The travel industry has come a long way in terms of the impact on the environment. Every day, more and more hotels, airlines, and cruise ships commit to going green and changing how they run their respective businesses. One of the latest companies to join the effort is Lindblad Expeditions. In a very aggressive move, the company committed to becoming 100% carbon-neutral by the end of this year.
Lindblad Expeditions has a fleet of 13 vessels and each is used to take guests and folks associated with National Geographic to different locations around the world. They’re committing to offsetting emissions on more than just their ships, too. They also announced that they’ll be doing everything they can to eliminate emissions from their ground-based operations. From employee travel to running their offices in Seattle in New York City, Lindblad Expeditions will be minimizing its carbon footprint.
Lindblad Expeditions will be working with an organization called South Pole. South Pole specializes in working with companies to reduce their carbon footprints. Currently, South Pole has projects in India, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Peru, and Mexico. The projects range from solar and wind power generation to reforestation efforts.
Several smaller companies that are associated with Lindblad have either committed to or are already making serious efforts to be carbon-free as well. For example, Natural Habitat Adventures provides excursions on land, and they’ve been carbon neutral for more than 10 years now. The company recently announced that this year they’ll be working to offset the effects of the flights their customers take to and from the starting points for their land adventures.
Lindblad and its subsidiaries certainly aren’t the only travel companies going green. Intrepid Travel has been carbon neutral for almost 10 years now. The company has invested in reforestation projects in Borneo and Malawi, and wind projects in India. This year, Intrepid announced that it’s making efforts to help marine environments around Tasmania. The company hopes to regenerate kelp forests that have suffered from climate change.
The efforts being made by these travel companies are just another example of the changing mindset of responsible businesses.