Climate change affects us all and we all need to do our part to create better, healthier, more sustainable environments. In an effort to be more conscious of their carbon output, GVI will be accessing all of the bases and projects and implementing systems, big and small, to help reduce the carbon footprint that we create.
GVI supports communities & conservation initiatives all around the world & to do so relies on a network of volunteer bases & offices. GVI sends over 2000 international volunteers to these locations every year. Through the Charitable Trust, GVI aims to reduce the carbon footprint of their volunteer projects by reducing carbon emissions required to run both bases & offices. To do so, GVI will use both renewable technologies & sustainable & environmentally friendly behavior to enable the transition
The solutions involved in the transition are multi-faceted & location dependent. Solutions are designed based on available resources, project goals & community needs. GVI has various existing projects designed to help ensure more sustainable lifestyles for communities & volunteers through initiatives promoting recycling, rainwater collection systems & local agriculture. In 2016 we will focus on upgrading our base in Costa Rica, where we run a scientific research base, to be more carbon friendly.
Our long-term impact will be locally determined. We have a number of success stories already. Here are some of them: Between 2010-12 we built over 150 energy efficient cooking stoves in Latin America reducing wood burning by up to 50%. Created a carbon neutral base in the Seychelles, reducing CO2 emissions by 8000kg/year. Constructed recycling centers in Mexico and Fiji. Added over 1million liters of drinking water to 10 communities in Fiji by installing rainwater harvesting systems.