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Rick Steves' Europe's Climate Smart Commitment (40 words)

Travel is a major contributor to climate change. To help mitigate our impact on the environment, each year Rick Steves' Europe is investing in a portfolio of climate-smart nonprofits and advocacy groups. Learn more at www.ricksteves.com/climate.

Rick Steves' Europe's Climate Smart Commitment (80 words)

Travel is a major contributor to climate change. Carbon emissions from transatlantic flights, in particular, are a major threat to the environment. As a company that promotes (and profits from) travel, Rick Steves' Europe will self-impose a carbon tax by making an annual investment in nonprofit organizations that support conservation and climate-smart agriculture in underdeveloped countries — with an emphasis on projects that empower women and strengthen communities — as well as organizations that advocate for climate-smart legislative policies. Learn more at www.ricksteves.com/climate.

Rick Steves' Europe's Climate Smart Commitment (140 words)

Travel is a major contributor to climate change. Carbon emissions from transatlantic flights, in particular, are a major threat to our environment. As a company that promotes (and profits from) travel, Rick Steves' Europe feels that it's ethical to account for our travelers' impact on the environment. Many travel companies purchase "carbon offset credits," which are managed by brokers and fund clean energy projects in wealthier countries. Instead, we're annually investing  in a portfolio of nonprofit organizations in order to directly fund climate-smart agriculture, conservation, and agroforestry in underdeveloped countries — with an emphasis on projects that empower women and strengthen communities. We're also supporting organizations that encourage our federal government to adopt climate-smart policies. This way, the next generation can enjoy the same happy travels we've had. Learn more about our initiative and the thinking behind it at www.ricksteves.com/climate.

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Title: Rick Steves' Climate Smart Commitment

Description: Travelers face a dilemma: While international travel is one of the best ways to become a better global citizen, every flight emits damaging carbon into the atmosphere. Fortunately, it's possible to mitigate this environmental toll. Each year, Rick Steves' Europe invests in a portfolio of nonprofits that are making a big difference. 

While there are many ways to do this, we believe the best approach is to pursue long-term solutions: climate-smart projects in the developing world, combined with advocacy to shape legislation in the US. Visit www.ricksteves.com/climate.

Script: Hi, I'm Rick Steves in Ethiopia, witnessing how climate change is impacting people in villages like this. It's clear: climate change is a reality and it's hitting the poorest people in the poorest countries hardest. It's also clear that when we travel abroad, we contribute to climate change. That's why at Rick Steves' Europe we're funding organizations that run climate-smart projects in the developing world. We call it our Climate Smart Commitment. Each year, we're investing enough to mitigate the carbon created by the thousands of travelers who fly to join our Rick Steves tours. This is a small but important first step and we're proud to challenge other travelers and tour companies to join us. It's time we all take climate change more personally and pay back the environmental cost of our travels. Happy travels…no, happy carbon-neutral travels.