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Posts Tagged 'australia'

Camel Culling: Carbon Credits vs Public Service Campaign

Monday, June 13th, 2011
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Photo by Tambako the Jaguar

I have a dream. A dream where wild camels can roam free on the plains of Australia.

The Australian government is looking to cull their camel population because apparently camels emit too much carbon dioxide from burping and farting. A camel emits, on average, about 45kg of methane a year. So what? So does my grandpa, but you don’t see me dragging him out to the shed, shotgun in hand. Aussie authorities are trying to persuade companies to get involved; offering them ‘carbon-credits’ for aiding in the culling. Basically this means that based on however many camels you kill, your company gets more leeway for the amount of greenhouse gas it is allowed to emit. I say, leave the darn camels alone and invest in a public service campaign to get citizens to reduce their carbon footprint.

Here are some simple ways you can do that without having to kill a camel: Ways to be eco-friendly: When painting, use co-products like latex paint instead of oil-based paint. Latex paint has less harmful chemicals in it and therefore smells a whole lot better to you and the earth.

Use alternative energy sources like windmill kits: they’re not too expensive and are a great source of electricity in windy areas. Opt for solar energy: This is great to use for solar powered water heaters.

Instead of travelling by car, how about looking at other more eco-friendly ways to travel? How about getting an electric bike or an electric motor to add on to your regular bicycle?

Buy organic food. Conventional farming uses huge amounts of harmful chemicals in their pesticides and fertilizers as well as in the machinery used to run a farm. Organic farmers use methods which mean reducing fossil fuel inputs. Some farmers even use animals to help on the farm instead of using machinery.

Do away with buying plastic bags at stores and rather take your own reusable bag with you. If only we humans practiced the ‘reduce, recycle, reuse’ concept religiously; then camels in Australia would be able to sleep at night.

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Tags: australia, camels, carbon-footprint, eco-friendly, environment

What is a Local Payment?

Monday, September 21st, 2009
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Easy answer - the local payment (also called kitty) is a portion of your total tour price which you pay locally to your Crew at the start of the trip.

This enables tour operators to get cash directly to their Crew for on-the-ground expenses without having to have a bank account in every country or spend a fortune wire transferring it. These costs would be passed onto the client so effectively it also keeps tour prices down a little bit.

However, with recent changes in advertising and consumer protection laws in different countries (Australia and most of Europe especially), the local payment is to be phased out

This will mean your 'once off' tour price will be all inclusive of your tour cost AND any incurred costs of getting funds to the Ground Crew or activity operators, fluctuating exchange rates and random banking charges. The average increase in tour cost is around 1% at this point.

Not every tour has a local payment and whether it applies can also depend on where you live and what currency you will pay in. Not all laws are completely beneficial to the general public then are they? Feel free to ask any questions about Local Payment below or check out Local Payment info here.

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Tags: australia, europe, random-banking-charges, tour-operators