Migration, Serengeti, Tanzania

Our Climate Change Goals

We have chosen to align our vision of Positive Impact Travel with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with our efforts focussed on the goals most closely linked to community, conservation and carbon reduction.

“Climate change is a primary driver of biodiversity loss. And climate change depends on biodiversity as part of the solution. So clearly the two are linked and cannot be separated.”

Elizabeth Mrema, Exec. Secretary, UN Convention on Biological Diversity

Cloud Forest, Ecuador
Cloud Forest, Ecuador

Nature based solutions to climate change - Brigg project

According to UNEP research, half of the greenhouse gases produced by humankind are absorbed by the land and ocean. Protecting these habitats and the biodiversity they contain is critical to combatting the effects of climate change. If we don’t, these natural carbon sinks will become carbon sources. UNEP advise that two-thirds of nature-based carbon mitigation solutions are safeguarded by the protection and restoration of forests. While we acknowledge that our afforestation project in Brigg, covering between 35-40 acres, will have the tiniest of impacts on what is a global issue, we hope it may inspire other companies to do something similar. Collectively, our positive impact can grow exponentially.

North coast of Scotland in the summer, Scotland, UK
Scotland

Marine Habitat Restoration - Seawilding

Ocean habitats, such as seagrasses, are capable of sequestering carbon at rates of up to four times more than terrestrial forests. No wonder UNEP refer to the ocean as ‘the world’s greatest ally against climate change’.

Seawilding restores seagrass beds and native oyster beds on Scotland’s spectacular Argyll coast, working towards the overarching goals of sequestering carbon, restoring lost biodiversity and creating green jobs. They are one-third of the way to achieving their target of restoring 1M native oysters, while the innovative methods used in their seagrass projects are being adopted by many other coastal communities. We are delighted to support a marine habitat restoration initiative that makes a positive difference to local environment and community, but also has a global impact through the sequestration of blue carbon.

Traditional Turkish celebration dinner

Food resilience – The Long Table

According to the UN World Food Program, one-third of all food grown and produced is never eaten, which, according to Our World in Data, generates 6% of human-generated, global greenhouse gas emissions. This was the spark that lit the fire for a community-based, social enterprise called The Long Table. Based in our own local community, just outside Stroud, the aim of The Long Table is to make locally sourced, wholesome food available to everyone, regardless of their social or financial background. Their founder, Tom Herbert says “We put food at the centre of the community. We want to make sure that everyone has access to great food and people to eat it with.” At a time of climate crisis and economic downturn, the goals of food resilience and creating a community that looks out for each other, have never been more vital. That is why we have chosen to support The Long Table.

Feeding baby elephant, Reteti Orphanage, Kenya
Matthews Range, Kenya

Steppes Fund For Female Guides

As a tour operator running holidays in some of the world’s more deprived regions, we strive to leave a positive social footprint in our host communities. Our aim is to provide women with access to training, equipping them with the knowledge and skills required to pursue a fulfilling and prosperous career as a guide.

We prioritise this, in the knowledge that economic growth and social development are more likely to flourish where women are empowered to fully participate in labour forces. When given the opportunity, women are effective agents of change in combatting the climate crisis. We are also mindful of what a difference a good guide can make to the enjoyment of your holiday. And we know that in countries where women are already fulfilling the role of guide, they are among some of our clients favourite travelling companions.

Thoughts. Opinions. Experiences

Ala Kul Trek, Arashan Gorge, Kyrgyzstan
Sustainability
A changing world requires changing behaviour
Jarrod Kyte
A year ago, in January 2023, the headline on the front cover of The Week was stark: ‘Crisis in the Alps.…
Feeding baby elephant, Reteti Orphanage, Kenya
Sustainability
The Steppes Travel Fund For Female Guides
Jarrod Kyte
Gender equality is a fundamental human right and as articulated by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, ‘a necessary foundation for a…
Keel-Billed Toucan, Costa Rica
Stories
Costa Rica: The gold standard for sustainability
Clare Higginson
Mañana es ahora. Tomorrow is now.  This is a sign I’ve just seen whilst travelling here in Costa Rica. Even Los…
Waves on the shore
Sustainability
It’s B Corp Month!
Justin Wateridge
This month, March, is B Corps Month. It’s the time of year when B Corps from every corner of the globe…
Two bonobos sat in grass, Democratic Republic of Congo
Opinion
Footprint vs Handprint
Justin Wateridge
There is rightly much focus on the carbon footprint of our travels, in particular that of flying. Conversely, there is not…
Tea plantation, Nyungwe, Rwanda
Sustainability
Reflecting on the last year, with a look to the future
Jarrod Kyte
Between September 2021 and September 2022, we have supported organisations and projects who focus on female education and renewable energy -…
New saplings Brigg, Scunthorpe
Sustainability
Back to Brigg – Revisiting our tree planting project
Jarrod Kyte
At the end of 2018, some of the Steppes Travel team made the journey north to Brigg to kickstart our tree-planting…
Land iguana, Galapagos Islands
Sustainability
Paying a Fair Price for Nature – Galapagos Park Fees
Jarrod Kyte
The world’s natural assets are undervalued. One doesn’t have to look too hard to see evidence to support this statement: rainforests…
Morning River Cruise, Amazon Rainforest
Sustainability
We’re B Corp Certified
Steppes Travel
At Steppes we believe in the power of travel as a force for good. This is fuelled by our continuously unwavering…
White-tailed eagle or sea eagle, Scotland
Travel
Nature’s guardians on Scotland’s west coast
Jarrod Kyte
While endangered flapper skates will never be the poster boys of conservation, the beautiful marine environment they inhabit on the Argyll…

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