Through 20 years of working in Peru, we’ve seen it with our own eyes: glaciers are visibly shrinking, and natural disasters happen increasingly.
We see that climate change will/is disproportionately impacting people who least have the resources to adapt to it, and who are least responsible for causing it. The indigenous communities we work with see the glaciers as gods. If nothing is done soon, they will have to deal with the immense burden of their entire environment, even their cultural world, collapsing from climate change. So, it is only logical we started to take action.
Here is what we are doing to help build the world we want to live in:
- A step forward to give our Mother Earth the respect she deserves, Vamos has partnered with Green Initiative (one of the 24 acredited businesses by the United Nations to certify carbon neutrality). https://www.greeninitiative.eco/ to offset the harmful greenhouse gases our business produces. Vamos began offsetting 100% of our administrative footprint in 2020. We know offsets are not a cure-all, yet they offer a crucial strategy for harm reduction.
The UN body for assesing the science related to Climate Change (IPCC) currently advices on the need to cut global carbon emissions to 55% below 2017 levels by 2030 in order to keep the planet within 1.5 degrees of warming offsets can help to reduce the harm of difficult to reduce emissions. Offsetting will play a role in achieving this goal, but we know that if we want to address climate change, we need to focus on reducing our greenhouse gas emissions using all available strategies, from small lifestyle changes, reforestation, protecting natural areas and more. Offsets therefore constitute only part of Vamos effort to reduce our climate impact. (You can read more about other initiatives on our Environmental & Social responsibility page.)