Responsible travel


Our world is changing. Mankind must adopt responsible behaviours quickly.

Responsible travel

To travel responsible contributes significantly to increase human development, to fight against climate change, to the safeguarding of environment and biodiversity.

 

Compared with other economic sectors, like agriculture for example, tourism is only responsible for a small piece of greenhouse effect gas emissions, approximately 6%. However this figure increases quickly and we all must, including you, reconsider our leisure.


10 clients = 1 tree

By choosing Espaço Talassa, you are choosing to limit your ecological footprint. Espaço Talassa plants trees and contributes for the “micro-reserve” project, to partly compensate the ecological deficit and the CO2 emissions related to our whale watching activity, in collaboration with association “Quercus”. For each customer approximately €0,50 cent will be donated, with the purpose to plant "Cabeço Santo" (GPS position: 40º 31" 52' N et 8º 20" 36' W- Google earth) in the mountain range of Caramulo, victim of a terrible forest fire in 2005. Soon the indigenous vegetation will substitute eucalyptus, acacias and other infestants . You may find more information about Quercus and about projects “criar bosques” (creating woods) and “micro reservas biologicas” (biological micro reserves) in www.quercus.pt.


It’s true: “the sea is blue because forests are green” !

 

We propose you to join directly our effort and to partly compensate the CO2 emission (see www.climatefriendly.com) related to the air transport you took to visit the Azores.

 

To compensate carbon and other greenhouse effect gases is fine, but to produce less is even better.

 

Above all, it’s a question of fighting for the good sense. The tourist of tomorrow will not have the choice: he will go on holidays less often, he will move less and less further, he will have to use a means of transportation less pollutant than the plane and his stays may undoubtedly increase.

 

Solidary tourism.

Far from defending that „whale watching “must be popularized and be proposed for the mass, Espaço Talassa thinks that it is right and educational that the meeting with cetaceans should be accessible for local population, whalers children, youngsters, students, and for the underprivileged… „Solidariedade “is a project which allows inhabitants of Pico, students of any age, youth card holders, and unemployed to meet whales and dolphins which cross south of Lajes do Pico by paying a symbolic sum of 10 €.

More on our engagements look at the ethical charter Espaço Talassa.


Cabeço Santo, to be continued...