Vacations like our one will always damage the environment a bit, at least until we invent new travel solutions. The flight, the food and our way of using water will have the most impact on the climate. The aircraft is going to release 2.6 tons of carbon dioxide which is quite much for just a vacation and as much as driving to Stockholm from Halmstad with car 27 times. Trips like this one will affect the greenhouse effect slowly in the short term. But we, humans have done trips like our one in the long term now and we’ve already seen some of the consequences that’s about to come if we continue living like we do.
The climate will also take damage while we are in Gran Canaria but it’s not ourselves, indirect that will make that damage. By staying at an all inclusive hotel you are a part of the hotel climate influences. All inclusive hotels wastes a lot of food which will result in an increased greenhouse effect by burning it. But it can also result in a good cause. You can extract the energy from the food and use it as fuel for vehicles or use the nutrients in the food and replace it with fertilizers which is very bad for the environment. The company we are travelling with doesn’t write anything about organic or locally made food which means that the food probably have been shipped from different places all over the world. Since it’s a volcano island the food have to be shipped there, either by boat or plane which isn’t environmentally friendly.
It requires a lot of resources to produce all the food to the hotel in form of example water and breeding the animals. Cows and sheeps are releasing a lots of methane gas which is 23 times worse than carbon dioxide in an environmentally perspective. The animals manure, feed and their feces are also bad for the environment.
We won’t do that many activities on the vacation except driving a moped from the hotel to the volcano on Gran Canaria. When doing that carbon dioxide will be released and the greenhouse effect will be increased.
We are conscious that our mopedtrip also will affect the nature and the animallife there. We will be careful and make sure that we leave all the places as it was when we come. We will also be careful so the animals don`t take that much damage. One important thing is to make sure that we throw our trash in trashcans. We are not sure how the animals live there or if there is any nature reserve but we will follow all the rules.
We will take the train from Halmstad to Copenhagen, the people that work on trains and for example SJ have good working conditions and a good salary. We don't know which airline we are going to fly with because it’s Ving that fixes that. We haven't heard that people that work on airlines got bad bad working conditions. We are going to take the bus from the airport in Gran canaria to the hotel. We are not sure if the busdriver have got a good salary or good working conditions at all and it's hard to look it up. It would be better for the social conditions if we would rent a car on Gran canaria and the workers would probably have better working conditions. But if you look at it from the environment perspective it's much better to take the bus since it can take more people. We will stay at the hotel most of the time and we aren't in need of a car. It would cost more money and carbon dioxide would be released.
Our trip is booked with Ving, a travel company that arranges many trips to different countries. Ving has following guidelines within social conditions: working conditions, child labor, environment and childsex tourism. Ving educates workers at the hotel after this points. Vings hotels and trips are examined by “Travelife” which is an independent organisation that works for a good travel life. We think that Ving sounds like a serious travel company that care about it’s workers. But we are conscious and know that some hotels make their workers work under bad circumstances with a low salary, maybe the hotel that we are going to stay at has some bad sides that are hidden. We also know that all inclusive hotels don’t generates money the country or the state at all. All inclusive hotels makes the people stay at the hotel most of the time and don't visit the city or tourist shops. It can be both good and bad for the indigenous people, it can be good and boring if the tourists stays at the hotel all the time. The local markets can`t take part of the money from the tourists at all. We chose to travel with Ving and stay at an all inclusive hotel because that means that we just can relax and don't care about more than ourselves. We will also know exactly how much the trip will cost and it will not appear any unexpected costs.
The islands is ruled by the spanish socialist party so it’s a part of Spain, the type of regime there has evolved from dictatorship to democracy since 1975 and some regions are ruled by autonomy for some extant. Spain has 17 autonomous regions, one of them is Canary islands’ region. Which means that it has its own terms and political circumstances. But it’s although a part of Spain which is currently facing a real political problems because of some corruption scandals between two of the biggest parties in the country. There are also lots of conflicts between the central government in Madrid and regional government in Barcelona, which pushed Catalonia to break a part of Spain to become an independent state.