Here are some suggestions for promoting sustainability and being more environmentally conscious together:
Opt for train travel: When planning your journey to Kraków, consider taking the train, as it offers a greener alternative to flying or driving. Kraków is well-connected to various European cities, such as Berlin, Budapest, and Vienna, making train travel a convenient and scenic option. Even within Poland, trains are a recommended choice for domestic travel.
Embrace public transit: The conference venue is situated in the city center, with excellent connectivity to different parts of Kraków. Utilize public buses and trams to get around the city easily. To find the best routes and timetables, visit the website or download the 'Jakdojade' mobile application. It's worth noting that Google Maps may not always provide accurate public transit information for Kraków.
Rent a bike: While Kraków may not have as many cyclists as the Netherlands, biking is gaining popularity. Downtown Kraków has several bike rental places, such as KRKBIKERENTAL , where you can easily rent a bike and explore the city in an eco-friendly way.
Reduce meat consumption: Challenge the notion that Poland is solely for meat-eaters. Warsaw is renowned as one of the best vegan-friendly cities in Europe, and Kraków is not far behind. Take a look at the numerous vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Kraków, as listed, and consider trying out plant-based meals. During the conference, vegetarian and vegan food will be served during lunches and coffee breaks, making it easier for attendees to make sustainable dietary choices.
Minimize food waste: Recent analyses have highlighted the alarming amount of food waste in the EU. Let's strive to reduce this number by being mindful of our food choices. Think consciously about what you consume and aim to minimize waste.
Embrace tap water: In Kraków, tap water is perfectly safe to drink and known for its excellent taste. Use a reusable water bottle to avoid single-use plastic waste. While some cafes and restaurants may offer bottled water, feel free to request tap water instead. Most establishments should accommodate this request.
Bring a reusable cup: Many cafes, bars, and restaurants in Kraków allow customers to use their own cups for beverages. Conveniently, some of these establishments are located near the conference venue. Consider carrying a reusable cup to enjoy your drinks while minimizing disposable cup waste.
Use cloth bags: If you're staying in apartments or plan to do grocery or general shopping, bring cloth bags or any other form of reusable bags. By reducing the use of single-use plastic or paper bags, you can contribute to reducing waste. Remember to add a cloth bag to your shopping list if you don't already have one.
Practice waste sorting: If waste generation cannot be avoided, please make an effort to sort your waste into the appropriate categories. At the conference venue, you will find designated bins with symbols indicating how to separate and dispose of different types of waste. Translations for the text/symbols will be provided to facilitate easy waste sorting.
Support local and international sustainability initiatives: While individuals have limits to what they can achieve alone, we can still contribute by supporting environmental organizations. Consider backing Polish environmental organizations, such as POLSKI ALARM SMOGOWY, which work towards sustainability and conservation goals.
By adopting these practices collectively, we can make a positive impact on the environment and work towards a greener future.
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