Is travelling in an eco-friendly way important to Canadians? According to a new TD Friends of the Environment poll, it’s not.
TD’s survey of 1,002 Canadians revealed that 83% of us have never taken a green vacation – a trip where tourism is sustainable and there is a low environmental impact through eco-friendly transport, accommodation and tours.
Of Canadians who haven’t taken a green vacation, 25% say they haven’t because it just isn’t a priority, 9% haven’t because it’s too expensive to travel green and another 20% admit they really don’t know why they haven’t been on an eco trip.
“While we often think about our impact to the environment at home, our research shows that the majority of Canadians aren’t as concerned about the environment when they’re away,” Mary Desjardins, executive director of TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, said in a press release. “There are a number of easy and inexpensive ways to make travel a little greener, from using e-tickets to taking public transit while sightseeing.”
Canadians are open to the idea of taking a green vacation — if the price is right. Fifty-nine per cent of Canadians said they’d take an eco trip if it was priced the same as a regular vacation, while 39% said they would consider it if the amenities were the same as on a regular trip.
Eleven per cent of respondents say they would never book an eco-friendly vacation.