Spring has arrived with bats, butterflies, nest-building! Weekends and school holidays are spent at the beach. Ice creams, sunhats, and sandcastles are part of a visit to the beach. But can a visit to the beach involve biomimicry?
Biomimicry is the conscious observation of the natural world. The observations can be used to solve problems. Travelling is lovely but tourism is also a huge problem.
Animals that travel often have a positive impact on the place they visit. Every year millions of animals migrate. Migrations are impressive and often animals travel thousands of miles by land, sea, or air. But migration also has a vital role to play in the ecosystem and it affects the distribution of prey and predators and keeps nutrients cycling around the planet. Plants and fungi also travel, pollen and seeds are spread by land, sea, and air.
“Among their many ecological roles, whales recycle nutrients and enhance primary productivity in areas where they feed.” They do this by feeding at depth and releasing fecal plumes near the surface—which supports plankton growth—a remarkable process described as a “whale pump.” Whales also move nutrients thousands of miles from productive feeding areas at high latitudes to calving areas at lower latitudes.” Phys org
Sustainable travelling means that you try not to harm the natural environments. But travelling and a visit to the beach can also be regenerative. Regenerative travelling means that you give something back to the place that you visit.
“If being “green” is about doing less damage and “sustainability” is about reaching net neutral, “regeneration” is about making things better. Better for the environment and better for the community.”Globetrender
Engage, learn and interact with the place you visit. Explore the natural area using your senses. What does the place look like? Sounds like? Can you make a positive impact on the place? Can you leave it better than you found it? A place might look better if you pick up plastic waste on the beach. Buying sourvenirs is often part of a travel experience. Check where souvenirs are made and how they are made before you buy them.
Journal your travel experience and explore ways to leave a positive impact on places you visit. What can you do?
And more importantly what is the best ice cream from a regenerative traveller’s perspective?