Two days ago, at the UN Climate Change Summit, Leonardo DiCaprio compelled the United Nations, and the world, to “make history” or “be vilified by it.​”.

In his first speech as UN Messenger of Peace the celebrity environmental activist told dignitaries that “this disaster has gone beyond just what individuals can do, it’s now about our industries and governments around the world taking decisive large scale action”.

Why Leo’s Speech is Important to Us

First and foremost, we love this planet we call home. We love the people, the trees, the coffee, and especially the lakes! But on a deeper level, actively striving to reduce our environmental impact is a long term investment. An investment that we’re making not to “jump on the bandwagon” but as an investment in the future, for our employees, our guests and our town. We are incredibly lucky to have a team here that are environmentally conscious right from the front desk staff, to housekeeps, to management. If we can have even a small impact on our industry, by changing how we operate, it will be a win for everyone.

“We’re looking seriously at what we can do as a hotel that goes beyond just changing our lightbulbs and separating our recycling. We have a long way to go because the Summit Lodge is located in an old building and we’re part of an industry that naturally produces a lot of waste…but we are constantly searching, every day, for new products, suppliers and ways of operating that will reduce our carbon footprint and strain on the local and global environment” – Tony Medd, GM, Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel

We’re in This Together

The Dali Lama wisely said “when you speak you only repeat what you already know, when you listen you may learn something new” and in that spirt we’d really like to hear your thoughts on Leo’s speech. Please leave a comment below and (unlike many other blogs) we’ll actually read them.