We're happy to present our 2019 portfolio of Climate Smart Commitment grant recipients. By supporting these organizations with a "self-imposed carbon tax" totaling $1 million, our goal is to help mitigate the carbon emissions of the 30,000 people we took on Rick Steves tours in 2019 as we work to make our business climate smart.
While there are many fine organizations doing effective work to fight climate change, these are the 11 organizations that best fit our climate-smart goals: 1) advocating in Congress for US government policies to fight climate change and 2) helping farming communities in the developing world employ climate-smart agriculture and forestry techniques to mitigate their contribution to climate change.
These short summaries explain why we chose each organization. We've included links to their websites for more information, so that independent travelers inspired by our initiative can contribute individually. Experts say that a donation of $30 mitigates the carbon produced by one round-trip US–Europe flight.
We'll repeat this each year with a total donation that grows with our tour program. We'll review and reassess this list each year — and we welcome suggestions of organizations that fit our parameters.