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WHAT WE’VE ACHIEVED
Over the past few years we’ve been channeling our efforts into supporting and sustaining the world’s greatest asset – it’s oceans. 70% of our entire planet is covered in water and the health of our oceans impacts us all, from the food that we eat, to the species that depend on the ocean. In its simplest form, this big mass of blue is what connects earth to life.
Now, working together with Treadright, we’re expanding our focus, working with local communities around the world to ensure their local traditions and ways of life are up-help and protected. After all, isn’t it exactly that – insight into local lives, traditions and cultures – that is the very reason why we travel in the first place?
In late 2015 Contiki took 9 Storytellers to the East Coast of Australia to learn first-hand about the dangers of plastic pollution in our oceans. The Storytellers, comprised of surfers, photographers and musicians who each have their own personal connection to the ocean, weaved together a story of conservation and adventure, ultimately learning why it’s so important to tread lightly when travelling and to realise how our actions can directly impact the ocean.
THE YOUTUBER & THE ENVIRONMENTALIST TALK SUSTAINABILITY
WHEN ALLI MET CELINE
To raise awareness for Earth Day 2015, we brought together two incredible women, YouTuber Alli Speed and legendary documentarian Celine Cousteau, to discuss two fundamental issues that play a pivotal role in the health of our environment – what we eat, and where we travel.
STORYTELLERS: COSTA RICA
THE PLIGHT OF THE SEA TURTLE
A good storyteller can help save the planet. During Earth Month 2014, Contiki sent 12 storytellers from across the globe to Costa Rica. Here, they worked alongside The Sea Turtle Conservancy, to discover all of the ways in which these ancient sea creatures are under threat, and simultaneously to discover what can be done to help their fight for survival.
EARTH MONTH: GALAPAGOS
INSIDE THE WORLD’S MOST BIO-DIVERSE REGION
What makes the Galapagos possibly the most unique place on the planet? Simple – it’s bio diversity. Nowhere else on earth will you feel a connection to the ocean, and to ocean dwellers, more than you will here, amongst species that can only exist here. But as beautiful as this land is, it’s also fragile. To explore this story further, during Earth Month 2013 we travelled to the Galapagos alongside Celine Cousteau, to find out more…
PROTECTING THE GALAPAGOS
WITH FELICITY PALMATEER AND JESINTA CAMPBELL
As part of our Earth Month 2013 celebration, Contiki sent 2 fearless, iconic Australian women to The Galapagos Islands. Billabong Junior Pro Surfer Felicity Palmateer and television personality Jesinta Campbell we’re joined on the trip by our sustainability partner Céline Cousteau. Their mission? To learn about what makes the Galapagos islands one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world, and discover what we can do to support and preserve its future.
CHALLENGE FOR CHANGE
JOURNEY TO THE CHATEAU
486 kilometres, 12 riders, 1 challenge – to cycle from Paris to Contiki’s Chateau de Cruix located just outside of Lyon. Covering a grueling 486 kilometres in just 4 days, 12 dedicated, passionate and inspiring Contiki staff members from around the world managed to raise an incredible £7780.50 for the Rainbow Trust and a further US$2,940 for the Thirst Project.