Intrepid declares climate emergency

Intrepid, a carbon-neutral adventure company, calls for more travel and tourism businesses to commit to climate action. 

The world’s largest adventure travel company, Intrepid, is declaring a climate emergency. By doing so, the company, which offers 2,700 trips to more than 120 countries, acknowledges the science stating we have one decade to address the climate crisis.

Intrepid is a founding member of Tourism Declares, an industry collective of travel businesses who are committed to take action on climate change by rethinking their businesses including carbon neutrality. Intrepid has been carbon neutral since 2010.

“A healthy planet means a healthy industry,” says James Thornton, Intrepid Group CEO. “The devastating bushfires in Australia and other climate related events around the globe are a stark reminder of the climate emergency.”

“We truly believe travel is a force for good – we hope that by us declaring a climate emergency many more travel and tourism businesses will rally to the cause. We don’t have all the answers but it is the moment for us to accelerate our action on climate change.”

Intrepid wants to become climate positive in 2020 by offsetting more carbon than it emits – even double offsetting for polar expeditions – and by reducing emissions across its itineraries; it also sets a goal for 100% renewable energy until 2030. 

Photo: James Thornton, CEO, Intrepid Group