Northern Latitude Adventures, a small group boat tours company based in Seward, Alaska and offering whale watching, glacier and wildlife tours to Kenai Fjords National Park, has joined the Carbonfree® Small Business Partnership Program and also is offering tour passengers the opportunity to offset their own tour-related emissions.
“As a company that directly benefits from being able to access pristine wilderness environments, we want to do everything we can to protect those resources. We see some of the effects of climate change in person on a daily basis,” explains Captain Leif Brasher. “Warming of the ocean waters under our keel and noticeable shrinking of Alaska’s icefields and glaciers are clear and present indicators of changes in our climate. We know that excessive CO2, and other greenhouse gasses in our atmosphere are contributing to these changes. In addition to taking measures to reduce our own impacts, we have partnered with Carbonfund.org to offset our carbon footprint and help reduce excessive carbon dioxide buildup in the earth’s atmosphere.”
Since it’s not possible to completely eliminate the carbon footprint of a boat tour, Northern Latitude Adventures has partnered with Carbonfund.org to offer certified carbon offsets to its tour passengers to offset the remaining impact. Passengers can select to pre-purchase carbon offsets for only $1 per person for a 3-4 hour tour, and only $2 per person for one of the longer trips out to the glaciers.
The Northern Latitude Adventures team understands that taking care of our environment is key to a sustainable future. Whether it is stopping the boat to pick up trash out of the ocean, or just going slow to reduce noise when approaching or leaving marine wildlife, the Northern Latitude Adventures team strives to be at the forefront of best stewardship practices.
In 2020, Northern Latitude Adventures invested in brand new higher fuel efficiency, low emission diesel motors for its tour boat the “Enukn”. The upgrade will save several gallons of diesel on every trip which directly reduces the tour company’s carbon footprint. Another plus is the new motors are much quieter, which provides a better guest experience and reduces noise pollution.
Northern Latitude Adventures also recently partnered with the Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance to help support their marine debris clean-up efforts and other important projects.