Carbon Offsetting for Arctic Expedition 2007
The symposium had a carbon offset scheme. This was very important to the credibility of the venture to ensure that our expedition did not add to the global warming problem.
All the aircraft fuel expended and fuel for the ship have been calculated through the UK charity Rainforest Concern. Hylton M. Philipson, a trustee, was on board. The money will go to providing a rainwater harvesting system to deliver clean water to the Yawanawa Tribe of the Rio Gregorio in the Acre province of the Amazon. The tribe is less than 700 people and have been granted 200,000 hectares of Amazon rain forest by the Brazil government, as a reserve, in which they live. The scheme is designed to preserve the forest. Sadly children of this small tribe are dying because of lack of clean water. Currently £5,000 has been donated but it may be more when the final calculations of the expedition's carbon footprint are made. The idea is to enable the tribe to survive and thrive to save the rainforest. The chief of the Yawanawa was on board the symposium's last expedition, which was to the Amazon.
According to the charter company, because of international regulations, only airlines from Greenland and the UK can operate between UK and Greenland. The long distance between London and Greenland affects the choice of aircraft. Only jets with 150 seats or more are capable of operating this routing at present. Smaller aircraft cannot offer the performance needed. Even so not every airline is allowed to fly to Greenland. Crews need special training and certificates. The smallest aircraft in Greenland for international flights is the Boeing B757 of the type symposium travelled on, and it was also the smallest available in the UK at the time of the original charter.