What is climate change?
People are not going to stop flying and they’re certainly not going to stop travelling, so it is up to airlines, governments, companies and people to find responsible, practical ways to reduce our footprint at source, and offset what we can’t avoid.
So, we have integrated our environmental commitments into our three-year development plan, which comprises carbon reduction and carbon offsetting.
Firstly, we run a carbon neutral and eco-friendly office in the UK.
We adopt an Avoid, Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, waste-management policy to minimise waste at source. Out of the office, our staff travel around to meet regularly with new and existing groups. Whilst we use public transport where possible, we still use cars when required.
We are currently putting in plans to neutralise our carbon emissions from mileage through an offset scheme that will result in dozens of families in the communities we work with in Ghana being given energy-saving Gyapa stoves. These require less energy than standard stoves to cook food. This means fewer trees are needed to provide the required amount of firewood (50-60% less, in fact) and a family’s food bill for cooking is simultaneously reduced too.
In 2020, we aim to offset 50% of all carbon generated from our volunteers’ flights, through eco-friendly initiatives, such as Gyapa stoves, in the communities we work in.
In 2021, we aim to offset 100% of all carbon generated from our volunteers’ flights.
We will provide progress on this through our end-of-year report.
If you want to beat us to it and offset your own flight, you can do so here: