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About our historical carbon neutrality commitment. To the communities of the territories where we are located, partners, and travelers.
Climate change is one of the most crucial challenges we face globally, regardless of our creeds or locations. All of us can easily feel and see its impacts: Higher average temperatures that result in increased fires and the melting of ice and glaciers, with ensuing changes in mean ocean levels; considerable variations in rainfall patterns; and extreme weather events, among others. More than 97% of the global scientific consensus*, these impacts are bringing the planet “hazardously closer” to abrupt and irreversible changes, also known as a “tipping point”, to vegetable, animal, and human life as we know it.
We, the explora team –gathered around the goal of protecting the remote territories visited by our travelers– both feel the pressure and dramatically witness these impacts on local ecosystems. For example, the vulnerability of high Andean wetlands in the Atacama puna due to higher temperatures, and reduced rainfall and productive activities that threaten both fauna and vegetal diversity and the livelihoods and sociocultural activities of local Atacameño communities. In the Bolivian high Andes plains (or altiplano), quinoa farming –a key staple for Quechua community subsistence– has been strongly impacted. In the Sacred Valley of the Incas, dwindling rain seasons have threatened corn crops. The Vulcanota-Urubamba watershed in the Cusco region, fed by the Salkantay Mount, is also at risk by the fast-paced retreat of glaciers in the Tropical Andes. In the continent’s southernmost area, the retreat of glaciers in the Patagonia and the collapse of increasingly larger portions of the Antarctica ice sheet pose a serious threat to this fragile balance. If climate change is further exacerbated, large portions of Rapa Nui –particularly the south coastline where most of the megalithic structures called Ahu and its Moai are located– could end up underwater. Reduced rainfall compromises fresh water supplies on the world’s most remote island, as was verified by the water level within the Rano Raraku Volcano. In sum, the signs are clear in all the territories we inherited and love.
As our company’s by-laws require a triple positive impact –economic, social, and environmental– we aim at raising awareness about such harmful impacts, particularly engaging decision-makers, communities, partners, and travelers. The carbon footprint is the most critical indicator to cease or revert climate change. Therefore, in addition to already being carbon neutral in all our operations, we have decided to establish the historical carbon neutrality goal for 2030. This means measuring, auditing, and offsetting our carbon footprint since the beginning of our operations in 1993, and reducing our future emissions by about 50% of our current operations through decarbonizing our energy mix and energy-efficiency. If fact, new solar plants are being considered, particularly the first one ever on the remote Easter Island, with efficient and clean designs for the new operations. This will be complemented by CO2 capture plans in own projects within the tens of thousands of hectares we protect in private reserves both in Chile and Argentina, as well as through third-party certified projects.
We believe this is mandatory to protect our planet; now and without further delay in spite of the crisis we are living due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This, however, will clearly be insufficient to deter or revert this decay if you fail to join this crusade by means of small actions at home or collaborating or supporting initiatives that point in the same direction.
Source: Nasa Global Climate Change*