How we address the issue of climate change in Australia and who pays is a hot topic right now, but enough with the carbon tax scare tactics! There are many reasons for Australian businesses to support action on climate change. Intrepid Travel has been ‘taxing’ our customers by including the cost of carbon offsetting into the cost of our trips (on average only 34 cents per passenger per day) for the last three years and guess what? The sky hasn’t fallen in! It’s had no negative impact on our sales and has meant we’ve been able to fulfil the expectations of our travellers – we surveyed them and over 94% said they expect us to take action on climate change.
Unfortunately, businesses are free to use the Earth’s atmosphere as a dumping ground for the carbon emissions created by their daily activities. As a result, we are facing a real threat of climate change. Whether it be a carbon tax, a CPRS or ETS, we need to put a price on pollution to provide an incentive for the corporate sector to minimize its footprint. Long term sustainability of our planet should be the aim and focus here, not short term economic impacts.
Intrepid Travel welcomes a price on carbon and we hope our fellow Australian businesses will also voice their support for a mechanism that supports action on Climate Change – it is well and truly time!
Darrell Wade and Geoff Manchester
Co-founders, Intrepid Travel
PS. Say Yes Rallies are being held around Australia this Sunday 5 June, so stand up this World Environment Day and say YES to action on climate change and YES to a price on pollution!