Environmental policy:

In the air

Ever conscious of the environment we live and work in, Across the Divide have teamed up with Climate Care to help you help the climate.

Across the Divide regard travel, overall, as a global benefit, but we all have a responsibility to limit our personal impact on global warming, so here’s your chance to make your challenge a more ethical one.

First, enter your flight details into our carbon calculator (right), and hit the green button. Climate Care will work out how much money you need to contribute to offset the damage caused by the flight. If you like, you can offset other sources of greenhouse gas while you're there. When you buy a carbon offset, your money is used to fund projects that reduce emissions on your behalf

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  • Renewable energy - replacing non-renewable fuel such as fossil fuels
  • Energy efficiency - reducing the amount of fuel needed
  • Forest restoration - absorbing carbon as the trees grow

On the ground

Many travel companies consider the areas in which they run tours as resources to be exploited. We consider that we are merely borrowing the area from the local people and that they too should be involved in the projects that we run. By doing so we encourage greater ownership by local communities of our challenges and encourage people to practice their own conservation policies in order to protect the resource that we came to visit in the first place.

In the planning stages of establishing a new challenge we take into consideration environmental, cultural, economic and political issues before committing ourselves to operating in an area. We aim to work with locally based travel partners to provide our challenges and only use locally owned accommodation and campsites.

We have a comprehensive Porter Protection Policy.

We aim to;

  • Achieve zero litter targets.
  • Minimise deforestation by not using wood for cooking in areas where wood is scarce.
  • Educate and inform challenge participants about environmental and social pressures in the areas they are travelling to.
  • Provide opportunities for discussion.
  • Provide financial and logistical support for local environmental initiatives.
  • Integrate environmental considerations into a challenge selection criteria.

At Across the Divide, we are committed to contributing to conservation in the areas in which we operate. We have established a long-term support network for various wildlife organisations around the world.

We believe that short-term cash gifts do little in helping the long-term aims of any organisation. We therefore provide support for a minimum of five years at a time, consisting not only of financial support, but also specialist help, and advice.

In Patagonia for example, we support the work of Gladys and Oscar Oguineo - naturalists working to study and preserve the very rare Humules Deer, which is endemic to the southern part of South America.

In Sub Antarctic regions Across the Divide supports the work of Dr Peter Cary, the director of SAFER, the SubAntarctic Foundation for Ecosystems Research.

In South Africa we work with the Leopard Conservation Trust; Save the Rhino (Namibia), the Elephant Human Relationship Association, plus ‘the Vulture Study Group’. This is an almost unique network of naturalists and park wardens who monitor and plot the fortunes of the Lappet-Faced Vulture.

Often in the world of conservation it is the large attractive mammals that benefit from support, whilst the less attractive suffer. We have set out to redress this imbalance with long-term financial support.

During our charity treks we invite speakers from supported organisations to join us to speak about their work and the animals they care for.

In the Office & UK Operations

Our office and UK challenges operate within the same very high standards that are applied to our overseas challenges.

Our office energy consumption is monitored closely and we proactively seek to reduce our energy consumption by the use of low energy equipment and by improving management systems.

All office stationery is printed on recycled paper and all waste paper is recycled, used for horse bedding then composted and returned to the soil.

 


Taj Mahal Marathon
20th – 25th September 2007

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