A few months back I popped over to Rick Steves’ page on Facebook to see what he had going on. We all know that Rick Steves is the godfather of travel, do we not? (We do). It goes without saying then, that when I spied his new post entitled “Our Climate Smart Commitment,” I had to read on.
You can read it here, but here’s the gist:
Travel is wonderful, awe-inspiring and (I would argue) necessary. Travel is also harmful to the environment.
We cannot, as responsible travelers, ignore the fact that the flights we take emit carbon dioxide into our earth’s atmosphere at alarming rates.
But there is something we can do.
Rick Steves is contributing $1 million in 2019 (breaking down to $30 per traveler in his guided tours) to projects in the Global South that fund “a diverse portfolio of climate-smart organizations that work to advocate for smart policies and laws, conserve biodiverse lands, support small farms, and develop climate-smart agriculture and forestry practices.” (Quotation taken from this post.)
I found it interesting that Rick Steves simply hadn’t chosen to pay airlines a fee to offset the carbon emissions produced by each traveler. That would make sense, right? Turns out, not so much.
Travelers, I’ve been doing a bit of digging (post Rick Steves-inspirational research!) and what follows is what I found out about carbon neutrality, and why Whisked Away will be doing something about it too.