March 2014 – Mail & Guardian (M&G), South Africa’s leading weekly political and investigative newspaper, has selected Wilderness Safaris’ Sustainability Manager, Brett Wallington, as a Climate Change Leader for 2014.
Published as a supplement at the beginning of March, the objective of this new flagship publication is to recognise South Africans from across the spectrum of society who are making a difference in the field of climate change, whether in an official or private capacity. M&G believes that the example set by those individuals selected will stimulate awareness around the need for everyone to work together to ensure that we minimise the effects of climate change, both locally and further afield.
“I am very honoured to be nominated as one of M&G’s Climate Change Leaders for 2014. It is through the visionary dedication of Wilderness Safaris to sustainable ecotourism that I am a part of this game-changing group of concerned citizens who are playing their part in trying to bring a new consciousness to the way we, as humans, depend on the world’s depleting natural resources,” says Brett Wallington.
Brett joined Wilderness Safaris in 2011 armed with a BSc Honours in Ecology, Environment and Conservation Sciences and a background as a safari guide. He is passionate about the remaining conservation areas in Africa. Through Wilderness Safaris, Brett has been able to carve out an important niche in ensuring high-end tourism can have a positive impact on biodiversity and that any negative impacts arising from building and operating camps, and using vehicles and planes, are negligible compared to the beneficial impacts of the industry when operated responsibly.
“This acknowledgement of Wilderness Safaris’ efforts is incredibly rewarding and testament to the degree to which sustainability is woven into the daily fabric and philosophy of our business,” Brett added. “One of our greatest achievements regarding climate change to date has been the reduction of carbon emissions from seven of our camps in Botswana; we have achieved this by moving from using diesel power generators to 100% solar power. We plan on retrofitting all our camps with renewable energy and currently have plans for the installation of Botswana’s biggest photovoltaic project at Vumbura Plains Camp in the Okavango Delta. In the meantime, new camps, such as Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp in Namibia, are being built with solar power.”
The complete list of Mail & Guardian Climate Change Leaders 2014 can be found here.