Speaking today at the WTTC Global Summit in Seville, Professor Geoffrey Lipman, SUNx Co-founder and President of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP), a travel and tourism coalition of global destinations committed to quality service and green growth, announced the launch of a Lifetime Learning program to support the Tourism sector as it transforms to Climate Friendly Travel. He said:
“Deep down, most people know, Travel & Tourism must respond to the eXistential challenge of Climate Change, must fully align with the Paris Agreement targets, and must play a leading role in the Green New Deal paradigm shift. Our sector is a central part of the human activity – social, economic and environmental: its influence and impact are growing: its role in development is fundamental. Mobility is a part of our DNA.”
SUNx – a legacy program for Maurice Strong, the father of sustainable development – has crafted the start of a response. “Plan For Our Kids” will create 100,000 STRONG Climate Champions in all UN States by 2030.”
Alongside Professor Lipman were program partners Robin Ingle CEO of leading Canadian-based global travel risk management and travel insurance provider Ingle International Inc., and Hamish Keith, CEO of South Asia Travel specialist EXO Travel Group.
Working with Ingle International as its first global sponsor and EXO Foundation as the first regional sponsor, SUNx want to help prepare the next generation of decision makers, as well as help companies and communities connect with them.
Just 50 STRONG Climate Champions in each State, every year for the next decade will see a global movement of 100,000 by 2030. They will be from the Greta Thunberg generation. They will have the same vision, commitment and tenacity. They will help to build the thinking; drive the behaviour, identify innovations and influence the fundamental government and industry actions needed to deliver Climate Friendly Travel.