How Far Can We Get Without Flying?

How Far Can We Get Without Flying?

“Given the high climate impact, why is it that so many environmentalists still choose to fly so much?,” writes climate Scientists Peter Kalmus for Yes Magazine. “I know climate activists who fly a hundred thousand miles per year. I know scientists who fly about as much but ‘just don’t think about it.’ I even have a friend who blogged on the importance of bringing reusable water bottles on flights in order to pre-empt the miniature disposable bottles of water the attendants hand out. Although she saved around 0.04 kilograms of CO2 by refusing the disposable bottle, her flight to Asia emitted more than 4,000 kilograms, equivalent to some 100,000 bottles. I suspect that most people simply don’t know the huge impact of their flying—but I also suspect that many of us are addicted to it. We’ve come to see flying as an inalienable right, a benefit of 21st-century living that we take for granted.”

Read the full article: How Far Can We Get Without Flying? by Peter Kalmus — YES! Magazine

Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith is the editor and co-founder of Travindy. He is a writer and communications consultant working for a more responsible and sustainable tourism industry. He is the author of two books, writes a fortnightly blog on responsible tourism for World Travel Market, and provides consultancy to a wide range of companies and organisations, ranging from National Parks to individual hotels and tour operators.

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