Green Planet Ventures, is a social enterprise that works in the interface of environment conservation and sustainable development. We provide internships, work experience, volunteering and research opportunities in the field of tropical forest conservation and sustainable development. If you are looking to boost your conservation and international development career you came to the right place.
Mission & Goals
Our mission is to enhance youth education on sustainable development and global citizenship, at the same time of supporting sustainable development and helping conserve tropical forests as an essential ecosystem to preserve life on planet earth and regulate climate.
Tropical forests are believed to hold over 50%of the terrestrial biodiversity of the planet. They are located in developing countries that lack the resources to meet essential human needs, let alone environmental research. That is why Green Planet Ventures works with forest research institutes and protected areas that are in need of a workforce to undertake their research.
By placing our volunteers to gain work experience or spend a working holiday in these centers we achieve win-win cooperation. For we help these institutions carry out their research, at the same time of providing our volunteers with an opportunity to apply and develop their skills and make a meaningful contribution to the protection of tropical forests.
Tropical forests are the most important terrestrial ecosystems to support life on the planet. Well above 50% of the terrestrial biodiversity is hosted by tropical forests. Additionally, they are part of the problem and the solution to climate change.
Big Problem: We lose every year 7 million hectares of tropical forests, equivalent to 18 football pitches of forests per minute, contributing to more than 20% of global carbon emissions.
Small solution: Growing forests (trees) absorb carbon, hence help reduce the amount emitted by industrial process and help regulate temperature and humidity.
That is why stopping deforestation and restoring, replanting forests need to go hand in hand to help tackle climate change.
Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development
Tropical forests occur in developing countries: biodiversity rich but economically poor countries. Paradoxically, even though they have contributed the least amount of green-house gases to the atmosphere, they will feel the impacts of climate change more strongly and lack the resources to adapt. As global citizens we feel a moral obligation to support these countries endeavours to protect their natural environment. For this reason, we support communities and organisations’ environmental and sustainable development projects. We help them adapt to climate change and improve their livelihoods helping meet the sustainable development goals
Social Entrepreneurship and Global Citizenship
We do not take for granted the situation of the communities we visit. The money paid for our programmes goes directly to the communities that provide the services (accommodation, food and transport). Our presence there, as well as helping with their work, contributes to their modest livelihood. We promote respect of the local customs and relate to all, community and staff as equal.
As promoters of respect and positive change, we only get involved in projects that have a positive social impact. The communities we visit are supported, rather than burdened /or taken advantage of, by our participants or project work.
Moral Obligation and Social Responsibility
The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow, humanity so far has failed to put in place adequate solutions to the current environmental and social problems. Inevitably, is going to fall on the generations to come to deal with those.
Many young graduates, struggle to find a job related to their degree, due to lack of work experience. Green Planet Ventures is on a mission to help students and graduate to accelerate their development to be ready for a career that will safeguard our planet for future generations.
The travel industry, has a considerable foot print that goes beyond the carbon emissions for transport. The industry is also responsible for excessive plastic pollution and indiscriminate use of water, to name but a few.
We believe that the times to travel unaware of the impacts of our journeys, are long gone. We promote purposeful travel and aim to leave a long lasting positive contribution to the environment, reflected in the project work and the formation of our participants. In organising our programmes, we strive to reduce/ minimise environmental impact and make sure that the benefits of the trip and our projects, make your journey worth while. Our moto is: