We need our planet tomorrow.
So our planet needs us today.
Better Safaris take climate change, wildlife conservation and sustainability very seriously. We simply cannot live without our planet, nor consider how our travel (both positively and negatively) impacts the environment, people and animals and so it’s our moral and ethical responsibility to do what we can as individuals and as a company.
Better Safaris are signatories on the 2021 United Nations COP26 Glasgow Declaration.
The Glasgow Declaration is a catalyst for increased urgency about the need to accelerate climate action in tourism and to secure strong actions and commitment to cut tourism emissions in half over the next decade and reach Net Zero emissions as soon as possible before 2050.
We have long known that our dependence on fossil fuels, unsustainable land use, and wasteful consumption patterns drive climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss. Recently, COVID-19 has deepened our awareness of the connection between these impacts and risks to human health.
Rebalancing our relationship with nature is critical to regenerating both its ecological health and our personal, social and economic well-being. It is also critical for tourism, which relies on and connects us with flourishing ecosystems. Restoring nature – and our relationship with it – will be key to our sector’s recovery from the pandemic, as well as its future prosperity and resilience.
According to the latest UNWTO/ITF research, tourism CO2 emissions grew at least 60% from 2005 to 2016, with transport-related CO2 causing 5% of global emissions in 2016. Unless we accelerate decarbonisation, sector CO2 emissions could rise 25% or more by 2030, compared to 2016.
As outlined in the One Planet Vision for a Responsible Recovery of Tourism from COVID-19, committing to and planning for a green recovery offers us a unique opportunity to transform the tourism sector in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. If we can move rapidly away from carbon- and material-intensive ways of delivering traveller experiences, instead prioritising community and ecosystem wellbeing, then tourism can be a leader in transforming to a low-carbon future.
Better Safaris wholeheartedly support all efforts to ensure sustainability within tourism, along with our own personal actions to reduce, reuse, recycle in our every day lives.
To learn more about the Glasgow Declaration, click here
Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency
Better Safaris are signatories on the official Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency declaration and hereby outline our goals and promises to play our part towards a more sustainable future.
We declare our shared commitment to unite all stakeholders in transforming tourism to deliver effective climate action.
We support the global commitment to halve emissions by 2030 and reach Net Zero as soon as possible before 2050.
We will consistently align our actions with the latest scientific recommendations, so as to ensure our approach remains consistent with a rise of no more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100.
As a signatory, we commit to:
- Deliver a climate action plan within 12 month of signing.
- Report publicly both progress against interim and long-term targets, as well as the actions being taken, at least annually.
- Align our plan with five shared pathways (measure, decarbonise, regenerate, collaborate, finance) to ensure climate action is consistent across all of tourism.
- Share information on activities connected to Tourism Declares and/or the Glasgow Declaration among contacts and networks.
- Work in a collaborative and constructive spirit with other members of Tourism Declares and/or signatories of the Glasgow Declaration.
To learn more about Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency, click here
PLANTING TREES WITH ECOSIA
Better Safaris are taking every step to be as sustainable as possible, both personally and as a business. Which is why we use Ecosia – a web search engine that plants trees as you search – a WIN-WIN for the environment. Ecosia use the profit they make from your searches to plant trees where they are needed most.
To learn more and to get the free browser extension and plant trees with every search. Click here
GORILLA CONSERVATION COFFEE
Gorilla Conservation Coffee is a social enterprise of Conservation Through Public Health, founded by Dr. Gladys and is the first Ugandan coffee expressly created to help conserve the mountain gorillas by directly supporting farmers living around the gorillas’ habitat.
Click here to learn more and to buy Gorilla Conservation Coffee in Uganda, New Zealand, US, Canada and support local farmers and endangered mountain gorillas.