Transform Travel to Combat Climate Change //
Make your stay a force for good.
If you are feeling overwhelmed by climate crisis headlines, you are not alone. Approximately 75% of young respondents in a survey published in The Lancet last year said the future is frightening, and almost half reported that their feelings and thoughts about climate change negatively impacted their daily lives. Here in Australia, we have also felt the acute impacts of climate change through bushfires, flooding, and astonishing losses in biodiversity over the past decade.
Given the escalating scale and urgency of the situation, it’s easy to question if individual actions matter at all? We wonder, where should we begin? Or worse, why even bother?
When we perceive ourselves as too small and the problem as too big, we give up before we even begin, something psychologists call the pseudoinefficiacy effect. In our situation, if we believe the story about climate change that says it is too big to stop, then we will never make an effort. Wander introduces a different way to approach this classic tale.
Using travel to combat climate change.
We believe the answer to our climate crisis begins with how we interact with each other and the world. We see travel as a force for good, a mechanism to heal mother earth, and maybe even inner healing too. That’s not just something we say, it’s something we enable every day.
Approaching climate change on a human scale.
Wander encourages guests to confront climate change on a human scope as small and proximal as our own bodies, homes, and communities.
Climate change often happens at such expansive scales of time and space that we struggle to perceive it with our five senses. However, its impacts are all around us in ways we can touch, smell, hear, taste, and feel.
- Wander engages only local makers, farmers, producers, and experience providers. To date, over 30% of our revenue has been channeled directly back into the regions where we operate, helping to build sustainable, happy, healthy communities.
- Every product found in our Wander Pods has been evaluated for environmental impact and sustainability practices during production—many are also available to enjoy in your own home.
- $10 from every Wander booking goes directly to Bush Heritage Australia to help protect our irreplaceable landscapes and magnificent native species forever.
Re-sizing our impact.
Wander engages guests in sustainable practices and reminds us that the small steps we collectively take are much bigger than we imagine.
Like a captain who corrects a ship’s course by just one degree, even tiny changes can land us in a radically different place over the course of our lives.
In less than 1 year, we have already:
- Diverted over 500kg of organic waste from landfills through SubPod composting available at every WanderPod location.
- Donated over $18,840 to Bush Heritage Australia to help them continue their amazing restoration work across the country.
- Prevented nearly 5 tonnes of carbon from going into the atmosphere by going off-grid.
- Planted over 2000 native trees to revegetate the land.
Uniting to heal Country.
No one wanders alone. Together we are united, powerful, and resilient.
Joining together as Wanderers doesn’t just magnify our collective impact, it assuages our anxieties, builds our resilience, and showcases the immense power we can wield. Together, we hold the ability to influence and imagine a viable future, to bring joy, to take care, to witness, comfort, heal, and connect. We are united and powerful in our goal to heal relations with each other and with Country.
Together, we have the power to inspire transformational change
For now, remember that life will still go up and down. Some days will be challenging, and some will be triumphant–but love, community, laughter, and good food will always persevere. In seeing ourselves and the problem of climate change differently, we reclaim the power to open a door to transformation and an infinite well of possibility.
As the Indian novelist Arundhati Roy writes, “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
Hickman, C., Marks, E., Pihkala, P., Clayton, S., Lewandowski, E. R., Mayall, E. E., Wray, B., Mellor, C., & van Susteren, L. (2021). Young People’s Voices on Climate Anxiety, government betrayal and moral injury: A global phenomenon. SSRN Electronic Journal. https://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3918955
Pannett, R. (2022, July 19). Australia leads continents in mammal extinctions, climate report says. The Washington Post. Retrieved October 29, 2022, from https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/07/19/australia-state-of-the-environment-report-2022-climate/.
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