True Blue Sailing has been awarded Ecotourism Accreditation, by Ecotourism Australia. Ecotourism is ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation.
The ECO Certification logo is a globally recognized brand which assists travellers to choose and experience a genuine and authentic tour, attraction, cruise or accommodation that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. The ECO Certification program assures travellers that certified products are backed by a strong, well managed commitment to sustainable practices and provides high quality nature-based tourism experiences.
TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE
Climate change overview
Climate change is the result of changes in our weather patterns because of an increase in the Earth's average temperature. This is caused by increases in greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere from human activity such as burning of fossil fuels and deforestation. These gases soak up heat from the sun but instead of the heat leaving the Earth's atmosphere, some of it is trapped, making the Earth warmer.
Great Barrier Reef and Climate Change Impacts
Climate Change poses one of the greatest threats to coral reefs, through higher water temperatures and the higher acidity of seawater. Warming seas can trigger coral bleaching, where the corals become stressed and expel the zooxanthellae algae which produce their main food source. These algae also provide the coral with colour so when they leave the coral bleaches. If warm conditions do not persist for too long, the algae return and the coral recover. However in extreme events when temperatures are high for long periods of time corals will die.
True Blue Sailings' Actions to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions - Mitigation Strategies
These are just some of the steps we are taking to tackle climate change by reducing our company's carbon emissions:
Encouraging Our Visitors to Tackle Climate Change
- We minimise waste and recycle and use recycled materials whenever possible
- We measure and track our emissions footprint annually using the GBRMPA emissions calculator.
- Our vessels are serviced regularly to maintain optimum fuel efficiency and our outboard vessels utilise 4 stroke.
- A portion of the electricity we purchase comes from Green Power. Green Power is drawn from three renewable energy sources - Solar Power, Wind, Hydro and Biomass
At True Blue Sailing we believe each person around the world can reduce their total emissions each year. There are hundreds of different ways we can do this by introducing environmental practices into our everyday life such as using energy saving appliances, low energy bulbs, reduction of waste and litter and the use of environmentally friendly detergents.
When travelling we encourage our guests to ensure these practices are maintained away from home and use local energy and water efficiently. Check soaps or detergents are biodegradable. Never litter and recycle where you can. You can choose to measure and offset travel emissions through organisations such as Climate Friendly who provide emissions calculators for a range of activities and contribute to the growth of the renewable energy industry.
While travelling we encourage our guests to choose to support tour operators who have achieved the Ecotourism and Climate Action certification logo. Ecotourism Australia Certification allows travellers to Australia to identify and support operators who meet the benchmark and so ensure tourism products have minimal impact to the environment.