Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Hi everybody, welcome I am so excited today Because my family has come to visit me For the first time ever This is my brother Jonathan who came from the U.S. He is 2 years older than me Are you ? I'm 2 years older 2 years smarter Behind me is my cousin Nati Who came all the way from Israel Hi everybody This is my editor A(@£ùé I cannot pronounce your name Aurélien This is Aurélien from France He's behind the camera You can't even see him No you don't see me He's invisible What is your impression of Taiwan so far ? I really love it, especially the food I'm sending pictures of all of the soups and fruit home To my wife Megan, to make her jealous That she didn't get to come So basically, we've been eating non-stop Because it's been raining non-stop But finally, today is a beautiful day And we're finally going out to travel The theme of today's video is actually Ecological tourism and different ways That we can reduce our carbon footprint And the pollution we make while we're travelling So you guys are not off to a good start As flying really uses a lot of emissions I considered coming by boat You would have come halfway across And then you would have had to turn back I'm not doing so well neither I'm driving quite an old car We do have 4 people in here Which is a little bit better But all the things I added on the side The large mirrors And the lights I've put on All those things reduce aerodynamic efficiency Anyways that was too long and drown out That's why we have an editor In my head, I'm already editing you all out Traveling less far consumes less carbon So do the slower forms of transportation Like your feet Which makes hiking and outdoor sports A great low impact form of tourism Suspension bridges like this Are very common all over Taiwan There are really amazing bridges I know you're a bridge guy I love bridges You like bridges and trains That's a good combination Yeah, you'll feel really at home in Taiwan Wow ! Look at that Yeah The scenary is really amazing It feels prehistoric You could put a dinosaur here And it would look in context Yes It wouldn't be out of place These are Aboriginal costumes ? Yes, these are the Aboriginal clothing Be careful, these rocks are slippery, okay ? 小飛嗎？ Are you Xiao Fei ? 欸，你好 Oh hello 你是哪裡人？ Where do you come from ? 美國 America 哪裡？ Where in America ? 北卡羅來納 North Carolina How come you don't have a Red Neck accent ? Whacha talkin' bout ? Aw Man You can go around this way This way ? Your hair is so interesting in the green forest Yeah I wear it for camouflage You were very excited About the garbage trucks here in Taiwan I was, they sound like ice cream trucks in the U.S. When I first got to Taiwan I was just hungry for ice cream all the time It's like a background feeling You just hear it and you want ice cream In Taiwan, there is quite high levels of recycling I'm was thinking about that actually Because the quality of recyclable materials In the U.S. Is quite low Because Americans just won't separate it A lot of things that should be recycled Can't be recycled Because of the contamination within the recycling bin You're saying they have a recycling bin And a trash bin And they put everything in both of them The recycling in Israel isn't done very well But... Because Israel is a very dry country We try to be very smart about our water Either by the way use it or how we do irrigation For agriculture We use the dripping system But also for public awareness About not leaving your tap open all the time Yes, I think it's quite impressive The way they do it in Israel We need to do it all over the world Because the more water we use It's not just about water The treatment of that water takes a lot of energy How do they get people to conserve water in Israel? How did that come around? There's a lot of advertising on television We really don't have anything like that in the U.S. But it sounds like a good idea Actually they are doing stuffs like that here This video was actually commissioned by the E.P.A. To call attention to their new app Green Points Green Points is a way to keep track Of the products that you buy And which ones are certified by the E.P.A. As taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint And that way, you can also earn discounts And save money It's a pretty cool app There's a link in the description And we'll get to the details About how to use Green Points In a minute But first It's time to cool off At Triangle Lake Water Slide We're in Miaoli now This is Miaoli County We were already in Miaoli before But now we're in the south part of Miaoli Near Taichung And we're going to a resort That is one of the few resorts in Taiwan That has 4 certifications From the E.P.A. For low energy consumption And low waste consumption high recycling All of this stuffs So it's pretty cool I've never been to it, I heard a lot about it Lots of things are made out of recyclable materials That sounds pretty cool Beautiful, beautiful weather today Miaoli weather Nice and sunny Miaoli While we checked in, the rain finally stopped And we were able to go check out the park Please, walk on the grass I think what they did here was pretty nice They just took this whole area behind me That forest there And they just closed it to human entry And made it sort of an ecological park Then, during firefly season Because that area is relatively undisturbed The fireflies will just come out And you can view them here They turn on the special lights You can see all the fireflies here from April to May So in order to increase the ecological awareness And encourage people to use less CO2 And buy greener products The E.P.A. has created a new app Called Green Points I'll put a link to where you can find it Down below With this app, you can keep track of the products you buy And then, you can get reward points for them Which you can then redeem at convenience stores For discounts And free products To participate Just look for this logo For the ecological footprint And this logo For Green Levels Which you can find on the back Of any product in Taiwan Here is a list of the stores that are participating In this program In order for companies to participate in this program What they have to do Is measure the entire ecological footprint Of their product From manufacture to use of transportation And then, finally, disposal And then, they have to take steps To reduce that amount You can find all these informations On the E.P.A. website Where they have a list of which product Did what to reduce their ecological footprint This process has to be repeated every 2 years So it's important that when we purchase products We choose products That have taken he steps to reduce their footprint To encourage more companies To reduce the waste that they create And to also reduce our impact On the environment in general As humans In addition to products with these labels The points are also accumulated By public transportation Just swipe your Easy Card or MRT Card And the points will automatically be accumulated In your account Another way to reduce your ecological footprint Is to eat at restaurants That use locally sourced food So now, let's check it out We're gonna go to the West Lake Restaurant And eat food from local farms It was so great to have my family here in Taiwan For the very 1st time We took the long way around And my brother identified All the plants in the forest for us So they have educational programs ? Yes, they have educational programs here Yesterday it was full of kids They take them around And basically give them the tour That you, as a non-Taiwanese person Are somehow giving me Because you could recognise all the flowers And plants, and stuffs This is Blood Flower This is an annual milkweed Plant from the milkweed family from South America It's not native to Taiwan It's native to South America Look at this guy Look at him, just look at him This is wisteria Which I knew I definitely didn't need Jonathan to say it first Before I knew what it was But he's very good with the plants Because he is a firefighter I'm not sure why it makes him good with plants The guy here from the hotel was telling me That the white flowers over there Attract different kind of butterflies The purple butterflies really like this flower I think you're the only person I know Who could ever say "Oh look at all these butterflies"