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Lighten your Carbon Footprint
We take pride in dealing with small and locally owned boutique hotels, lodges, and businesses, and seek out those with a commitment to their environment and local populations. So just by traveling through JB Journeys, you are a supporter of Eco-Tourism.
We know that air travel is a big contributor to carbon emissions. JB Journeys offers you the option to offset emissions created from your flight in an easy way; no complex calculations.
Please simply add $25, $50, $100, $____ other to cost of your travels with JB Journeys and we will forward that full amount to one of these organizations. JB Journeys supports the following groups in the countries where we do business:
Well Aware, Inc. is a non-profit organization, whose goals are to return health and prosperity to individuals of rural Kenya by providing safe and plentiful drinking water. W.A. is structured to facilitate the fundraising for, and the construction of, drought relief projects in rural Kenya. 100% of public donations goes directly to drought relief.
Rainforest Partnership's mission is to develop a global network of partners to protect the Earth’s rainforests by:
* Identifying threats to forest integrity in partnership with local stakeholders;
* Working with local communities, businesses, government, and nonprofit agencies to create sustainable economic development alternatives to deforestation, ensuring the integrity of the forest and all its resources for generations to come;
* Raising awareness in our communities of the issues relevant to protecting the forest and the need for action to connect activities in each partner community to global impacts on climate change;
* Acting as a catalyst—linking people to people—to achieve a sustainable future.
And to do so in a way that respects all, protecting human rights and preserving indigenous integrity.
Their current projects include developing Panma Hermosa as an eco-tourist destination.
The Panama Audubon Society is easily the hardest working conservation group in the country. They have been promoting and protecting birds in Panama for over 35 years. During the last ten years Panama Audubon has worked more directly on conservation and education about birds and their habitats, using the Important Bird Area program as a model. In 2009, after 10 years of work with support from around the world, they received word that the Bay of Panama Ramsar Site was officially included in Panama’s National Protected Area System. The bay has been under major threat by developers.
PAS works locally with public schools, and rural communities and have a seat on the Board of Trustees for Metropolitan Nature Park and Amigos del Águila Harpía (Friends of the Harpy Eagle).
The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center was started in 1983, as a last ditch effort to provide a home for a collection of wild animals which had been used in making documentary films about tropical forests. Shortly after the backyard "zoo" began, it was quickly realized that its Belizean visitors were unfamiliar with the different species of wildlife which shared their country. This very aspect fomented the commitment to develop the little zoo into a dynamic wildlife education center.
Today, The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center is settled upon 29 acres of tropical savanna and exhibits over 125 animals all native to Belize. The zoo keeps animals which were orphaned, born at the zoo, rehabilitated animals, or sent to The Belize Zoo as gifts from other zoological institutions.
If you wish to know more about the Zoo and Belize, a great read is The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw by Bruce Barcott.
A ‘world-renowned conservation initiative’ of the American Birding Association, Birders Exchange is a small movement that really makes a difference. And you can help OH-SO-EASILY!
BEX aims to connect budding naturalists, guides, students, teachers, and researchers in the tropics with needed equipment. This equipment comes from donations from people like you, who are ready to upgrade to new binoculars, spotting scopes or the latest field guides. BEX then matches the equipment with an applicant in Latin America or the Caribbean.
Even if you don’t have equipment to donate, you can still help! You could be a courier on your next trip to the tropics and deliver some binoculars or field guides. As of now, most airlines still don’t charge for checked luggage on international flights so carrying a piece or two of equipment might not take up much space. In addition to helping, you get a chance to meet some local people who have an interest in conservation. It’s win – win. Please let them know that JB Journeys sent you!