Simon is driven by the notion that the local people of Tanzania should develop sustainable, locally owned and operated businesses that promote this beautiful country while being responsible for its well-being. Providing people with economic opportunity in tourism organizations that rely on the beauty and biodiversity of the land is the best way to protect that land for future generations. SENE aspires to achieve this in the following ways:
- SENE is a member of Leave No Trace, the Colorado-based environmental ethics organization. We strictly observe all its principles while on the mountain and on all our eco-adventures, including such practices as using portable toilets with the eco-friendly biodegradable Cleanwaste® disposal system, and using reusable containers for food storage and hand-made canvas trash bags at camp. Simon is spearheading an effort to have the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority require adherence to LNT principles of all companies climbing the mountain.
- In an effort to reduce the environmental impact on the most heavily-used Kilimanjaro climb routes, SENE encourages our clients to follow less busy routes to lessen the amount of foot-traffic and destruction. We also promote alternative sustainable adventures, such as multi-day walks, runs, and bike rides on the quiet trails encircling the mountain outside the national park. These adventures, in areas where tourists rarely go, also provide a culturally immersive experience with authentic cross-cultural interactions.
- As a result of Simon’s tireless education, SENE guides and porters are widely known for picking up other companies’ trash while on the mountain.
- On the Kilimanjaro Stage Run all participants are involved in a tree-planting initiative in a local village en route.
- SENE’s Mbahe Village cottages are made with all local material and use local products in all the rooms. The accommodations were built with minimal environmental destruction, are set amongst the coffee and vegetable plots of the Mtuy family farm, and use footpath access only. All food served at Mbahe comes from the organic garden on the property or are purchased locally.
- The organic farm and garden plots, and the beehives that Simon maintains in Mbahe, offer models of sustainable farming techniques. Simon proselytizes this message of sustainable practices among the crew at Mbahe and throughout the community.
- We use only filtered and boiled water at Mbahe and on the mountain, avoiding the need for disposable water bottles and their excessive waste.