Willie Creek Pearls is committed to making a long-term positive impact on climate change. The Willie Creek Pearl Farm is accredited under the Eco Certification Program, which imposes requirements on the business to act on certain environmental factors that could reduce our carbon footprint.
The ECO Certification program is designed to “assure travellers that certified products are backed by a strong, well managed commitment to sustainable practices and provides high quality nature-based tourism experiences.”
The Pearl Farm in Broome is quite unique in that the pearling operation has no negative impact on the natural environment. In addition, pearling in Broome is a very efficient industry with no wastage of any by-products. Whilst the main product, being the pearl, is used for jewellery items, the by-products such as the pearl meat are enjoyed in the world’s finest restaurants and the pearl shell is used to make beautiful mother of pearl hair clips, watch faces, ornaments and the like.
The Pearl Farm buildings themselves are built tropical style, which not only blends in with the picturesque surroundings, but also takes advantage of the natural breezes and passive solar design elements. The Pearl Farm has a commitment to environmental protection to protect the local fauna and flora by adopting a planting program which includes emphasis on the planting of native fig trees for shade.
The Earth’s climate is changing, largely due to the increases in human produced carbon pollution. Over the past 200 years, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased by 30 per cent. These climate changes we have seen over the 20th century include; increases in global average air and ocean temperature, widespread melting of snow and ice and rising global sea levels. The additional heat in the climate system also affects atmospheric and ocean circulation, which influences rainfall and wind patterns. The gradual increase in temperature has major implications for ecosystems, growing seasons, animals and their delicate habitats.
Temperatures in the Kimberley will increase as the rest of the world warms and rainfall patterns in the region will change due to global warming. As temperatures rise, the oceans will warm and glaciers and ice caps will melt, contributing to sea-level rise of between 9 and 88 cm.
What does Willie Creek Pearls do to help climate change ?
Willie Creek Pearls understands the effect that climate change may have on the Kimberley Region so wherever possible we try and reduce our carbon emissions. This has been achieved in a number of ways:
- We use fuel additives such as Adblue to reduce emissions.
- We have efficient schedules of buses to minimise emissions.
- We have a biolytic septic system in place to reduce waste.
- We have a desalination plant which allows us to use salt water instead of the fresh water reserves.
- We recycle our waste.
- We recycle our green waste by producing mulch for the farm and surrounding grounds, which reduces the need for water and fertilisers.
- We use energy efficient lighting in our showrooms.
How you can help reduce emissions while on holiday.
There are some steps that we all can take whilst on holidays to reduce our environmental impact and offset our holiday emissions. Here are a few suggestions below:
- Make use of public transport, bicycles or walk to get around on the ground rather than renting a car.
- If you need to rent a car, try to share the ride with fellow travellers to reduce your individual impacts and remember to drive efficiently.
- Switch off unnecessary lights at your accommodation at any opportunity.
- Open a window to create a draught if you are hot rather than using the air conditioning.
- If you can walk to the shops as opposed to driving, do so. And don’t leave the motor running for extended periods when not moving.
- Don’t over use your air conditioning while driving, the air conditioner reduces your fuel economy and is not necessary to have running all of the time.
You can also offset your travel emissions used when flying to and from your holiday destination. There are many programs around the world that can help you by calculating your emissions used and you pay to offset the carbon dioxide for your flight or car travel. The money you pay then goes towards renewable energy, like wind or solar power, or energy efficiency projects. Simply search online for a program that suits you.