Travel Differently are clear that we are facing a climate crisis, and so have joined Tourism Declares, the Future Of Tourism, and are founding signatories of the Glasgow Declaration, three initiatives that pledge action in the travel industry to publicly recognise and combat the threat that our planet faces.
At Travel Differently we are clear that tourism can have either a profoundly positive or negative impact on the planet, it's ecosystems, it's wildlife, and it's people, depending on whether sustainability and science are put ahead of profit and short-term gains. With the climate crisis becoming increasingly obvious and immediate in its threat, we want to state publicly that we recognise the emergency, and pledge to work with the wider travel industry in tackling the threat.
The first part of our commitment is to combine the crucial necessity of carbon reduction with science-based carbon offsetting on all our trips equivalent to 150%, plus an additional donation towards emerging carbon capture technology.
The cold reality for travel-lovers is that we must reduce emissions by flying less often. We decided to limit ourselves personally to one flight-based trip per year, but also to go for longer and explore more by land when we do travel.
This is why as a company we don't arrange trips of less than 12 days if they involve flights, and encourage longer stays when time and budget allows.
We automatically offset not just flights but also land transport on our trips, using accredited schemes through Sustainable Travel International. These projects combine carbon offset initiatives with crucial sustainable development work.
Your travel documents will include a breakdown of estimated emissions for the trip, and a certificate showing where these have been offset.
It is becoming apparent that simply reducing and offsetting carbon emissions isn't enough to halt tourisms impact on the climate emergency. We also need to remove much of what has already been released into out atmosphere.
That is why we have additionally partnered with Tomorrow's Air, a travel collective supporting Direct Air Capture technology. Read more below.
Travel Differently have teamed up with Tomorrow’s Air, a travel collective engaging companies and individuals to scale up the use of technology to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and store it permanently via direct air capture. Scientists estimate that carbon dioxide will need to be removed at the scale of over 10 gigatons per year by 2050, and with the current capacity for removal at less than one-tenth of this, we encourage additional investment in carbon removal technology as part of a wider plan on top of carbon reduction and offsetting to help restore our climate.
Air is pulled into a carbon removal collector with a fan, where carbon dioxide is captured on the surface of a filter inside the collectors. Once the filter is full with carbon dioxide, the collector is closed. High concentration carbon dioxide is mixed with water and pumped deep underground. Through natural mineralization, the carbon dioxide reacts with basalt rock and turns into rock.
Tomorrow's Air partner Climeworks pioneered the modular CO₂ collectors that can be stacked to build machines of any size. Their direct air capture machines are powered solely by renewable energy or energy-from-waste.
To help spread the word and support this initiative, Travel Differently will purchase an individual Tomorrow's Air membership package for anybody booking a holiday through us, removing additional carbon from the atmosphere and giving you access to special benefits from a curated community of travel brands. Of course if you would rather not be signed-up, we can simply make an equivalent donation.
This is on top of our automatic carbon offsetting, as we aim to make your holidays not just carbon balanced, but nett-positive.
We have also signed-up to the Future Of Tourism and their 12 guiding principles, designed to develop a better and more sustainable travel industry, and the Glasgow Declaration which will be formally unveiled at the COP23 conference in November.
We will publish more information on this very soon.