Whale Watching for the Planet

“The natural world has massive demands placed upon it every day,” says Brett Soberg, co-owner of Eagle Wing Tours. “We believe that being a responsible steward means being active, positive contributors to the ecosystem we love and are able to make our living from.”

Photo courtesy www.eaglewingtours.com
Photo courtesy www.eaglewingtours.com

Soberg and his business partner, Don Stewart, started the whale watching company in 2005 spurred by a shared respect for the marine environment. They believe that by educating the public about whales and the wonders of the Salish Sea, they can thus inspire more environmentally-responsible choices in everyday lives. The company also goes to great lengths to minimize the environmental impact of every aspect of its operations.

Eagle Wing is Canada’s first and only carbon-neutral whale watching company, offsetting all corporate greenhouse gas emissions. Their clean Volvo diesel engines meet the strictest international standards and provide the lowest emission rating of any whale watching company in Victoria. The unique scarab and catamaran design of their three vessels incorporates the latest marine technology to reduce engine noise, minimizing underwater sound, wake and shoreline erosion.

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Eagle Wing is also the first Canadian whale-watching company to join 1% For the Planet.

“By signing on to 1%, it shows they’re really walking the walk in their sustainability efforts,” says Terry Kellogg, 1% CEO. “They’re using generosity as a tool with which to build their business and enabling valuable environmental work along the way. Eagle Wing Tours is an especially important addition to 1% for the Planet because they are uniquely positioned to engage their customers in the conservation movement by introducing them to the beauty of the Salish Sea.”

Photo courtesy www.eaglewingtours.com
Photo courtesy www.eaglewingtours.com

Eagle Wing joins the Victoria Foundation in its 1% for the Planet commitment. “We welcome Eagle Wing to the group of Victoria businesses that have formally recognized their responsibility to and dependence on a healthy environment,” says Sandra Richardson, CEO of the Victoria Foundation. “Eagle Wing’s commitment to creating a high standard for their sector is inspiring. We look forward to working with them and our other 1% partners to show that taking environmental responsibility is good for business, as well as good for our community.”

Photo courtesy www.eaglewingtours.com
Photo courtesy www.eaglewingtours.com

Eagle Wing directs its donations to orca research and education, wild Pacific salmon enhancement, marine habitat restoration, youth education programs, shoreline cleanup, land and forest conservation, renewable technologies, and other efforts. More info here.

Eagle Wing Tours is a 1% For the Planet member.

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