I’m often asked why I work in Polar travel. Why would I send people to the ends of the earth knowing that their trip would, in fact, contribute to climate change? My answer is this.
All travel will impact the environment, whether you jump on a plane to India to watch tigers, pile your tent into your car for a weekend on the coast, or venture onto a ship headed for the poles. These days it’s hard to go a day without having some impact on the world we live in... But what if your next trip moved you to the point where you woke up every day determined to make a change? What if I could show you things that would move you to tears, render you speechless, and have you racing home to tell everyone you knew about what you experienced? Well that’s Svalbard. We hear this every year. These trips are life-changing (yes, I'm biased, but you can see what our clients say on our main Svalbard page and in blogs like Tony’s), and people rarely come home from the Arctic the same as they arrived. Suddenly these people are recycling with renewed enthusiasm, switching to green energy providers, fighting the corporations who want to drill in the Arctic, and petitioning governments to make real and lasting changes to protect the world of the bears. I have long since believed that when people fall in love with a place, they will strive to protect it. That’s what the bears need now more than ever before.