Different organizations around the world have had different reactions to the recent decision on the part of the U.S. government to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.
For Intrepid Travel, an adventure travel company based in Petaluma, California, the response was stiff: The company announced last week it will double carbon offset contributions on all tours running in the United States.
According to a release, doubling the commitment means Intrepid will offset roughly 3,000 tons of CO2 emissions in 2017. The document quotes Leigh Barnes, director of Intrepid Travel North America, as saying the investments will go toward global energy projects such as the Dempsey Ridge Wind Project in Oklahoma and the Capricorn Ridge Wind Farm in Texas—both of which create renewable energy.
“The responsibility for climate change has been handed over to public and private leaders to take action,” Barnes says. “Offsetting does not grant us a license to create carbon, but allows us to make a positive contribution to the planet while we continue to work toward meaningful emission reduction.”
Environmental stewardship is nothing new for Intrepid; through a partnership with the Carbon Trade Exchange, the company offset more than 42,000 tons of carbon globally last year alone.
Overall, the company has been carbon neutral since 2010, has invested $1.1 million into renewable energy projects since 2010, and has planted more than 50,000 trees in Australia, Kenya, and Thailand. Intrepid trips also incorporate public transportation whenever possible.
Intrepid offers a total of 68 tours in the United States. Some of these excursions include an 11-day guided journey from Los Angeles to Death Valley and Yosemite, a 14-day Alaska adventure, and a 13-day road trip from Chicago to New Orleans that includes stops along the way in New York City, Nashville, and Memphis.