Reducing the pollution in the atmosphere is a worldwide challenge. Changing the way we behave will inevitably be the key to ensuring our children have the same quality of life that we are so fortunate to have.

At Captain Cook Cruises we have committed to a tree planting program and now we want to provide our customers with the opportunity to contribute.

Our initial commitment, implemented on 1st May 2010, is to contribute towards carbon offsetting our brochure production and printing costs. The initial investment will see the planting of 1000 trees in regional Western Australia. This will be followed up with an annual contribution to offset our paper printing and general office costs.

As part of our further commitment to the environment, Captain Cook Cruises has partnered with leading Australian carbon offset provider, Carbon Conscious Limited to offer our customers the opportunity to make their journey with us, 'carbon conscious'.

Initially aimed at our private group corporate and charter guests, clients will be given the opportunity to 'lighten the carbon footprint' of their cruise by contributing to our tree planting program as a add on cost to their cruise.

On participation our corporate and charter clients will receive a certificate highlighting their contribution to the program. It is our intention to plant the Captain Cook Cruises Forest. Customers can see the progress of the forest by viewing the tree counter located on our website. In the future the opportunity to 'lighten the carbon footprint' will be offered to all customers on our public cruises for a small voluntary contribution, although the long term aim would be to have this contribution built into to ticket prices.

Carbon Conscious is an Australian company producing carbon credits through 'carbon farming' - the planting of Mallee Eucalypt trees in Australia's wheatbelt region.

Trees planted to offset some of the most emission intensive elements of the cruise process will be established in a permanent manner, will store carbon over a 30 year period and will be maintained by Carbon Conscious Ltd through their Carbon Capture Program™.

The trees will be planted on less productive agricultural land, are native to Australia and will help reduce salinity and wind erosion on farms whilst contributing to the fight against climate change.