TORONTO — Intrepid Travel’s Toronto-based team is inviting the travel industry to join them at the Global Climate Strike at Queen’s Park this Friday.
The global event, which is said to be taking place in over 150 countries, is being held to support young climate strikers and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. It will kick off on Sept. 27 at 11 a.m., concluding a week-long global movement.
The sales and marketing teams in Intrepid’s North American headquarters will be given the green light to attend Toronto’s march and join the hundreds of thousands of people around the world protesting government inaction on climate change.
In an unprecedented step, Intrepid also closed its global headquarters in Melbourne on Sept. 20 for the city’s rally.
In an open letter, James Thornton, Intrepid’s CEO, said: “We are at a pivotal moment in time. Taking definitive action to fight the climate crisis is critical. Children around the world have been leading the way through the Climate Strike movement, and now is the time for adults – and business leaders – to stand up and support the call for immediate action.”
Noting that flying is a big contributor to emissions, Thornton also said that the company wants to ensure that it is doing everything it can to mitigate its impact.
“We have been climate neutral since 2010, and in 2020 we will become a Climate Positive business,” he added. “We firmly believe that there are positive solutions available – but change is happening too slowly. We need individuals, businesses and governments to work together to make change happen. This is especially true now, when short-term decision making is putting future generations at risk.”
The company has joined B-Corp business collective This is not business as usual, a group of global companies pledging to support worker participation in the strike. “Every business can do something, whether it’s closing the doors, having a meeting-free day, allowing a long lunch, or sending an email to make it clear teams will not be penalized for taking a few hours off,” the companies said.
For more information go to https://globalclimatestrike.net/.