Some of the organizations we care for
We travel for this: to settle into our body and connect with our heart; to savor diversity; to be surprised; to remain flexible. We travel to remind ourselves that compassion must overwhelm narrow-mindedness and fear and that we are a part of the human community.
Travel provides a window on to this earth of ours, showing us its beauty and its pain. At LLTD we have taken our own small steps to share this beauty and magic with you while also trying to ameliorate distress and destruction. We are committed to being a sustainably managed company and to designing purposeful, conscious travel. This commitment is expressed in our participation in a community of global travel companies with whom we have joined in declaring a climate emergency.
Lisa Lindblad Travel Design is joining other global travel companies, organizations and individuals to declare a climate emergency and signed up to Tourism Declares.
1. With a collective aim to take purposeful and concrete action to reduce the carbon emissions as per the advice of The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to cut global carbon emissions to 55% below 2017 levels by 2030.
2. We will develop a ‘Climate Emergency Plan’ within the next 12 months, which sets out our intentions to reduce carbon emission over the next decade.
3. It will set out our actions, measure and reduce our carbon emissions per travelers arising from our operations and the travel services sold by us.
4. We already do and will continue to work with suppliers and partners to help others make the same declaration, sharing best practice amongst peers and actively participate in the Tourism Declares community.
5. We will continue to advocate for positive change across the industry and continue to raise awareness and educate travel advisors and travelers on how to accelerate the transition towards zero carbon air travel and tourism.
Lisa Lindblad, Founder of Lisa Lindblad Travel Design, Inc. Please consider also declaring at www.tourismdeclares.com, and follow on @tourismdeclares on Twitter, Facebook or Linkedin.
We also wish to support organizations, large and small, that mean a lot to us. As an africanist, an anthropologist and an animal lover, I have focused my company’s resources on people and organizations that I care deeply about.
The conservation group, Africa Parks (AP), has a new approach to rescuing Africa’s wild spaces as armed conflict, poaching, and other threats encroach. It has developed the most comprehensive and ambitious conservation mission, drawing up agreements with countries to provide all the resources to rehabilitate a park, restore its wildlife, and support surrounding communities. While the government, remains the owner of the park, it must give the group complete control over park management.
WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. WCS's goal is to conserve the world's largest wild places in 14 priority regions, home to more than 50% of the world's biodiversity. WCS envisions a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas, valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on earth. WCS has field conservation operations in 60 nations around the globe, works in all the world's oceans, and inspires and educates 4 million people each year via its Zoos and Aquarium in New York City.
From large scale conservation to the specific, Big Life Foundation, founded by photographer Nick Brandt, Richard Bonham and Tom Hill, was the first organization in East Africa to establish a coordinated cross-border anti-poaching operation. Protecting 1.6 million acres of the Amboseli-Tsavo-Kilimanjaro ecosystem, Big Life partners with local communities to protect nature for the benefit of all. It employs hundreds of local Maasai rangers, has built scores of outposts, trained tracker dogs and purchased planes and vehicles for surveillance.
LLTD works with a friend and valued Nepalese colleague, Ang Tshering Lama. Located in the mountainous community of Phaplu in northeastern Nepal, Ang opens his historically evocative home, the Happy House, to visitors who he then introduces to the mysteries and beauty of the region. We have sent guests to stay with Ang, but it was during the pandemic that we became involved in supporting the work that Ang is undertaking in his community. From providing health care and supporting cultural preservation, to creating activities and building vocational skills for the young of Phaplu, any support is put to valuable use.
Walk your journey. The rhythm of your footfall settles the mind and opens the heart. Time and space dissolve; a week and a stretch of road become one.