On April 22nd, more than 193 countries around the world celebrated Earth Day. First introduced in 1970, this day allows us to appreciate Mother Earth while raising awareness of its fragility. Just like a New Year’s resolution, we resolve to improve our lifestyles and plan for a better future planet. But, just like a New Year’s resolution, our goals are often forgotten after a few months. We no longer have that luxury. Whether you’re an avid eco-warrior or starting your journey to a more sustainable lifestyle, read on to discover our two cents on the importance of sustainability, ecotourism in Mexico, and how to make everyday Earth Day.
Our Carbon Footprint and Climate Change
“No Water, No Life, No Blue, No Green” – Dr Sylvia Earle
A carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouses gases generated by our actions. This includes everything from the food we eat, to the clothes we buy and the way we travel. The more greenhouse gases produced, the more heat becomes trapped in the atmosphere and the warmer our planet becomes. It’s a vicious cycle. It’s been estimated that a quarter of all the carbon emissions produced is absorbed by the ocean (although this could be much higher).
Sustainability: It’s All About Small Actions, Big Impact
Our adventures above and below water have shown us just how fragile the environment is. Sustainability is no longer a buzzword, but a real and immediate necessity. There are so many actions that can be taken to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle. In fact, so much so that it can feel somewhat… overwhelming.
The best way to make a real difference is to commit to a lifestyle change, so rather than trying to bite off more than you can chew, we recommend starting small. Be mindful of your household energy use, buy local produce and, if you can, walk or cycle to work.
The Importance of Ecotourism
In an increasingly connected world, travelling has never been easier. Rather than ditching travel altogether, travel less and make your vacation count by travelling responsibly. You’ve probably heard of ecotourism, which combines conservation, communities, and sustainable travel; and is essential for the preservation of natural areas and local communities.
Inspired by environmentally conscious tourism on the Galápagos Islands, conservationist Tim Means set up Baja Expeditions in 1974. It was one of the first major low-impact nature tourism companies in Mexico. We are worried, passionate, and very committed to minimizing climate change through promoting ecotourism in Mexico. Our team includes local and international naturalists, local family members, former fisherman, accomplished guides, field scientists and local students.
Ecotourism: Knowledge is Power
To quote Baba Dioum: “In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.”
We support our local environmental education, research and community projects whilst also educating and providing life changing experiences to our guests. Whether it’s a relaxing weekend break or a family vacation, a switch to ecotourism in Mexico, and any vacation you take for that matter, will not only bring you closer to nature but you will be contributing directly to conservation efforts.
Go Off-Grid on a Glamping Expedition
Like peanut butter and jelly, Batman and Robin, thunder and lightning… ecotourism and glamping go hand in hand. Glamping allows travelers to become delightfully off-grid in the most remote, wild landscapes, while having minimal impact on the local environment. We offer a plethora of wilderness glamping expeditions across Baja California, from meeting the world’s friendliest gray whales at San Ignacio Lagoon to becoming gloriously marooned on the white sand dunes of Magdalena Bay. Discover five other reasons you should go glamping in Mexico.
Low Impact Adventures Aboard the Mango Wind
Feel the salty sea breeze on your skin as you set sail aboard our 45-foot catamaran, the Mango Wind. The perfect option for those looking to minimize their carbon footprint, the Mango Wind caters for a plethora of adventures, from freediving to scuba diving, kayaking and paddling… basically, whatever your heart desires.
Espiritu Santo Island Eco Camp
Surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Gulf of California, Isla Espiritu Santo feels delightfully off-grid, despite being only 18 miles north of La Paz. Espiritu Santo is a natural protected area, and as such, there are no permanent residents on the island, and we hold one of the very limited minimum-impact base camp permits.
Using our eco camp as a base, spend days exploring the turquoise waters surrounding the island, be it diving and snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, guided swims… the list goes on. Our trips are completely tailored to your tastes and can be as active or relaxed as you like.
Interested in learning more about our eco-adventures? Get in touch to discover more.
Image credit: Daniel Taylor, David Serradell.