Climate action is a collective commitment to the sustainability of our industry

Article by One Planet Network

Image by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash

This World Environment Day, Intrepid Travel is delighted to stand alongside the One Planet Vision for a Responsible Recovery of the Tourism Sector. The vision provides recommendations for recovery plans that balance the needs of people, planet and prosperity through six lines of action: public health, social inclusion, biodiversity conservation, climate action, circular economy and governance and partnerships.

Here, James Thornton, Intrepid Travel’s CEO, reflects on working towards responsible recovery.

As travelers around the world anxiously await their first trip following months of isolation, hospitality and tourism organizations will be met with an important choice. We can either precariously enter the recovery clinging to the past, or responsibly lead the rebound acting for the future.

The year 2020 has been the most challenging year to date for the majority of our industry, with COVID-19 bringing the global economy to a crippling halt – not to mention issues of racial injustice coming to a head, catastrophic bush fires creating long-term damage to land and ecosystems, and international tensions escalating beyond measure.