In a 2019 report by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the International Transport Forum (ITG), transport-related emissions from tourism are predicted to account for 5.3% of all man-made CO2 emissions by the year 2030.
The Global Tree Restoration Potential Report published in July 2019 found that forest restoration is the best climate change solution available today and increasing the Earth’s forests by an area the size of the United States would cut atmospheric carbon dioxide by 25%.
In an effort to promote sustainable travel which will decrease traveller’s carbon footprint when travelling to Africa, Cape Town-based travel company, Jumbari Family Safaris has partnered with Greenpop.
“We have partnered with Greenpop in an effort to further our responsible travel offering and invite our clients to donate a tree or engage in a day of tree-planting during their stay in Southern Africa,” said Lisa Nel, General Manager of Product and Marketing at Jumbari Family Safaris.
She said for USD$8, Greenpop will plant a tree in one of their forest restoration projects in sub-Saharan Africa and “our clients will receive a personalised digital Tree Certificate as well as GPS coordinates of where their tree has been planted” notes Nel.
According to Greenpop, between the years 2000 and 2030, the urban population in Africa will more than double, with urban space increasing by more than 700%. As this happens, more and more ecosystems and the essential natural assets that they provide will come under threat.
“It is more important than ever to work together to protect these natural spaces – it is only by conserving and restoring these threatened ecosystems that we can ensure a sustainable future,” concluded Nel.