At Ticket Tailor we are committed to Growing better, not just bigger and in that spirit we have decided to donate 1 pence (1.32c) per ticket sold to charity. This year our clients have sold 6.6M tickets through our platform, and so our total donation pot comes to £66,000 ($87,000 USD with today’s exchange rate). This represents over 5% of our estimated profit for the year.
Why climate causes?
There are so many worthy things we could put our money towards, and we love that we can support such a wide range of charities with fundraising through Ticket Tailor. For our donations, we chose climate because it is the most pressing issue of our time and as a global business, it’s something that affects the entire world.
We don’t pretend to be climate experts, but we do want to be confident that our money is going to good use. With that in mind we set up an internal committee to delve a bit deeper and decided to donate to charities that are primarily about protecting or restoring natural carbon stores.
Here are the three amazing projects that we are putting our money behind this year:
Bog restoration with Cumbria Wildlife Trust
“Our peatlands, our bogs, our marshes, our fens, our swamps, they cover about 3% of the world’s land surface, but they store more than twice the amount of carbon that is held in all of the world’s forests.”
Simon Reeve, The Lakes with Simon Reeve on BBC
Peatlands are a massive store of carbon, but due to a lack of care they are a broken wasteland leaking carbon, that has been locked away for thousands of years, back into our warming atmosphere.
We are donating £22,000 ($29,000 USD) to Cumbria Wildlife Trust who will be putting the money towards protecting and enhancing the habitat at a group of nature reserves at Witherslack Mosses.
The project involves a raft of restoration tasks such as maintenance to keep the bogs wet, removing species that are growing in the wrong places, planting sphagnum moss to speed up the regeneration of the bog and locking away carbon.
Seagrass regeneration with Ocean Conservation Trust
Similar to bogs and peatlands, seagrass beds are one of the best natural stores of carbon, 35 times more efficient at long term carbon absorption than a rainforest. Seagrass is in the top three of the world’s most valuable habitats.
As well as this, they are fantastically bio-diverse habitats, providing nurseries for fish that we eat, as well as more exotic creatures, like seahorses. Seagrass also protects against natural coastal erosion.
The Ocean Conservation Trust works to restore and regenerate habitats that have been damaged by human activity. As well as regrowth, they raise awareness, and engage local fishing and boating communities, so that all those who use the Ocean can do so whilst also protecting seagrass beds.
We are donating £22,000 to help the Ocean Conservation Trust regenerate seagrass on the Southwest coast of England.
Supporting indigenous communities with Rainforest Foundation UK
Rainforests play a vital role in the planet’s water and carbon cycles and in regulating climate. Yet today, rainforest destruction releases more CO2 than all the world’s cars, planes and ships put together.
Instead of purchasing land or conserving forests purely for their biodiversity value, RFUK promotes the establishment of community rights over rainforest lands, tackling the root of the problems related to deforestation and paving the way for local people to benefit fairly from the use and protection of forest resources.
We are donating £22,000 to provide local communities with resources, technology and legal support in protecting their forests.