What Is Carbon-Free Cruising?
The nature of modern travel inherently emits harmful carbon emissions through the burning of fossil fuels. Planes, ships, cars and lodges are all sources of additional carbon in our atmosphere and contribute to global warming. AdventureSmith Explorations has calculated the amount of carbon emitted by our small ship cruise passengers each year. Through our Carbon-Free Cruising campaign we have completely neutralized those emissions and hope to educate our travelers about how to fight global warming by reducing their own carbon footprint.
When you purchase a cruise with AdventureSmith Explorations we have paid to neutralize the impact of harmful greenhouse gasses that were emitted as a result of your cruise.
Does It Cost Anything?
No. Our Carbon-Free Cruising program will not increase the price of your cruise in any way. However, after learning more about carbon emissions and the travel industry most travelers make an additional contribution to offset the emissions resulting from their airline flights.
Tell Me More
Most people are astonished to learn that over 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide are related to travel. As a longtime naturalist and guide, especially in Alaska, AdventureSmith owner Todd Smith has witnessed firsthand the effects that global warming and climate change are having on our planet. Glaciers are retreating, permafrost is melting, forests fires are more intense and entire ecosystems are affected. Regions such as Alaska, Antarctica and the Amazon Rainforest are the first to feel the ecological implications of global climate change, though it affects us all.
Increasingly travelers are seeking to reduce the impact of their own travel footprint. To this end, we are working in conjunction Sustainable Travel International and MyClimate™ to neutralize cruise related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that contribute to global warming. MyClimate™ is dedicated to fighting global warming through the support of alternative energy projects around the world. The benefits of this new partnership are simple.
When you purchase a cruise with AdventureSmith Explorations we have paid to neutralize the impact of harmful greenhouse gasses that were emitted as a result of your cruise. AdventureSmith Explorations has calculated and offset the emissions resulting from your cruise. Calculations are based on the number of travelers we had on each cruise last year, along with projection for future growth.
What Else Can I Do?
Travelers appreciate the added benefit of Carbon-Free Cruising when booking with AdventureSmith Explorations; however air travel is still a significant contributor. Every passenger's portion of an international flight emits nearly a ton, on average, of greenhouse gasses. This means that a round-trip flight can emit more carbon than your automobile does in a year!
We invite you to make your entire journey "carbon free" with the purchase of an additional offset ticket (typically only $10-$50).
How Are Emissions Offset?
Both the contribution from AdventureSmith Explorations and your MyClimate™ Ticket are invested in climate-friendly projects around the world. The money goes to a local community or businesses in a developing country to help fund more environmentally friendly development options. Projects include methane collection and electricity generation in South Africa, solar collectors instead of diesel boilers in Costa Rica and weatherizing low income housing in the United States. To learn more about specific MyClimate™ projects please visit www.my-climate.com and click on "offset projects."
Even though sustainable development options are better for everyone in the long term, there is simply not enough money or an incentive to change in the short term. You can use less energy, travel less or use public transport, but some emissions are unavoidable. MyClimate™ is about empowering communities through commerce and tackling climate change at the same time. Through MyClimate™, you can now offset the environmental impact of your emissions by investing in climate-friendly projects that reduce emissions elsewhere. MyClimate™ is about empowering communities through commerce and tackling climate change at the same time. Offsets are Kyoto Protocol-compliant projects and projects certified by The Gold Standard.
We are proud to be reducing greenhouse gasses through our Carbon-Free Cruising campaign and hope to influence the entire cruising industry. I hope that you will work with us to help fight global warming. Let your travel make a difference.
Founder and President
To learn more about AdventureSmith Explorations partners in conservation, please view our conservation page.