Backcountry Journeys began the year by announcing our commitment towards becoming Carbon Neutral with our business.
What this meant was that Backcountry Journeys would invest dollars into Offset Programs that work to reduce carbon emissions. The amount invested would equal the amount calculated to be released as a result of our business practices, thus making us “carbon neutral.”
After considering ways to do this we decided to take things a step further in what we consider a mandatory direction.
Ultimately we must collectively remove equal amounts of produced carbon each year, meaning that we reach a “net zero.” Basic mathematics. Eliminate what is produced.
Today we announce that Backcountry Journeys will commit not only to be Carbon Neutral but to become Carbon Negative. This means that dollars will be invested by Backcountry Journeys at a rate that is more than our actual calculated carbon impact, thus making our business Carbon Negative. This ambition is great, yet precisely what is needed on a global scale to reach the necessary end, which is the stabilization of our climate.
This will be of no additional cost to you, our guests. We would only like for you to feel good knowing that the carbon impact of your next photo tour with Backcountry Journeys is being offset.
We encourage everyone to continually strive to reduce their carbon footprint in their own lives by making changes that can help the environment. As noted above, solutions to this problem cannot come from the few, it will take the collaboration of all of us to achieve this crucial goal. As such we hope to see our friends and colleagues from across the globe join us in this effort.
Click here to read more about Backcountry Journeys’ effort.
Kenton Krueger grew up and spent the first 33 years of his life in the corn country of Omaha, Nebraska. After studying aviation at the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Aviation Institute, he “conned” his way into the newsroom at the award-winning Omaha World-Herald where for 3+ years he wrote and photographed news articles on a variety of topics such as community events, travel and even mixed martial arts for the sports department. Yet something was missing. While on backpacking trips to Grand Teton and Grand Canyon National Parks in the mid-2000’s he was quick to realize that the wildlands of the western United States stoked a fire in his heart as nothing else could. This realization led to relocation to Flagstaff, Arizona, and he hasn’t looked back. He has spent the past several years guiding backpackers, hikers and photographers into the wild places of the American West such as Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone National Parks as well as in the Grand Staircase Escalante in southern Utah. In addition to backpacking and camping, his adventures include rock climbing, exploring the slot canyons of southern Utah, mountain biking, and bagging 14ers in Colorado’s San Juan Mountain Mountain Range. Kenton is a trail runner, former pilot, newspaper photographer, and writer. Kenton looks forward to utilizing his years of guiding experience, combined with his passion and experience behind the lens to provide memorable and unforgettable experiences at the wild places we will visit together.
Don’t Miss the Next Session of BCJ “Live”
Backyard Bird Photography: Simple Techniques for Wildlife Close to Home
with Russell Graves
Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 at 11 am (Mountain)