John Paul Lopez Taberdo runs a business in Geelong, Victoria, where he helps Australians make sustainable and ethical choices for their local and overseas travels. So far he has created holiday plans and bookings for over 800 Australians.
He has lived, worked and travelled in 32 countries, but right now, he has settled in a tiny house in the outskirts of Geelong, from where he covers most of his transport needs on his bicycle.
As not only the new year but a new decade approaches, we visit him in his home to learn about why he has chosen to live and work in this way, and why in Geelong – and how he sees the future we are stearing towards.
→ John Paul Lopez Taberdo’s blog – 7 November 2019:
How can travel be sustainable?
After the interview with John Paul we play excerpts of these youtube-videos:
Ecosystem Restoration Camps are an inspiring project or movement that is doing the work that needs to be done.
→ Find out more about Ecosystem Regeneration Camps on www.ecosystemrestorationcamps.org
→ Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/1206960359323785
→ Lessons of the Loess Plateau in China: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QUSIJ80n50
Travel: Plane versus train
B the Change: ‘Our travel can be less climate intensive’
The following is an excerpt from B Lab’s newsletter B the Change Weekly on 13 December 2019:
“To minimize our travel footprint, B Corps stand ready as tour planners and guides, offering journeys so we can explore our planet while also protecting its future.”
“B Corps offer programming, facilities and sustainable practices so you can make memories and help build a better world at the same time. The travel industry B Corps highlighted in this article on B the Change stand ready to help you visit your dream destination while doing business with companies that match your values and allow you to vote every day as you escape the everyday.”
Minding, and offsetting, the environmental costs of travel
Who should be responsible for purchasing carbon offsets for flights? Who benefits economically from the travel? B Corp Bodhi Surf + Yoga, which operates a surf and yoga camp in Costa Rica, believes that all tourism companies should consider these questions and take at least partial responsibility for the carbon output from flights required to bring guests to exotic destinations.
→ Bodhi Surf + Yoga explains on B the Change why and how it made the move to offset the carbon impact of guests’ flights—and why it hopes other tourism businesses follow suit.
Better Places shapes a better way to travel
Four years ago, Dutch tour operator Better Places took the first step to minimize its environmental effects by reporting and compensating for all travel made by its travelers and staff. But that was just the start of the B Corp’s transformative work toward a more sustainable travel industry.
→ On B the Change, learn how Better Places has inspired other travel businesses to follow its lead and how it has expanded its environment-minded changes by suggesting longer but less frequent trips, encouraging train travel, and adopting a voluntary flight/carbon tax.
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