We are indeed happy about the fact that you have this concern, as it proves your awareness about the issue of climate change.
As a starting point of the consideration whether it's not better after all to stay at home for reasons of sustainability, we would however please use the chance at this point, to mention once more the overall goal of your trip.
Travelling against ignorance and prejudice
The philosopher Hegel realized that the true tragedies of the world are not conflicts between right and wrong, but between two "right" positions. The representatives of two opposing points of view, each of which might be totally comprehensible on its own, insist on being right and do not come to a peaceful solution, since they can not understand the other's way of thinking.
It is difficult to overcome this limited view of the world in another way than by travelling and by deeply immersing into the society of your host country. These are exactly the type of trips we at World Unite! arrange for our participants.
World Unite! helps you to maximise the learning effect of your time abroad: Intercultural training and the overcoming of patterns of post-colonial thinking are part of the preparation of every stay with World Unite!.
That sounds great, but what about my carbon footprint?
- Frankfurt to Tangier (Morocco) and back: 0.8 t
- Madrid to Kilimanjaro and back: 2.4 t
- Melbourne to Mumbai and back: 3.5 t
- Oslo to Myanmar and back: 3.1 t
- London to Nicaragua and back: 3.3 t
- Paris to Cape Town and back: 3.6 t
- Copenhagen to Tokyo and back: 3.3 t
- Seattle to Tokyo and back: 2.9 t
- Calgary to La Paz and back: 3.3 t
These 10 trees absorb about 30 tonnes of CO2 during their life expectancy of around 150 years, convert it into oxygen. Trees are most productive between their 10th and 40th year.
You will generate 0.8 to 3.6 tonnes of CO2 through your journey, but your trees will absorb 30 tonnes of CO2!
The 30 t are a rather conservative estimate. Due to the size of the indigenous trees, the rapid growth in the tropical climate, the high humidity on the Kilimanjaro area and other factors, the total amount of CO2 absorbed is likely to be higher.
Tree planting in May 2019 in Mweka/Kilimanjaro
What else do we do for the climate?
- We run some programs and cooperate with several partners about the active protection of existing forests. You can also volunteer or do an internships with these programs. An overview of the projects can be found under "Internships & Volunteering"> "Ecology, Environmental Conservation, Animals".
- We try to save energy and to reduce/avoid fossil fuels, for example by using solar energy, energy efficient lighting (LEDs), energy efficient cooking facilities and energy efficient heating/cooling facilities in the accommodations of our participants. Our Mother Nature Forest Camps in Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro are maximally optimized and up-to-date in terms of environmental technology.
- We try to reduce the number of flights and other trips of our own team members to an absolutely necessary minimum. Of course, we always fly in economy class. We also plant 10 trees for each flight of our team members.
- We try to purchase or make supplies locally, which are needed to carry out our programs as much as possible, rather than having them transported over long distances.
- When we provide food, it uses almost entirely locally produced ingredients. Due to the expectations of our participants, we do not completely abstain from meat, but we reduce the amount of meat. Vegetarian food is always available.