Part of being an “eco” business is ensuring the sustainability of the communities in which our guests travel. This is why Small World Journeys has committed at least 5% of net profits each year to support non-profit community and environmental conservation organisations. We support homeless and disadvantaged youth in Cairns through Harald’s House, as well as local environmental organisations working to preserve our natural resources.
The organisations we support include:
Rainforest Rescue is a not-for-profit organisation that has been protecting and restoring rainforests in Australia and internationally since 1998. Their projects re-establish rainforests through planting, maintenance and restoration programs, as well as purchasing and protecting high conservation value rainforest and preserving its biodiversity.
Since 2012, Small World Journeys has given over $2,400 to Rainforest Rescue to support the adoption of rainforest land at risk.
Sustainable Travel International (STI)
Sustainable Travel International (STI) is globally recognized for promoting sustainable development through travel and tourism. Its mission is to help destinations, businesses, and travelers develop and implement innovative solutions that protect the environment, support adaptation to climate change, maintain sense of place, and generate economic benefits.
Each year, Small World Journeys pays to offset its carbon footprint through STI. In 2014, we offset 51.4921 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions!
One of the projects to which we have contributed is: The Biogas Program for Animal Husbandry Sector of Vietnam
The Biogas Program for the Animal Husbandry Sector of Vietnam is an emission reduction project in Vietnam that has been independently verified by The CDM Gold Standard. The purpose of the project activity is to further develop the commercial and structural deployment of domestic biogas to promote the long-term utilization of renewable energy produced in an environmentally compatible and economically viable way.
The project generates emission reductions by leveraging the available resources generated from agriculture to create biogas from renewable animal manure. Each biogas plant is a fixed dome and can range from 4-50 square meters to have a capacity for 20-300 kgs of manure daily. The biogas collected is used to replace conventional fuels like firewood, coal, LPG, kerosene, and can power biogas lamps as an alternative to conventional light bulbs. Once the manure has been digested, it also serves as a nutritious source of fertilizer to return the energy back to the soil.
Over 180,000 biogas plants will be installed throughout 57 of Vietnam’s 63 provinces and over 2,500 permanent jobs will be created in communities by 2018. In addition to its emission reduction activity, the project will generate an alternative to synthetic fertilizers, improve sanitary conditions on farms, improve household air quality, and reduce environmental load on surface waters.
The project received the Humanitarian Award at the World Energy Forum in 2012 and an Ashden Award for Sustainability in 2010.
Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre
Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on Fitzroy Island (CTRC) is a volunteer operated, non-profit organisation dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick and injured turtles. The Great Barrier Reef is home to six of the world’s seven species of marine turtles. A number of these are seriously threatened by a diverse range of natural and, more significantly, human induced factors.
Since 2012, Small World Journeys has given over $6,700 to The Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on Fitzroy Island to support the continued care of sick and injured sea turtles in the Cairns region.
Kuranda Envirocare is a community volunteer organisation based in Kuranda in Far North Queensland, Australia. It has a special commitment to preserving and strengthening the Envirolink Corridor, a 10 kilometre arc of remnant rainforest vegetation south and west of Kuranda, linking World Heritage listed rainforests north and south of Kuranda.
Since 2012, Small World Journeys has given over $2,200 to Kuranda Envirocare to support the restoration of the most vulnerable sections of the Envirolink Corridor.
Harald's House for Homeless Youth
Harald’s House is the only home/shelter of its kind in Far North Queensland where residents are required to participate in schooling, training or work, enabling them to take the next step towards realising their potential and ending the cycle of homelessness.
For the past two decades, Harald Falge and his Street Level Youth Care team have cared about homeless children in Cairns. They offered food, support and hope to kids when there has been no-one else to turn to. Harald’s House is a Cairns-based charity to which Small World Journeys also donates.
In the 2013-14 financial year, Small World Journeys gave over $1,000 to Carinity/Harald’s House to support local homeless and at-risk youth in Cairns
The International Ecotourism Society
The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting ecotourism. Founded in 1990, TIES has been in the forefront of the development of ecotourism, providing guidelines and standards, training, technical assistance, research and publications. TIES’ global network of ecotourism professionals and travelers is leading the efforts to make tourism a viable tool for conservation, protection of bio-cultural diversity, and sustainable community development.
Small World Journeys has been a member since 2009.