We have just one world, and we need to take care of it. We understand and witness daily the importance of our environment, and the havoc that climate change can wrought. We know that tourism can have a negative effect, and we have witnessed the rush of uncaring tourists into some of our most beautiful cities, leaving them impacted for the worse. We are aware that tourism is also contributing to the climate crisis: in particular, the CO2 emissions from flights and over-tourism have a negative effect on our world and on the places that we hold dear.
But we believe that tourism can have a hugely positive impact. With care and consideration, conscious tourism can help develop and support local communities, allow cultures to be maintained and educate and inform those who travel.
Because we care, we’ve decided to sign up to Tourism Declares, an initiative that supports tourism businesses, organisations and individuals who care in declaring a climate emergency and encourages them to take purposeful action to reduce their carbon emissions as per the advice from The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to cut global carbon emissions to 55% below 2017 levels by 2030.
Like all signatories, we have committed to the following five actions:
1. Develop a ‘Climate Emergency Plan’ within the next 12 months, which sets out our intentions to reduce carbon emissions over the next decade.
This Plan will include:
2. Share an initial public declaration of our ‘Climate Emergency Plan’, and update on progress each year.
3. Accept current IPCC advice stating the need to cut global carbon emissions to 55% below 2017 levels by 2030 in order to keep the planet within 1.5 degrees of warming.
4. Encourage our suppliers and partners to make the same declaration; sharing best practice amongst peers; and actively participate in the Tourism Declares community
5. Advocate for change.
We founded Commendable Rentals because we fell in love with the very diverse and different regions of the planet, because we were moved by the people, the landscapes and the regional specificities we found each time we traveled through the world and set up a home.
Follow and share our initiative; we commit to updating on our progress annually!