FUTURE FOR ALL.
“Every one is responsible to all men
for all men and for everything.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
We Declare a Climate Emergency
We’ve signed up to Tourism Declares, an initiative that supports tourism businesses, organisations and individuals in declaring a climate emergency and taking purposeful action to reduce their carbon emissions as per the advice from The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to cut global carbon emissions to 55% below 2017 levels by 2030.
Like all signatories, we have committed to the following five actions:
1. Develop a ‘Climate Emergency Plan’ within the next 12 months, which sets out our intentions to reduce carbon emissions over the next decade.
2. Share an initial public declaration of our ‘Climate Emergency Plan’, and update on progress each year.
3. Accept current IPCC advice stating the need to cut global carbon emissions to 55% below 2017 levels by 2030 in order to keep the planet within 1.5 degrees of warming. We’ll ensure our ‘Climate Emergency Plan’ represents actions designed to achieve this as a minimum, through delivering transparent, measurable and increasing reductions in the total carbon emissions per customer arising from our operations and the travel services sold by us.
4. Encourage our suppliers and partners to make the same declaration; sharing best practice amongst peers; and actively participate in the Tourism Declares community
5. Advocate for change. We recognise the need for system change across the industry to accelerate a just transition towards carbon-free tourism.
Please consider also declaring at www.tourismdeclares.com, and follow on @tourismdeclares on Twitter, Facebook or Linkedin
What we have already done:
- No Internal Flights. None of our tours contain internal flights. There are always much less damaging ways to travel around a country.
- Public transport at the forefront. When there is a useful public transport option available we use it.
- Staff Travel. We subsidise our staff journeys to work when they walk, bike or take public transport.
-When we use private transfers we do our best to find a fare on the return, if different customers are going to the same place at the same time we combine the vehicles.
- On group tours we provide opportunities to refill bottles rather than buying plastic bottles.
- We use filtered tap water in the office and provide free of charge to customers on our tours
- Our staff and guides lead by example when it comes to collecting rubbish from the environment.
-We maintain our sporting equipment and keep it going in good condition for many years rather than replacements every few years
What we plan to do:
- Start using electric vehicles and boats when they become available locally.
- Install solar power on our main office ( already done at the branch and at one staff accommodation).
- Plant a forest / re-wilding project where every visitor leaves behind a tree as their footprint.