Intrepid Travel funds Seaweed Platform for the climate
Intrepid Travel’s not-for-profit arm, The Intrepid Foundation, has announced the funding of Australia’s first marine permaculture platform, using seaweed to draw down carbon from the atmosphere.
“This result is the second biggest in our fundraising history, which indicates just how passionate our travellers and the public are about positive solutions to climate change,” Intrepid Travel co-founder Darrell Wade said.
The campaign has exceeded two fundraising targets, raising more than $600,000 since April this year.
The ‘seaweed solution’ will see the trial of Australia’s first marine permaculture platform offshore in Tasmania’s Storm Bay. Seaweed grows incredibly fast and was touted as a solution to the climate crisis in Damon Gameau’s film 2040.
“The remarkable thing about the campaign has been the sheer volume of donors. Thousands have opted to vote with their wallet, even if only with a dollar, and invest in climate action at a time when politicians have failed to,” Wade said.
In a climate action good news story, the first target of $350,000 was exceeded in four months, while the second-round target of $250,000 was raised in just over two months.
The Intrepid Foundation partnered with The Climate Foundation to fund the research through the University of Tasmania. They are currently exploring new projects to fundraise for further climate change solutions.
“One thing is clear: people are not done giving their support for climate action. And neither are we,” Wade said.
Independently owned by the founders of Intrepid Travel, Intrepid Group is a collection of four tour operator brands and 24 destination management companies united by the vision of Changing the Way People See the World. For 30 years, Intrepid has been taking small groups to travel the local way, on real life experiences that give back to the places and people we visit. As this style of travel has caught on, Intrepid has grown to now offer more than 2,700 trips to more than 120 countries and on all seven continents. We cater for all ages, budgets, and appetites for adventure through Intrepid Travel, Peregrine Adventures, Urban Adventures and Adventure Tours Australia. Globally renowned as a leader in responsible travel, in 2018 Intrepid become the world’s largest travel business to be certified B-Corp, joining a growing community of businesses looking beyond the bottom line. Our not-for-profit, The Intrepid Foundation has raised over AUD $7.5 million for more than 125 charities around the world by matching traveller donations dollar-for-dollar. For further information on Intrepid or to download the company’s 2018 Integrated Annual Report, visit www.intrepidgroup.travel
About the Climate Foundation
The Climate Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 based in the U.S. and working across Asia and Australia on marine permaculture technologies to ensure regional food security, ecosystem regeneration and carbon balance in marine ecosystems. The research being done now can help to regenerate life in the ocean and ensure climate resilience from marine heat waves to come.