World Care Fund
Come on holiday with us and together we’ll do our bit for the planet. The rules are simple – donate a pound and we’ll do the rest
The money raised will be split between two organisations; World Care Fund and The CarbonNeutral Company. World Care Fund sponsors projects operated by The Travel Foundation, which help make up for the impact holidaymakers have on the environment and look after communities around the world. The CarbonNeutral Company has established its reputation as a world leading provider of carbon reduction solutions.
The Travel Foundation
These are some of the projects we support in partnership with The Travel Foundation, a charity that cares for local communities in our favourite holiday destinations by helping locals set up their own tourism businesses. The Travel Foundation’s work is supported by many leading UK travel companies.
Find out more about The Travel Foundation
The newest project, in the Dominican Republic aims to help local artisans make a better living from tourism by supplying crafts to tourism businesses. The Travel Foundation will provide training for local handicraft production companies. The training will help local artisans to develop collections that will be attractive to gift shop markets by covering design, production planning and quality control, as well as how to turn single product ideas into collections. Resort and gift shop managers from major resorts will be invited to take part in the project by providing input on the types of products and price points of interest to them, as well as feedback on the designs. Read more about this project.
The Schools Project called 'Hoops' (Helping Out Our Primary Schools) engaged 670 children and 29 teachers in growing produce. The purpose of this project is to introduce the next generation of potential farmers to horticulture skills at a young age, which is especially important in the Caribbean, where an ageing farming population and a reliance on imports is putting pressure on the future of the agriculture industry.
The Travel Foundation began working in Tobago in 2004, setting up and funding projects that demonstrate how tourism can have a positive impact on local people, culture and the environment.
Tobago traditionally had a thriving agricultural economy, but is no longer self-sufficient in food. Much of the produce consumed by the tourism industry is imported from Trinidad, the wider Caribbean and the USA. To tackle this problem the Travel Foundation set up programmes to help local people earn a better living from farming, to encourage them to get more involved with agriculture and to foster links between the agriculture and tourism industries. Click through to read more about the projects
Building on a pilot project started in 2008, Greening Sri Lanka is an EU-funded initiative which aims to help 350 hotels in Sri Lanka reduce their water and energy consumption and waste production. By providing training materials, workshop and ongoing expert support and advice, the project aims to help hoteliers reduce their water and energy consumption by up to 20%, making significant cost savings and helping to conserve natural resources. View a short video about the project.
The Travel Foundation has embarked on a new pilot project looking at the sustainability of the floating hotels used for Nile cruises.
The aim of the project is to investigate ‘greening’ cruising on the Nile. The first step, which took place in summer 2010, was to audit seven of the Nile floating hotels, operated by Spring Tours. Focusing on their environmental management system, the audit concentrated on water and energy conservation and waste reduction.
Whilst still in the early stages, the ultimate aim is to develop recommendations for river cruising that are applicable to multiple destinations. We’ll report back soon with progress made.
The CarbonNeutral Company
Since 1997 The CarbonNeutral Company has established its reputation as a world leading provider of carbon reduction solutions. They currently work with more than 400 companies in 40 countries, and have contracted more than eight million tonnes of carbon from 240 projects across 30 countries. Recently they have won Environmental Finance's Best Offset Retailer award for the second year running.
Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Forestry
This pioneering programme in Kenya is the first Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) project to gain Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) validation. Also validated to Gold Level of the Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) Standard, it is implementing critical activities for reducing deforestation while creating local sustainable development opportunities and protecting valuable ecosystems. The project is located in one of Conservation International’s Global Hotspots – areas holding especially high numbers of endemic species, yet facing extreme and immediate threats. In addition to a range of plant species,The Kasigau Corridor project is home to five mammal species that are considered endangered, vulnerable or threatened: African elephant, cheetah, lion, African hunting dog and Grevy’s zebra.
Meru Nanyuki Community Reforestation
Integrating reforestation to sequester carbon with community development activities, the Meru and Nanyuki Community Reforestation Project in Kenya, combines hundreds of individual tree planting activities and enables local communities to improve access to food and create additional sources of income beyond subsistence farming.
What is Offsetting?
Carbon offsetting is one of the ways to counter damage to the environment caused by the release of carbon dioxide (CO2), from specific activities such as driving a car, flying or heating a building. For every tonne of CO2 emitted, carbon offset donations fund the removal of an equivalent tonne of CO2 elsewhere, through energy efficiency or renewable energy projects.
What is climate change?
Climate change is the greatest environmental challenge facing the world today. Human activities such as industry, transport and energy use produce greenhouse gases, the most well-known of which is carbon dioxide (CO2). These gases cause the atmosphere to trap more heat, increasing the average global temperature of the Earth.
Rising global temperatures will bring changes in weather patterns, rising sea levels and increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather. In the leisure tourism industry, we contribute to climate change through CO2 emissions. The industry will increasingly experience the effects of global warming through changes in the length and quality of tourist seasons, an increase in the intensity of tropical storms and rainfall, and more severe droughts.
Why the focus on aviation’s contribution to climate change?
Aviation currently accounts for 2-3% of global CO2 emissions. Although this sounds a relatively small percentage, aviation is likely to remain in the spotlight because it is often seen as a ‘non-essential’ activity, is forecast to grow globally, and an alternative, renewable substitute for kerosene is unlikely to be available in the foreseeable future.
How effective is carbon offsetting in tackling climate change?
Some argue that offsetting sends the wrong signal by allowing people to think we can continue ‘business as usual’, paying for the carbon we emit rather than reducing it. Media reports in the UK have likened carbon offsetting to the medieval practice of purchasing ‘indulgences’, whereby ordinary people could pay monks a fee in order to commit a sin with impunity.
Taken alone, carbon offsetting is not the sole answer to climate change. Offsetting accounts for a fraction of all emissions produced, and in the long term we in the developed world need to radically cut our carbon emissions. However, we believe that making our customers aware of their carbon footprint will help them to make more sustainable decisions, and that whilst offsetting currently only mitigates a fraction of all emissions produced, it is funding renewable technology and energy efficiency initiatives in the developing world that otherwise would not have happened.
Is carbon offsetting TUI Travel PLC’s answer to climate change?
No. Although carbon offsetting can help to make up for some of our climate impacts, it’s not the answer to climate change. Thomson Tailormade is part of TUI Travel PLC and supports the TUI Travel PLC sustainability strategy. Carbon offsetting is just one element of TUI Travel’s wider carbon management plan:
- The first stage of any carbon management plan is to find out what you emit. TUI Travel completes a report on its carbon emissions each year for the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which can be found at www.tuitravelplc.com/sustainability/reporting
- The next step is to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide we emit, from our airlines, cruise ships, premises and ground transport. Our CDP submission outlines the steps we are taking to cut carbon
- Finally, a large number of our businesses are offering customers the opportunity to offset the unavoidable emissions from their holiday, and some of our businesses are also offsetting the unavoidable carbon emissions from their own head office operations, e.g. Exodus Holidays
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Thomson Tailormade are committed to helping to protect the environment and the local communities in the destinations you travel to with us. Click here to find out more about our commitment to Responsible Tourism