(PRWEB) October 23, 2012
Free & Easy Traveler, a Canadian adventure travel company which organizes and runs backpacking-style trips all over the globe has joined forces with Community Forests International (CFI). CFI is a volunteer-driven organization, working to connect people and their communities to the forests that sustain them. They currently support over 14 communities in Tanzania while initiating forest and climate change education around the world.
Due to the nature of Free & Easy’s business, a great deal of travel and flights is done by their travelers and staff each year creating a large amount of CO2 emissions in the atmosphere. However, the goal of the Free & Easy and CFI relationship is to offset the carbon footprint caused by this travel.
CFI will plant one tree for each person that travels with Free & Easy each year. The trees are planted in two locations: in various parts of rural Canada and the island of Pemba in Tanzania. This is part of the company's goals of connecting the global community and pioneering partnerships to support the environments in which we all live and travel.
On top of planting trees, CFI has purchased and saved an endangered piece of Canada's Acadian forest in New Brunswick called Whaelghinbran Farm on behalf of Free & Easy which will be used to offset the 90.02 tonnes of carbon dioxide created by Free & Easy Traveler in 2011/12. This land is forever preserved and protected from clear cutting. "Without Free and Easy's support this property would have been sold and destroyed," says CFI's project developer, Jeff Schnurr. “Carbon offsetting is a long-term process and by purchasing the land, Free & Easy and CFI have ensured that this property will never be clearcut and the carbon offsets will be stored permanently in the enriched forests.”
"We believe travelling is an amazing and important life experience, especially for young people. This generation can impact the world, but we want to ensure that we help people to travel without contributing to the destruction of our environment, whether at home or around the world.” says Rob Campbell, Free & Easy's Operation Manager who set-up the partnership with CFI. “We were excited to see what Jeff and CFI did with our traveller’s contribution in year one and I definitely look forward to growing this relationship and the awareness of Community Forest International in the years to come.”
To learn more about Community Forests International and find out how you can help contribute to the preservation of our environment, visit: http://www.forestsinternational.org
About Free & Easy Traveler:
Free & Easy Traveler has created a new genre of adventure travel by mixing structure with ultimate flexibility in a group setting. They have been operating as a successful adventure tour operator since 2001. Free & Easy currently runs trips to some of the most exotic and amazing places on the earth, including adventure travel in Thailand, the Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica, Greece & Turkey. Their trips are 10 - 140 days in length and provide you with the time to dive into each destination and really experience a different way of travel, life and adventure. Free & Easy Traveler is rooted in Western Canada but has worldwide branches.