Here at Kanu Kapers we work hard to reduce our impact on the delicate Noosa Everglades ecosystem. In fact, our sustainable Noosa Everglades kayak tours are almost carbon neutral. In 2019 we launched a carbon offset scheme for koalas, with the aim of negating carbon usage by donating money to fund the planting of precious koala habitat. Thanks to the generosity of our guests, to date the scheme has raised a whopping $2,300! Recent changes enabling donations to be made at checkout on our website, meaning that it’s now even easier to get involved.
Calculating Carbon Usage
As we operate kayak tours and our tours begin and end in the national park, they are pretty much carbon neutral. Our office and shed power supplies are also carbon neutral. However, the fuel for the vehicle we use to collect supplies for the business and the fuel used by our clients to drive to and from our launch site at Elanda Point (near Boreen Point) does have a carbon footprint.
In order to negate our guests and our own vehicle carbon emissions, we calculate carbon usage on a kilometer basis and turn this into monetary terms using an online carbon calculator (see link below). We then ask guests for a donation to cover this. Simple!
Donations are then given to local charity Queensland Koala Crusaders who use the money to plant trees for koala habitat.
The Carbon Calculator stats make pretty sobering reading:
- Client journey – Noosa to launch site (Elanda Point): 58km return
- Carbon emitted by average deisel car: 15kg /carbon
- Equivalent to lighting The Eiffel Tower for 2 hrs & Equivalent to one tree’s annual workload
- Donation to offset carbon = cost of planting one tree
(a journey from BNE would be 3 trees)
Trees cost Koala Crusaders around $10 to plant (and maintain). So, we figure that by donating $10 to buy one tree for a round trip car journey from Noosa , the carbon can be negated. $30 would negate the return car journey from Brisbane by enabling the planting of 3 trees.
Please note, these calculations are based on average car journeys for simplicity.
Our Guests Are Making a Difference
Our guests are now able to donate when they book online, or we have a tin for cash donation at our launch site. To date the carbon offset scheme for koalas has raised over $2,300 with the donation tin alone, so we are excited about what we could achieve with the new donation option at check out on our website.
Trees cost around $10 to buy, plant and maintain. That means our clients have been responsible for planting around 230 trees so far. Pretty impressive!
Koala habitat is being destroyed at an alarming rate throughout Queensland and Australia. Predators, disease and rapid urbanisation pose big threats to koalas, whose numbers have already been smashed by 90% since European settlement.
Queensland Koala Crusaders actively engage in rescue, rehabilitation and re-release of sick and injured koalas and in habitat and corridor vegetation restoration. The donations from our carbon offset scheme for koalas enable them to plant much needed habitat.
Sustainable Noosa Everglades
Many of our clients tell us that they book our tours because we offer ‘sustainable Noosa Everglades kayak tours. They come here to experience the wilderness and nature and they want to give something back and feel good about the experience they have. Supporting the carbon offset scheme for koalas is a great way of doing just that.