Intrepid Travel to become ‘climate positive’ by 2020 as part of Earth Day goals

The Intrepid Foundation to raise $350k for a seaweed solution to climate change, matching all donations dollar-for-dollar. Carbon-neutral travel company aims to be first travel company to become climate positive, donating 40% of profits from Family trips to preserve planet for next generation of travellers

​The global tour operator is taking the first step towards that goal with the launch of a campaign through its not-for-profit – The Intrepid Foundation – that will raise $350,000 AUD for an innovative new seaweed solution

Joining forces with the Climate Foundation and the University of Tasmania, The Intrepid Foundation is crowdfunding for a new marine permaculture initiative that will regenerate marine ecosystems in Tasmania and sequester carbon from the atmosphere.

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All donations made to the project through The Intrepid Foundation will be matched dollar for dollar.

Darrell Wade, co-Founder of Intrepid Travel said: “The global climate crisis is escalating, but ignoring the problem isn’t going to make it go away. We need to act now. The good news is that there are solutions.

“Climate action has to be a priority for anyone who loves travel. We believe that we have a responsibility to make a positive difference and help to preserve the planet for the next generation of travellers.”

Intrepid has been a carbon-neutral company since 2010, purchasing carbon credits associated with a range of renewable energy projects. These include a wind power project in India, a rainforest restoration initiative in Borneo and forest protection project in Malawi.

By focusing on reductions, restoration, regeneration, and offsetting emissions beyond its value chain, Intrepid now hopes to become the first global travel company to become climate positive.

Dr. Brian von Herzen, Executive Director of the Climate Foundation, added: “Marine permaculture enables us to regenerate kelp forests that have been lost to climate disruption. These projects not only draw down carbon dioxide, they help to ensure marine biodiversity for generations to come.”

Inspired by children around the world striking for climate action and the visionary new documentary, 2040, Intrepid Travel will also donate to the project 40% of all profits from family holidays booked  between Earth Day and the end of June 2019.

From tiger spotting in India’s Ranthambore National Park to trekking Costa Rica’s active volcanoes, these family trips showcase Earth’s finest to our next generation of travellers who will go on to change the world.

For more information, visit www.intrepidtravel.com/uk/regeneration-generation

Some of the technologies to fight climate change are explored in a new documentary 2040, to be released in Australian cinemas in May. The film looks at what the future could look like if we adopted the best regenerative climate solutions already available to us, including marine permaculture. As part of its commitment to climate change solutions, The Intrepid Foundation supported the film with an AU $100,000 donation. For more information, visit www.whatsyour2040.com