We are joining with many other tourism organisations large and small around the globe to lead on climate action.

Ilha Blue is a community-based social enterprise based on the tiny Island of Mozambique (Ilha de Moçambique / On’hipiti); we believe we can still have a big impact by sweating the little things. Small examples inspire bigger examples.

When Tourism Declares emerged in January 2020 we were caught up in the most devastating bushfires Australia has ever witnessed. This is not climate change or climate crisis – this is a climate emergency. Everyone must act. Whilst our style of operation is relatively low in carbon emissions– biking, sailing, kayaking, snorkelling and camping we acknowledge that we are part of an industry that has a hefty carbon footprint. As such, we have decided to become a signatory to the global Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency initiative.

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, and call for urgent regulatory action to accelerate the transition towards zero carbon air travel.

 

Please consider also declaring at www.tourismdeclares.com, and follow on @tourismdeclares on Twitter, Facebook or Linkedin