
with it”.

IRCTC & FHRAI unite to offer hotel accommodations to tourist

The Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) and the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) unite to offer hotel accommodations to tourists. The collaboration will allow hotel members of the FHRAI and its Regional Associations to provide their inventory for sale as online Accommodation Partners through the IRCTC tourism website and its associate portal.

As part of the special partnering offer, a discount of 2 per cent on the commission payable to IRCTC is offered to the hotel or chain of hotels in the 3-star category or with equivalent facilities. The hotels are required to be affiliated to FHRAI and its regional Associations. Founded in 1955, the FHRAI is India’s apex and the world’s 3rd largest Hospitality Association.

Commenting on the initiative, Gurbaxish Singh Kohli, Vice President, FHRAI said, “India’s apex Hospitality Association and IRCTC, a Government of India enterprise are coming together to offer tourists quality hotel accommodations in the country. This will offer IRCTC’s users the option to choose their preferred stay from over 55000 hotels across India.”

“The empanelled hotels or hotel chains are in the 3-star or above category with all basic amenities and, international standards of hygiene and safety. This will give users of the IRCTC the convenience of booking quality rooms anywhere in India while booking their travel through the IRCTC website. This is a win-win situation for everyone and we are glad to be partners with the IRCTC in this venture,” he added.

The partnership entails empanelment of accommodation partners for a period of three years and is extendable every 3 years without any charges on mutually agreed terms. Besides this, it also provides a one-time waiver of integration charges as applicable for all new applications received up to 31st July 2021.

Airbus launches new Sustainable Aviation Fuel Trial

A team of aerospace specialists has launched the first in-flight emissions study using 100 per cent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on a wide-body commercial passenger aircraft.

Airbus, German research centre DLR, Rolls-Royce and SAF producer Neste have teamed up to start the pioneering ‘Emission and Climate Impact of Alternative Fuels’ (ECLIF3) project looking into the effects of SAF on aircraft emissions and performance.

Findings from the study – to be carried out on the ground and in the air using an Airbus A350-900 aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines – will support efforts currently underway at Airbus and Rolls-Royce to ensure the aviation sector is ready for the large-scale use of SAF as part of the wider initiative to decarbonise the industry.

Fuel-clearance engine tests, including a first flight to check operational compatibility of using 100 per cent SAF with the aircraft’s systems, started at Airbus’ facilities in Toulouse, France, this week. These will be followed by the ground-breaking flight-emissions tests due to start in April and resuming in the Autumn, using DLR’s Falcon 20-E ‘chase plane’ to carry out measurements to investigate the emissions impact of using SAF.

Meanwhile, further ground tests measuring particulate-matter emissions are set to indicate the environmental impact of SAF-use on airport operations.

Both the flight and the ground tests will compare emissions from the use of 100 per cent SAF produced with HEFA (hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids) technology against those from fossil kerosene and low-sulphur fossil kerosene.

The SAF will be provided by Neste, a leading worldwide supplier of sustainable aviation fuel. Additional measurement and analysis for the characterisation of the particulate-matter emissions during the ground testing will be delivered by the UK’s University of Manchester and the National Research Council of Canada.

“SAF is a vital part of Airbus’ ambition to decarbonise the aviation industry and we are working closely with a number of partners to ensure a sustainable future for air travel,” said Steven Le Moing, new energy program manager, Airbus.

“Aircraft can currently only operate using a maximum 50 per cent blend of SAF and fossil kerosene; this exciting collaboration will not only provide insight into how gas-turbine engines function using 100 per cent SAF with a view to certification, but identify the potential emissions reductions and environmental benefits of using such fuels in flight on a commercial aircraft too.”

More Routes proposed Under UDAN 4.1

On the commencement of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (India@75)’ launched by Government of India, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has proposed about 392 routes under UDAN 4.1 bidding process. The Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) – Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) is a flagship scheme of the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) envisaged to make air travel affordable and widespread in the country. The scheme intends to boost inclusive national economic growth, employment opportunities, and air transport infrastructure development across the nation. Till date, 325 routes and 56 airports including 5 heliports and 2 Water Aerodromes have been operationalised under the UDAN scheme.

The UDAN 4.1 round is focused on connecting smaller airports, along with special helicopter and seaplane routes. In addition to these, some new routes have been proposed under the Sagaramala Seaplane Services in consultation with the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.

Usha Padhee, Joint Secretary, MoCA said, “Following the four successful rounds of bidding, the special UDAN 4.1 bidding round invites bids for priority routes which have not been covered under UDAN so far. This bidding round also includes routes specially requested by the State governments/UT administrations and earlier cancelled/ terminated routes. We have observed great demand on many Tier-2 & Tier-3 UDAN routes attesting the necessity along with essentiality & criticality of these regional routes. We aim to equip our country with one of the strongest air connectivity networks”.

Some of the operational flexibilities are extended to Airlines under the UDAN 4.1 to ensure suitable operation models to connect smaller cities/airstrips. Additionally, operations under NSOP will be allowed for seaplane, fixed-wing aircraft, Helicopters for RCS Routes awarded under UDAN 4.1.

The Bid Document is uploaded on the Central Procurement portal of the National Informatics Centre inviting the bids from interested airlines. The bidding process is expected to be completed by 6 weeks.

IndiGo Expands Regional Presence, announces Rajkot as its New Destination

In its bid to strengthen regional connectivity, IndiGo announced Rajkot as its next destination on the 6E network. The airline will operate direct flights from Rajkot to Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, and Hyderabad as part of its summer 2021 schedule, w.e.f March 28, 2021. These new connections will strengthen connectivity between Rajkot and the key metro cities in the country, while fulfilling the demand for enhanced connectivity.
Mr Sanjay Kumar, Chief Strategy and Revenue Officer, IndiGo said, “We are pleased to announce Rajkot as our new domestic destination to strengthen regional connectivity. Rajkot, known for its casting and forging industries, is one of the prime

Aviation X Lab to Reinvent Next Era of Air Travel

Aviation X Lab

Tamanna Bhatia

Aviation X Lab, the ambitious aviation-specific incubator that brings some of the largest global pioneers under one umbrella, was unveiled at AREA 2071, recently. Aviation X Lab was founded in October 2017 with an MoU signed in the presence of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Aviation X Lab establishes a long-term partnership between Emirates and Airbus, Collins Aerospace, GE Aviation and Thales intending to enhance the travel experience. Telecom provider du (company) has signed on as its Digital Innovation Partner.

In partnership with Dubai Future Foundation, Aviation X Lab aims to innovate and create the next era of aviation with its bold vision to positively impact the lives of one billion people.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive Emirates Airline & Group said, “Aviation is a cornerstone of the UAE’s economy, supporting around 800,000 jobs and contributing US$47.4 billion to the economy, which is set to increase nearly three-fold by 2037. Dubai is looking to mitigate the challenges in the aviation ecosystem, and we have a laser-sharp focus on the evolution of technology and innovations that impact the industry, communities, future generations, and our planet. We want to look far beyond aviation as it exists today and embrace the innovations waiting to happen, the next set of Big Ideas in the aviation space. Aviation X Lab will identify, support, fund and make these innovations accessible globally. We aim to transform human mobility.”

Aviation X Lab announced it’s first-ever challenges with the deadline for submissions set in early 2020:

Challenge 1 – Carbon Negative Aviation Industry:

Although the aviation industry is responsible for just 2% of the world’s carbon emissions, the challenge is based on the premise that airlines produce 115 gm of CO2 per passenger, which is 859 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. The challenge is to reduce this by 100gm or 87% to 15gm of CO2 per passenger-km by 2030.

Challenge 2 – Airports to AirPortal’s:

While the travel industry is projected to double in the next 15 years, adding 3.4 billion new travellers, the current model of airports is a barrier to passenger growth. The challenge is to rethink the airports’ model to achieve metrics of 10 passengers per m2 of airport infrastructure with a 10-minute maximum transition time between landside and airside.

Aviation X Lab to Reinvent
Aviation X Lab

Aviation X Lab is inviting and reaching out to start-ups, innovators, academics, NGOs, activists, and corporates globally to participate in the challenges. The incubator will select teams and bring them to Dubai to co-create experiment and develop prototypes at their premises in Area 2071. In the next phase, up to four teams will be shortlisted and invited to pitch to investors and venture capitalists for additional funding.

Later CRM models followed similar teachings but also incorporated better overall decision-making skills. Error management became the focus of the more advance CRM training modules. CRM further evolved into teaching pilots risk management strategies, focusing on workload management, recognising hazardous attitudes or patterns, maintaining situational awareness, and communicating effectively in order to operate efficiently and safely in all aspects of flight.

Aviation X Lab is inviting and reaching out to start-ups, innovators, academics, NGOs, activists and corporates globally to participate in the challenges. The incubator will select teams and bring them to Dubai to co-create experiment and develop prototypes at their premises in Area 2071. In the next phase, up to four teams will be shortlisted and invited to pitch to investors and venture capitalists for additional funding.

The opening event witnessed demos of three key products – two from Emirates, and one from Thales.

 Emirates demonstrated two ground-breaking solutions incorporating Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology. One supports an important sustainability goal – reducing food waste. The technology provides real-time predictions and recommendations that ensure customers get their first choice in-flight while minimising quantities of unconsumed food. Bahja, an app created by a team of UAE Nationals, incorporates facial recognition technology to help measure employee happiness and provides real-time feedback. The app encourages employees to share their motivations with the user community, contributing to a happier workplace, and therefore happier customers.

Thales showcased how Solo, its virtual assistant powered by Thales True AI (Transparent, Understandable, and Ethical AI), could help increase safety and support the pilot in every decisive moment during flight. In the demo, Solo leveraged every available data to permanently provide the crew with the most efficient trajectory to optimise flight efficiency and passenger comfort.

Aviation X Lab will work in cycles of 12 months with five key active phases: launching challenges; sourcing start-ups globally; validating concepts; exploring rapid feasibility, and sourcing funding. Through this journey, X Lab will offer hands-on logistics support, research, resources, peer feedback, mentorship, and close collaboration to bring a change in the aviation ecosystem.