Declaration – 19th November 2020
There is a global climate emergency and the tourism industry contributes to the problem. Yet, we can be part of the solution, lessening our impact, through adopting more environmentally sustainable tourism practices. Wild Scotland, as the representative body of the wildlife, adventure and activity tourism industry commits to encouraging and enabling our members and others involved in the sector to reduce our climate footprint and promote sustainable tourism.
As an industry which celebrates, utilises and is reliant on the natural environment, we realise that we must do more than just preserve it, but make a positive difference to ensure future generations value the natural world. We are proud to join with a growing number of organisations and stand up to say that Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency.
Wild Scotland was established in 2003 to represent, support and develop Scotland’s growing wildlife, adventure and activity tourism sector. Best practice and practical responses to the climate emergency will be shared amongst our members through our web portal. Our new strategic plan and code of practice enables us to commit to:
- Develop a meaningful Climate Emergency Plan within one year and widely share and seek support for our Declaration and Plan.
- Advocate for change across the tourism industry and lobby for regulatory change to accelerate to net zero carbon travel
- Encourage our members, suppliers and partners, including government bodies and NGO’s, to declare a Climate Emergency and to produce their own Climate Emergency Plans.
- Share information and best practice on how to create and implement a Climate Emergency Plan through practical solutions generated by our members.
Find out more about the Tourism Declares Initiative here.