Intrepid Travel to become the first ‘climate positive’ company
With climate change policies coming to the fore during the federal election, Australian owned Intrepid Travel commits to becoming the first travel company to be climate positive by 2020
The first step in this goal is supporting a Tasmanian seaweed solution to climate change
Intrepid Travel is donating 40% of profits from its Family trips to preserve the planet for future travellers
While politicians discuss climate policies, one Australian company is investing in climate action.
Melbourne-based Intrepid Travel has committed to becoming the first of its kind to be ‘climate positive’. This means the already carbon-neutral business will create an environmental benefit by removing additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Joining forces with the Climate Foundation and the University of Tasmania, The Intrepid Foundation is crowdfunding for a new marine permaculture initiative that will regenerate marine ecosystems in Tasmania and sequester carbon from the atmosphere. All donations made to the project through the Foundation will be matched dollar for dollar with the goal of raising AUD $350,000.
The seaweed project will be one of the first of its kind in Australia.
Darrell Wade, co-Founder of Intrepid Travel said: “The global climate crisis is escalating, but ignoring the problem isn’t going to make it go away. We need to act now. The good news is that there are solutions.”
Intrepid has been a carbon-neutral company since 2010, purchasing carbon credits associated with a range of renewable energy projects. These include a wind power project in India, a rainforest restoration initiative in Borneo and forest protection project in Malawi.
“We can’t rely on governement. Climate action has to be a priority for government, private enterprise and consumers. We all have a responsibility to make urgent positive difference,” added Wade.
Dr. Brian von Herzen, Executive Director of the Climate Foundation, said: “Marine permaculture enables us to regenerate kelp forests that have been lost to climate disruption. These projects not only draw down carbon dioxide, they help to ensure marine biodiversity for generations to come.”
Inspired by children around the world striking for climate action and the visionary new documentary, 2040, Intrepid Travel will also donate 40% of all profits from their family holidays booked by the end of June 2019.
“From tiger spotting in India’s Ranthambore National Park to trekking Costa Rica’s active volcanoes, these family trips showcase Earth’s finest to our next generation of travellers who will go on to change the world,” commented Wade.
For more information, visit www.intrepidtravel.com/uk/regeneration-generation
Some of the most impactful technologies and solutions to reverse climate change are explored in a new documentary titled 2040, to be released in Australian cinemas on 23 May. The film explores what the future could look like if we adopted the best regenerative climate solutions already available to us, including marine permaculture. As part of its commitment to climate change solutions, The Intrepid Foundation supported the film with an AUD $100,000 donation. For more information, visit www.whatsyour2040.com