LOVE THE EARTH. LIGHTEN YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
We care about climate change and reducing our environmental impact. Travel-related activities account for up to 14 percent of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions that affect climate change.
We can help to stop climate change while still enjoying our adventures around the world. Understanding your carbon footprint, reducing emissions wherever possible, and offsetting direct carbon emissions that cannot be reduced or eliminated is a great start to making a difference to be kind to the climate.
It’s easy. Use our carbon calculator to get started! We invite all the women on our adventures to mitigate your climate impact of their flights by checking your footprint using this handy calculator and offsetting it through Offsetters.
WILD WOMEN ARE KIND TO OUR CLIMATE
WWE will be offsetting all domestic flights on all trips including staff travel. We ask that you consider offsetting your flights to and from your trip. It’s a simple thing we can all do to help the environment and feel good about how we travel. As a leader in sustainable tourism, we want to do our part by eliminating any damage we do to the planet, taking action, and working towards climate conservation. We have partnered with Carbon Offsetters- Canada’s leading provider of sustainability and carbon-management solutions. Offsetters will help WWE with our carbon management.
WWE’s offsets will provide funding for new projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These are projects that, because of financial or technical barriers, could not go forward without offset funding. These offsets will have an impact on the community, and make a measurable difference towards climate conservation.
WILD WOMEN SUPPORTS THE GREAT BEAR FOREST CARBON PROJECT
The Great Bear Rainforest is a global treasure that covers 6.4 million hectares on British Columbia’s north and central coast – equivalent in size to Ireland. It’s home to the largest intact coastal temperate rainforest remaining in the world. The resources of the Great Bear are vast and valuable to Coastal First Nations, environmental groups, forest companies, and governments. Together, these groups have adopted an Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) approach that values the forest not as a source of lumber alone, but as a balanced system that sustains biodiversity and an enriched community. WWE can help protect this valuable resource by investing in a conservation economy through the purchase of carbon offsets.
The Great Bear Forest Carbon Project is an Improved Forest Management initiative, which generates carbon emission reductions by protecting forest areas that were previously approved for commercial logging. Emissions caused by harvesting, road building and other forestry operations are also prevented. It is a landmark project for balancing human well-being and ecological integrity and is the first carbon project in North America on traditional territory with unextinguished Aboriginal rights and title.
Funds from the sale of carbon offsets in the GBR will go towards creating jobs within the First Nations Communities in the project area. By creating a conservation economy that puts a dollar value on carbon absorption, funds are returned to the original stewards of this land.
WE SUPPORT THE QUADRA ISLAND FORESTLAND CONSERVATION PROJECT
Quadra Island is an island off the eastern coast of Vancouver Island and is the largest of the Discovery Islands. It serves as a popular destination for tourists and vacationers, and substantial logging occurs on the island. The purpose of The Quadra Island Forestland Conservation Project is to meet two main objectives: reduce greenhouse gas levels and conserve site-specific features.
The project ensures that 418 hectares of forestland along the coastline—previously designated to be logged or converted to vacation homes—is now protected parkland. The area joins two existing parks, including rare second growth Hemlocks, and contains 10 Aboriginal heritage sites and a historical Aboriginal portage route. The BC government has been trying to protect the area for almost 20 years. It was only with the promise of funding from carbon offsets, along with contributions from a diverse group of donors and a land trade, that it was possible for the government to purchase the site.
WE SUPPORT THE COOKSTOVE PROJECT IN UGANDA
Carbon offset funds have enabled the increased distribution of efficient wood-burning cookstoves in Uganda to households and institutions. More than 95% of Ugandans rely on wood as fuel for cooking and boiling water in both rural and urban areas. The conventional cookstoves used are inefficient which increases the amount of wood required to prepare a meal. The Cookstove Project In Uganda will help replace conventional cookstoves with a more efficient stove called a “rocket stove”.
Transitioning to the new highly efficient cookstoves will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the amount of particulate matter that is released into the atmosphere. The carbon benefits from using these stoves rather than the status quo wood stoves significantly reduce the amount of particulate matter that is released into the family homes, as the stove uses 50% less wood. The new cookstoves will greatly improve indoor air quality, which positively impacts respiratory health, birth weights and mortality rates.