We declare a climate emergency
We have 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.
Over the coming three years, we will be committed to significantly reducing our impact on the environment by undertaking the following actions:
- Develop a ‘Climate Emergency Plan’ within the next 12 months, which sets out our intentions to reduce carbon emissions over the next decade.
- Share an initial public declaration of our ‘Climate Emergency Plan’, and update on progress each year.
- 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.
- Encourage our suppliers and partners to make the same declaration; sharing best practice amongst peers; and actively participate in the Tourism Declares community
- Advocate for change. We recognise the need for system change across the industry to accelerate a just transition towards carbon-free tourism.
With the guidance from World Animal Protection, we are thrilled to scale up our responsible travel policy and help change the lives of animals, forever.
We believe that all animals should be respected for their intrinsic value and that the best way to experience animals whilst on holiday is by seeing them in the wild.
Moving forward, we will only work with suppliers if the animals under their care are provided with the highest possible welfare in line with the Five Domains of Animal Welfare:
- Nutrition - Factors that involve the animal’s access to sufficient, balanced, varied and clean food and water.
- Environment - factors that enable comfort through temperature, substrate, space, air, odour, noise and predictability
- Health - factors that enable good health through absence of disease, injury, impairment and good fitness level.
- Behaviour - factors that provide varied, novel and engaging environmental challenges through sensory inputs, exploration, foraging, bonding, playing, retreating and others.
- Mental State - by presenting positive situations in the previous four functional domains, the mental state of the animal should benefit from predominantly positive states, such as pleasure, comfort or vitality, while reducing negative states such as fear, frustration, hunger, pain or boredom.
Under our guidelines, and adhering to World Animal Protection's "Wildlife Attractions & Sanctuary Checklist", we do not sell or promote venues and/or activities that offer tourists experiences with wild animals such as close interactions watching performances, photo opportunities, and visiting facilities where captive wild animals are bred and kept for commercial products.
travellers against plastic
Travellers Against Plastic (TAP) is an outreach initiative which aims to educate global travellers about the harmful impacts of using disposable plastics and therefore encourage them to travel prepared. Their vision is to catalyze a self-sustaining global movement to reduce travellers’ use and dependence on disposable plastics.
We are committed to significantly reducing our impact on the environment by undertaking the following actions:
- Help our travellers commit to reducing and avoiding single use plastics on tour.
- Educate our travellers on ways to find alternatives to single-use plastics on tour.
- Inspire others through raising awareness of how to travel more responsibly.