Environmental Concern & Partnerships
Deforestation, loss of biodiversity and climate change are just a few of the serious environmental concerns facing the world today.
Despite the lack of major progress on these global issues, public awareness is growing, corporations are beginning to support environmentally responsible business practices, and many countries have made significant progress in some areas, such as in reducing air pollution. Change is possible, but we must all contribute in our own way.
As a tour operator we make a commitment to promote and contribute to organisations dedicated to addressing environmental issues. By helping to conserve biological diversity, protect threatened rainforest, or working to improve the quality of life of the people whose communities we visit, we help ensure the permanence of the people and places that are the focus of our tours.
So how do we make a difference? What role do we play in helping the environment? We support the ethos which builds awareness, appreciation and respect for our natural and cultural heritage. We are dedicated to promoting and inspiring responsible outdoor travel and recreation through education, research and partnerships. We are dedicated to promoting attitudinal change and the empowerment of individuals, companies and communities to accept responsibility for the conservation of their natural environment.
We follow the 7 Principles of "Leave no Trace":
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave What You Find
- Minimise Campfire Impacts
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Your Hosts and Other Visitors
Down Under Discoveries is committed to promoting & contributing to organisations close to our heart.
The organisations we chose were chosen based on their dedication to educate & raise awareness of environmental issues as well as their dedication towards working to improve the quality of life of the people whose communities we visit.
We have two organisations that we contribute too. $1 from every passenger booked on any of our Experiences (except Wyld Womyn) will be donated to each of these organisations.
Check them out below.
Nutrition Plus is an Australian wide Charity whose purpose is to improve the health of Indigenous children through education & improved nutrition. Are you aware of the 17 year gap in expected lifespan between Australian Indigenous & Non-Indigenous people? The Federal Government, Government agencies & other organisations are working in a number of areas to reduce That gap but more needs to be done.
Nutrition Plus is a Non-Profit Organisation with full charity status dedicated to improving the health of Australian Indigenous Children. This is achieved through providing funding and assistance to:
-build school gardens and educate kids on growing, harvesting and using their produce
-provide education on good nutrition and fitness
-supplementation with Juice Plus+, the world's most researched nutriceutical
-raising awareness about bush tucker and the myriad of foods the bountiful Aussie bush has on offer
They are very passionate about working with remote communities to improve the health and education prospects for Indigenous kids & we are honored to be able to help them achieve this.
Click here for more information on Nutrition Plus.
Black cockatoo preservation society is a not-for-profit, independent conservation organisation working to conserve black cockatoos by rehabilitating injured birds for release back into the wild, revegetating areas of degraded bushland and educating the community.
The society was incorporated in 2006 & they now run the Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre. They rescue wild black cockatoos in distress and rehabilitate them in their aviaries on site in the Perth Hills. After their treatment, many birds are able to be released back into the wild. Other birds which are permanently disabled join a walking wounded birds or the breed-for-release program.
Kaarakin is essentially a volunteer-operated organisation, with more than 100 regular volunteers and just two staff members, one of whom is part time. More than one hundred black cockatoos from each of the three species are currently at Kaarakin. Some are awaiting release, some are wild walking wounded birds that can never be released, and some are friendly that have been imprinted on humans and can never be released. These resident birds get toys and enrichment to keep their minds active and healthy. Galahs, emus, a black swan, around 70 wallabies, grey and red kangaroos & dingoes also reside at Kaarakin.
We are proud to contribute to the care of black cockatoos at Kaarakin, as well as the regeneration of land and environments that have been lost to them due to human contact.
Click here for more information on Kaarakin.
Women's Health & Family Services
Down Under Discoveries has another organisation we hold close to our heart.
Our tagline is 'Connecting to Country'. All of our experiences are created with a vision of encouraging people to "get outdoors", to use nature as a natural healer. More & more doctors are writing “nature prescriptions” or recommending “ecotherapy” to reduce anxiety, improve stress levels, and to curb depression. Humans crave a connection with nature but with a rapidly deteriorating environment, shortage of open spaces, fear of “stranger-danger” during outdoor playtime, and an emerging culture of technology-obsessed youth, our life is punctuated by nature deprivation and a disconnect with the world around us.
Good mental health is essential to the overall health of both men and women, but women experience some mental health conditions at higher rates than men and not all women are in a financial position to be able to obtain assistance from the support programs and organisations that are able to help them. I have been fortunate enough in my life to have had the means to get the assistance I needed when going through my own personal struggles & the help I received really helped me overcome some huge hurdles. Being able to give back now & help others overcome lifes struggles is something I am deeply passionate about.
We are dedicated to raising funds for women's mental health and we have chosen the Women's Health & Family Service. All donations made go towards improving the mental health of women who are clients of Womens Health & Family Services. Every dollar raised makes a difference when it comes to helping mums and families struggling with mental health issues.”
$5 from every booking on any of our Wyld Womyn Experiences will be donated to the Women's Health & Family Services.
Womens Health & Family Services is a Not For Profit organisation operated by a team of all female staff. We specialize in women's health and family issues and our services include medical, counselling, drug and alcohol support, domestic violence, mental health, nutrition and other health services for women, their children and their families.
WHFS is open to all West Australian women including Aboriginal, migrant and refugee women, and their families.
Click here for more information on Women's Health & Family Services.