Global adventure travel company, Exodus Travels have announced their commitment to fighting climate change by becoming one of the first signatories of the ‘Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency’ pledge.
In doing so, the company has jumped on board with the initiative to significantly reduce the growing environmental footprint of the tourism industry – which, according to a 2018 study, accounts for about 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
In October 2018 the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) also released a crucial report on global warming, noting a consistent increase in global temperatures that is anticipated to result in a devastating impact on people and the planet by 2050. Arguably, we are already seeing some of these impacts unfold with Australia in the midst of their worst drought and bushfire season on record.
In response to these reports, a new network of organisations, companies and individuals working in the tourism industry have come together to declare a climate emergency, launched at tourismdeclares.com.
Intrepid Travel and ResponsibleTravel.com are also among the companies who have signed the pledge and are working collectively to reduce the environmental impact across the travel sector.
As a founding signatory, Exodus Travels recognises there is an urgent climate emergency and is committed to making a proactive change within the next 12 months. This will involve a plan to measure, reduce and mitigate their carbon footprint. They also commit to setting carbon reduction goals in line with the IPCC advice to cut global emissions to 55% below 2017 levels.
Already, Exodus Travels has implemented strategies to minimise their carbon impact by adopting a holistic and sustainable travel approach across all of their trips.
This involved partnering with eco-friendly, locally owned and run accommodation providers such as the Esquinas Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica; visitation to local restaurants and food markets that source food locally rather than importing; and supporting the protection of carbon-capturing biodiversity happening in places such as Finland through the Wild Oulanka Foundation.
By signing the pledge, Exodus Travels is taking a powerful step forward to creating a sustainable tourism industry across the world.
Find out more: exodustravels.com/sustainable-travel/declaration.