Walk4Africa has signed up to Tourism Declares, an initiative that supports tourism businesses, organisations and individuals in declaring a climate emergency and taking purposeful action to reduce their carbon emissions as per the advice from The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to cut global carbon emissions to 55% below 2017 levels by 2030.
Like all signatories, we have committed to the following five actions:
- Our Climate Emergency Plan: Our Climate Emergency Plan details our intention to encourage the 40 walkathon host countries to reduce their carbon emissions over the next decade.
We will do this by:
Observing the climate impact of our walkathon events by implementing measures to reduce our suppliers, partners, and participants’ carbon footprints, specifically in terms of transportation to and from the events.
- Share our commitment and progress publicly: Share our initial public declaration, our ‘Climate Emergency Plan’, and update on progress against our targets each year.
- Cut carbon emissions: Accept current IPCC advice stating the need to cut global carbon emissions to 55% below 2017 levels by 2030 in order to keep the planet within 1.5 degrees of warming. We’ll ensure our ‘Climate Emergency Plan’ represents actions designed to achieve this as a minimum, through delivering transparent, measurable and increasing reductions in total carbon emissions.
- Work together: Encourage members, suppliers and partners to make the same declaration; share best practice amongst peers; and actively participate in the Tourism Declares community.
- Advocate for change: Recognise the need for system change across the industry and call for urgent regulatory action to accelerate the transition towards zero-carbon air travel.
Please consider also declaring at www.tourismdeclares.com, and follow on @tourismdeclares on Twitter, Facebook, or Linkedin