I’m very fortunate at Intrepid to lead our climate action work, but it doesn’t just sit with me or the board. The thing we all need to understand is that climate action happens at all levels. This is not an issue that will be solved at a government or business level alone. It is up to everyone.
We need all staff to understand what their role is, why we focus on the carbon footprint of our trips, how we can innovate in areas like low-carbon on-ground transport, and to realize that for us, climate action is not an add-on: It’s central to our work.
Individual action also needs to happen. This includes how you vote politically, but it can also be how you vote with your money. Can you support businesses that are doing the right thing? Where is your superannuation, or 401k? Who do you bank with?
We are seeing people thinking more seriously about the planet, which gives me hope. But when you look at the recent IPCC report or the historic heatwave that is happening in Asia, it is clear that we need to act now.
My advice for people is just start today, don’t delay it. And embrace science! A career in science can take you to the most amazing places and it is needed everywhere.
As told to Wendy Williams.