The thing we need to change is how we travel. Our approach to adventure. Fewer, longer trips are better than shorter and more frequent ones. Ferries and trains are better than flights. Slow, immersive travel is better than fast-paced country hopping. Public transport is better than private. Eating local food is better (and generally more delicious) than eating imported.
You have to remember: While travel comes with significant costs, there are plenty of benefits to people getting out and experiencing other cultures, experimenting and exploring different corners of the world. Seeing how other people live, how they work, how they’re dealing with climate change, gender equity, diversity, poverty. Seeing these things in person gets you thinking about your place in the world, and your own contribution. And while increasing access to travel is something Intrepid is very passionate about, we need to do it in a way that preserves not the actual Earth—after all, nature will win in the end—but humanity’s place on it.
So yes, Intrepid is part of the problem—but we’re also doing our best to be part of the solution. If there’s one call to action for this decade, let it be accountability and personal action, whether you’re an individual, a company or a society. Sustainability is everyone’s obligation, and it starts with choice. Let’s not play the blame game: We’ve played that for far too long, and we know how it ends. Look at your own lifestyle, look at your household, your work, your extended family, your community. Look at how you travel, and who you travel with.
The world doesn’t need talk, it needs action. And action starts with us.
The theme for Earth Day 2023 is ‘Invest in Our planet’. Find out more about how you can take action for Earth on the official Earth Day website.