To mark Earth Day (April 22), Intrepid Travel has revealed it aims to be first travel company to become climate positive.
Intrepid has been a carbon-neutral company since 2010, buying carbon credits associated with renewable energy projects – such as a wind power scheme in India and a rainforest restoration initiative in Borneo.
Its non-for-profit arm, the Intrepid Foundation, aims to raise AUD350,000 (almost £200,000) to fund a seaweed project that will tackle climate change.
Along with the Climate Foundation and the University of Tasmania, the Intrepid Foundation is crowdfunding for a new marine permaculture initiative that will regenerate marine ecosystems in Tasmania and draw down carbon from the atmosphere.
All donations made to the project through the Intrepid Foundation will be matched dollar for dollar.
Darrell Wade, co-founder of Intrepid Travel, said: “Climate action has to be a priority for anyone who loves travel. We believe that we have a responsibility to make a positive difference and help to preserve the planet for the next generation of travellers.”
Intrepid Travel will also donate to the project 40% of all profits from family holidays booked between Earth Day and the end of June 2019.