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It’s simple to travel with your drone, but..
How can you contribute to global sustainability while on travel with your drone?
by Alicia Amerson
Drones are easy to take with you on travel. In fact most drone pilots take their Unmanned Aerial Vehicle with them on personal and business travel. (see reference below on flying with your drone.)
Sustainable travel is a topic that many of us are becoming more familiar with as travel popularity increases. With our ability to travel anywhere around the world in a relatively short amount of time we are significantly impacting local resources and contributing to massive debris issues in communities that lack well-designed waste disposal infrastructure.
My tourism research and continued curiosity about sustainable tourism drove me to dive into the United Nations 17 sustainable development goals to transform our world. This idea of integrating drones to benefit humanity and to respect wildlife is of great importance for the world. Why don't we start take the transformation to another level by combining drones into the 17 UN sustainable development goals. We use drones in various industries and drones provide unsurmountable benefits when used for good such as providing aid, information, and new perspectives to communities.
In particular, the UN sustainable development goal that caught my interest today is:
Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
Sustainable consumption and production aims at “doing more and better with less,” increasing net welfare gains from economic activities by reducing resource use, degradation and pollution along the whole lifecycle, while increasing quality of life.
As tourists we need to remember the privilege of exploration comes at a cost and our transportation, use of water and food, local accommodations, mosquito protection, increased security, and cultural interactions will never be completely sustainable. Every industry has impacts to the environment, so does tourism. Buying the word “sustainable or eco-friendly” may not indeed be either of those. For example, many of the products at a hotel may “eco-friendly” written on them but then is tossed in a local watershed after your visit.
Let’s take a flashback to the period of time before you arrived at the airport, how much effort did you put into your travel plans at this point in time?
What was it about the location that captured your creativity or interest in bringing your drone?
Did you consider eco-friendly or sustainable options in your travel plans or accomodations?
Sustainable consumption and production is about promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs and a better quality of life for all.
Our responsibility as Remote PICs is to manage the control station, communicate with supporting crew, mitigate risks, and prepare for emergencies. The skills necessary to take on this leadership role are applicable to many other areas in life - including using drones to benefit humanity when we travel.
As a Remote PIC when you select one or a few of the ideas below your travel activities will be transformed and you will make a difference to an individual or a community. This tip page is a Pick-Your-Own-Adventure story. How will you use your drone to contribute to UN Sustainability Goal #12:
Most important tip:
Reflect on your personal environmental impacts while on travel, ask yourself, “Am I flying my drone respectfully and in a way that benefits humanity and respects wildlife?” If so, then keep up the good work!
We’d love to know other tips to make the sustainable flight mission more robust. Share your ideas, tips,and stories with us.
FLYING WITH YOUR DRONE: