Survival in business and in the wild require the same foundations. And you don't have to be a hero!
When I was young, I would watch David Attenborough on the TV with my family and dream of travelling around the world, researching and helping animals. I was delighted that in 2017, Branch Out, a little company we started some years ago, gained recognition by Eco Tourism Australia for taking action that helps, rather than hurts, our wonderful planet.
Our new endorsement by Eco Tourism Australia, comes with a great responsibility to think about every aspect of our business and it's impact on the environment and also how we respect the cultural heritage of Australia (another great aspect of the work that Eco Tourism undertake). Here's a few of the key initiatives that we will be putting in place in 2018 and although our contribution may be small, every bit makes a difference.
This is as glamourous as it sounds. Wherever possible, we aim to reduce the waste that we create in the office and the field, but we also remove waste wherever we go and at least ensure that it is distributed appropriately, rather than into the environment or the ocean. There are an estimated 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating around our oceans, it is a significant issue for our planet.
We play a growing role in helping to engage and educate school kids (and grown kids too) on environmental and cultural issues. If we can inspire kids to think differently about the way that we engage with the planet, we can make a real difference to our future.
We work with some great businesses who also suppport issues that matter for our planet. Some are simply content that part of their proceeds goes to our Explorer program for kids, others will have a deeper involvement in co-sponsoring events that help to raise awareness and engage the community in our mission.
Choosing who we work with
It sounds simple, but by selecting tour operators that are Eco-Friendly, we are helping to fuel a more positive approach in how we work in synergy with our environment. Equally, that goes for our customers: who will likely choose us, because they too feel responsibility for the planet. We gladly say 'No, thank you' to work that runs against our values.
Any travel has a cost to the environment, though many airlines are working hard to improve efficiencies and as a by-product reduce reduce carbon emissions. On the ground, we will always recommend human powered activity over mechanical, it is better for your body and the environment...and arguably more fun!
Our list is by no means comprehensive or absolute, we would welcome any additional ideas. What contribution does your organisation make towards the health of our planet?
If you would like to hear more about our work, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for reading and happy adventuring!
Founder | Branch Out
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