Climate Emergency Declaration

14 Jan

Climate Emergency Declaration

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The world of tourism is considered one of the high contributors to emissions affecting climate change. This also means of course that changes brought about in Tourism Practice will also influence positive change the most. We are committed to making that change and will collaborate actively to make this measurable, and positive.

At Ethical Travel Portal, we work with several hand-picked partners around the world, renown for their best practices in sustainability, and together we are making a small impact. Yet, we have not really found avenues of collaboration. This is an opportunity and we are not willing to let it go!

We want to take this several steps further and have now decided to become a signatory to the global “Tourism Declares Climate Emergency” initiative and commit to the following points

1. Develop a ‘Climate Emergency Plan’
Developed and Adopted within 12 months

2. Share our commitment and progress publicly
Share our initial public declaration, your ‘Climate Emergency Plan’, and update on progress against our targets each year.

3. Cut carbon emissions
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. 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. Work together
Encourage suppliers and partners to make the same declaration; share best practice amongst peers; and actively participate in the Tourism Declares community.

5. Advocate for change
Recognise the need for system change across the industry, and call for urgent regulatory action to accelerate the transition towards zero carbon air travel.


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Raj is one of the co-owners at Ethical Travel Portal and looks at future strategies in the company. He is based out of Nepal, and is an expert on experiences in the South Asian part of the world!

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