Responsible mission: As astronomy travellers, we share a deep-rooted interest in the wonders both on and off earth. Seeking out the clear night sky in some of the most remote parts of the world, we are acutely aware of our obligation to protect and maintain these pristine environments. We aim to tread lightly, whilst taking direct action to maintain and protect the places we visit, by contributing to local projects, working directly with local communities and engaging the help of all our customers to utilise tourism as an aid towards sustainable development.
On this trip: We travel in groups to minimise our impact on the environment. We choose to stay in local hotels with green accreditation, such as Green Globe in Australia, whenever possible and use local transport and direct flights, which are more fuel efficient. We always use local group leaders, who can give you a genuine insight into the local culture and way of life.
At the eclipse site, you will eat meals provided by the local village. Our aim is to involve the local community as much as possible in this spectacular event. At the Earth Sanctuary in Alice Springs and Kakadu, you will have the chance to learn about and connect with Indigenous aboriginal culture.
Responsible code: Being Responsible is at the heart of everything our company does. The local supplier for this trip will promote our responsible travel code throughout your adventure. You will also receive specific information on this tripís responsibility in your trip notes.
Helping to minimise negative impact: All of our customers are invited to offset their international flight emissions. Contributions go to the Blue Ventures Carbon Offset program, a non-profit organisation which provides solar stoves for subsistence communities in Madagascar and South Africa, benefiting the people and protecting the environment. We also contribute £2 per person towards offsetting of your in-country travel. We fully offset all emissions from our staff travel and run an energy efficient office.
Giving something back: We have a foundation that collects the funds that you donate to us to support our projects. All our customers are invited to make a £1 per person contribution to the foundation at the time of booking. We will match every contribution that you make with our own £1. You as a customer choose where these funds are used from a shortlist of nominated projects Ė so it really is YOUR foundation.
Partnerships: As a company we support The Travel Foundation, a UK charity that has been established to promote responsible travel practises throughout the whole of the travel industry. We also work with a number of charity partners who work in the destinations that we visit; including Friends of Conservation and Born Free Foundation. We partner with many small grassroots projects throughout the destinations that we visit - they all share our responsible vision.
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