- TD Friends of the Environment Foundation offers the chance to win an
eco-friendly vacation -
TORONTO, Sept. 6, 2011 /CNW/ - Whether it's purchasing carbon offset
credits, reusing towels, or booking 'green' hotels, new research
reveals the environment isn't a top priority for the majority of
Canadians when travelling. According to the TD Friends of the
Environment Foundation (TD FEF) Green Travel Poll, 83% of Canadians
have never taken an eco-friendly vacation.
One quarter of Canadians (25%) haven't taken an eco-friendly trip
because it's not a priority. While 9% haven't taken one because it's
too expensive and 20% admit they aren't sure why they haven't taken an
environmentally-friendly vacation. The TD FEF Green Travel Poll defined
an eco-friendly trip as a holiday or travel that strives to sustain,
enhance or have as little impact as possible on the environment, such
as through green transportation, accommodations and eco-tourism.
"While we often think about our impact to the environment at home, our
research shows that the majority of Canadians aren't as concerned about
the environment when they're away," said Mary Desjardins, Executive
Director, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. "There are a number
of easy and inexpensive ways to make travel a little greener, from
using e-tickets to taking public transit while sightseeing."
Another way to make a vacation more environmentally-friendly is to
purchase carbon offset credits. According to the TD FEF Green Travel
Poll this is something that 90% of Canadians have never considered.
Seven out of 10 (69%) haven't because they were not aware of carbon
Although the majority of Canadians aren't taking eco-friendly vacations,
89% say they would consider one. Six-in-ten Canadians (59%) say they
would consider taking an eco-friendly vacation if the price was the
same as a conventional vacation, 39% would consider it if the features
were the same as a conventional vacation and 29% would consider it if
the features were more rustic than a conventional vacation but better
for the environment. Only 11% of Canadians said they would never
consider an eco-friendly vacation.
"It's great to see that an environmentally-friendly vacation is within
the realm of possibility for so many Canadians," says Desjardins.
"We're excited to give one lucky Canadian the opportunity to experience
an 'eco-trip' of a lifetime just for subscribing to TD FEF's free
e-newsletter, Taking Root."
Win a green vacation by taking root with TD Friends of the Environment
Canadians now have a chance at green travel by signing up for Taking Root, TD FEF's bi-monthly e-newsletter that includes environment tips,
features TD FEF's work in communities across the country and
information on how to get involved. Until October 17, 2011, Canadians
who sign-up for Taking Root will be entered to win one of three exciting eco-friendly trips valued
at approximately $12,000 - $15,000:
A ten day Galapagos Islands adventure, which includes two nights camping
on the islands, up close observation of rare and exotic wildlife
species, snorkeling and hiking.
An eight day trip to the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia,
which includes a guided discovery tour of Canadian rainforest and
wildlife including grizzly bears, whales, the white spirit bear, and
Seven days of luxury travel through diverse Canadian landscapes on VIA
Rail, which includes exploration of Toronto, Jasper, Vancouver and
Victoria. This trip also features an Ice Explorer ride on Athabasca
Glacier and a visit to Butchart Gardens.
Carbon credits will also be purchased to offset the carbon emissions
resulting from the selected trip. Signing up for Taking Root is free. For more information and to register for Taking Root, visit www.tdfef.com
About the TD FEF Green Travel Poll:
On August 12, 2011 an online survey was conducted among 1,002 randomly
selected Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum panelists. The margin
of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 3.1%, 19 times out
of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to the
most current education, age, gender and region Census data to ensure a
sample representative of the entire adult population of Canada.
Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.
About TD Friends of the Environment Foundation:
Since 1990, TD FEF has provided more than $54 million in funding to
approximately 20,000 grassroots environment and wildlife projects
across Canada. In 2010, TD FEF provided more than $3.5 million in
support of 970 projects. Thousands of donors give to TD FEF on a
monthly basis and TD Bank Group contributes in excess of $1 million
annually. TD also covers the management costs of running TD FEF, which
guarantees 100 %of every dollar donated goes directly to funding
environment and wildlife projects in the community where the donation
was made. For more information on how to donate and get involved in
your community, visit www.tdfef.com.
SOURCE TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
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