Make a difference now, for their future.
Our approach to sustainability is underpinned by an ongoing commitment to protect the planet and its people. As a provider of study abroad experiences, we fully endorse responsible tourism and ensure our programmes raise awareness of global citizenship and sustainability strategies. We believe that making a difference now can safeguard the health of our planet for future generations.
There are many definitions, but we believe these examples are pretty comprehensive:
Sustainability: ‘Being environmentally sustainable; (is) the degree to which a process or enterprise is able to be maintained or continued while avoiding the long-term depletion of natural resources.’ The Oxford English Dictionary.
Responsible Tourism: ‘Takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities’. World Tourism Organisation.
Our five-stage strategy addresses our responsibilities to the environment, the communities in which we work, our role as global citizens and educators, and our ongoing commitment to review and improve sustainability practices.
We are proud to be members of ITOA, Ireland’s longest-established inbound tour operators association. The ITOA’s mission is to promote responsible, sustainable tourism that fully considers current and future environmental, social and economic impacts while equally addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, and communities. In addition, ITOA is committed to providing support and training for members to implement positive change and monitor the results.
Irish Trees have awarded us Dunsany Rewilding Patronage due to our involvement with tree planting at Dunsany Nature Reserve and Castle in Ireland.
Ireland’s indigenous tree population has declined significantly in recent centuries. Only 10% of the country is covered in trees, well below the European average of 33%. The decline is detrimental as trees are vital in mitigating climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere.
Did you know that the CO2 output of one person flying from Los Angeles to Dublin generates approximately 1.3 tonnes of CO2 equivalent? That is equivalent to a hot air balloon of gas. We’re taking action by planting trees and this can significantly reduce CO2 in the atmosphere while promoting biodiversity. With an expected lifespan of 250 years, a single native Irish Oak tree can absorb up to 5 tonnes of CO2.
For every 10 students we serve, we will plant 2 trees. Our goal is plant 2 trees for every student in the next 2 years.
We share an ongoing commitment to plant native Irish trees to help mitigate the effects of climate change and offset our carbon emissions. If you would like more information about tree planting, please get in touch with https://irishtrees.ie/