April 21, 2008 - Planeterra, the non-profit organization founded by G Adventures to give back to the communities its tours visit, will turn its focus from green to blue. In conjunction with Earth Day 2008, Planeterra has begun carrying out a number of projects designed to help alleviate the devastating effects of the shortage of clean drinking water worldwide, and will continue to do so for the rest of April.
This is the second year that Planeterra has conducted a world-wide cleanup in conjunction with Earth Day. The 2008 campaign will include installing water tanks in a remote village in Kenya, drilling a well in the eastern highlands of Guatemala, and providing water tanks to the Annapurna region of Nepal, 300km deep in the Himalayas.
“More than 1.1 billion people don’t have access to clean drinking water,” said Bruce Poon Tip, founder of both G Adventures and Planeterra. “These projects will not only save lives in these regions, but will also change those lives in a fundamental way.”
G Adventures will also host Earth Day events all around the world. A large scale beach cleanup will take place in Panama. Volunteers will also conduct a community cleanup in Peru as well as in the Pantanal in Brazil, a wetland area known for its variety of wildlife. There will also be cleanups along the waterfront in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Nha Trang Beach, Vietnam, and the Mekong Vientiane, Laos. Additionally, in northern Namibia, volunteers worked with the municipality of Swakopmund to clean up a large portion of Swakopmund Beach.
G Adventures’ head office will be taking part in its second annual community clean-up in Toronto on Tuesday, April 22. There will also be an event held at G Adventures’ New York concept store on Earth Day to highlight the company's volunteer tours.
There is an easy way for those interested to get involved with Planeterra. G Adventures is offering a lucky traveller the chance to go on a volunteer tour to Costa Rica where they will help endangered sea turtles by participating in activities including night patrols along the beach, data collection, beach clean-up and area maintenance, monitoring of the baby turtle hatchery, counting baby turtles and releasing them. Anyone interested can enter at http://www.gadventures.com/contests/blue-contest.php, and G Adventures will donate $1 to Planeterra’s clean water programmes for every entry received.
To find out more about how you can get involved in these upcoming projects, please visit www.gadventures.com/blue.