Australian tour operator joins global Tourism Declares community

In 2017 Echidna Walkabout published our Position Statement on climate titled “Act Now : Stop Climate Change”. Our headline graphic was this frightening chart:

Climate Change

Courtesy: US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

Now, on the eve of one of recent history’s most important climate gatherings,  COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference (Glasgow – November), we have consolidated our position by joining hundreds of other concerned members of the travel industry in a global community, Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency.

Echidna Walkabout commits to the following five actions:

1. Develop a ‘Climate Emergency Plan’ within the next 12 months, which sets out our intentions to reduce carbon emissions over the next decade (much of this work we’ve already achieved)

2. Share an initial public declaration of our ‘Climate Emergency Plan’, and update on progress each year (this blog post is our official Declaration)

3. Accept current IPCC advice stating the need to cut global carbon emissions to 55% below 2017 levels by 2030 in order to keep the planet within 1.5 degrees of warming. We’ll ensure our ‘Climate Emergency Plan’ represents actions designed to achieve this as a minimum, through delivering transparent, measurable and increasing reductions in the total carbon emissions per customer arising from our operations and the travel services sold by us.

4. Encourage our suppliers, partners and aligned government agencies to make the same declaration; sharing best practice amongst peers; and actively participate in the Tourism Declares community.

5. Advocate for change. We recognise the need for system change across the industry to accelerate a just transition towards carbon-free tourism.

What we’ve done already
Echidna Walkabout to sign the Glasgow Declaration

21st September 2021 was a momentous day for climate action in tourism — the long awaited Glasgow Declaration was released.

Echidna Walkabout will join thousands of other travel organisations to sign this declaration which will then be presented to COP26 in November.

Read: “The Glasgow Declaration: a Commitment to a Decade of Tourism Climate Action”

It’s purpose is to influence travel organisation across the globe to commit to a 55% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 and to net zero emissions by 2050.

An alliance of highly credible mainstream bodies was instrumental in creating the Declaration including United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Read UNTWO media release.

We urge all Australian travel organisations to sign the Glasgow Declaration and will be actively promoting this action throughout the wider Australian travel and hospitality community.

Signatories are invited to join as launch partners from the beginning of October. You can express interest here at OnePlanetNetwork.

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