Better Places supports the Global Climate Strike
On 20 September 2019, the latest Climate Action Week kicked off with protests around the globe. From Berlin to Brussels to Melbourne, millions of citizens took to the streets to call on action against climate change. On September 27, it’s our turn.
Here in the Netherlands, thousands of children, parents and grandparents, pupils, students and workers, are expected to gather in The Hague to strike for climate action. This mass demonstration is a powerful tool to ask the governments, corporations, and ourselves, what more we can do to fight against this climate emergency. We are joining millions of activists around the world in our support for the Global Climate Strike.
What we’re doing already – and why it isn’t enough
At Better Places, our mission has always been “better places to live in, better places to visit: and in that order.” We believe that travel can make the world a better place; when done in the right way.
For this reason, since the start of 2017 we have offset the CO2 emissions of all our trips at our own cost, including the flight that is needed to reach the destination.
But offsetting isn’t enough.
In 2018, we started imposed a voluntary carbon tax on ourselves and have invested fund this into sustainable energy projects.
But higher taxation isn’t enough.
At the start of 2019, we launched a #positiveimpacttravel campaign, asking our customers to fly less frequently and more slowly, and to choose for a direct flight whenever possible. We provide alternatives to domestic flights and inform clients about options for eating vegetarian on destination.
But reducing our emissions isn’t enough.
Just last April, Better Places started offering adventure travel to European destinations, which can also be reached by train from mainland Europe.
But changing the way we travel isn’t enough.
We need everyone!
And while every little helps, it wasn’t and isn’t enough. We need to radically change not only the way we travel, but the way we eat and live our lives. We can’t do it alone. It is time for western European and international politicians to come forward with honest and ambitious measures to stop further climate change. The message is clear: to change everything, we need everyone! And that is why we are joining the Global Climate Strike on September 27 in The Hague.