Our commitment to protecting our planet

What is climate change?

Climate change is the variation in average weather conditions and is caused by several factors, including human-driven activity, which has been spiralling out of control for decades.

Whilst there are many gases that contribute, the largest increase is in CO² levels, primarily caused by the burning of fossil fuels and clearing of land. This process heats the atmosphere that helps to regulate the Earth’s temperature. The major contributing industries are agriculture, transportation, electricity, and commercial. Transportation contributes 21% of all global carbon emissions and is the second largest source of anthropogenic carbon.  Air travel contributes 2.5% of all global emissions.

This causes an increase in extreme weather patterns and an overall warming of the average global temperature which, unless serious action is taken, is likely to permanently compromise both the way we live and the natural habitat around us.

At African Adventures, we recognise the responsibility we have in protecting the environment. Our staff have a great interest and passion in taking steps to offset the inevitable negative impacts that go hand in hand with running a business like ours. We are so committed to creating change that we have written our environmental policy into our three-year business development plan; this makes us accountable and guides our decision-making on a day-to-day basis.

Carbon Offsetting

An average return flight from the UK to Kenya releases around 1.8 tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere. There are lots of useful ways that this carbon can be offset to help neutralise the environmental impact of the flight.

Carbon offsetting initiatives typically fund projects that reduce or remove carbon emitted from another source to neutralise the overall impact.

An over-simplistic comparison to carbon offsetting would be eating a bar of chocolate and then running off the calories caused by its consumption. It would be false to contest that it would be better if you didn’t eat the chocolate bar in the first place but doing something about the impact is far better than doing nothing – especially if the offset initiative is credible.

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: