We understand that CO2 emissions from air travel are a contributory factor (2-3% globally) in global climate change and their impact should be taken very seriously, especially as air travel is on the increase. Here are a few ways in which you can reduce the effect your air travel has on the world's climate.
- Reduce the number of domestic/business flights you make each year or replace them entirely with other forms of public transport
- Where flights are included, take one longer holiday each year rather than several shorter ones.
- Use train or bus journeys instead of internal flights where this is an option during the tour itself.
- Consider carbon offsetting your flight – please read below for our opinion on Carbon Offsets.
- Use public transport for your journey to the airport as this not only reduces carbon emissions but also reduces vehicle congestion in and around airports.
Carbon Offsets: In theory carbon offsetting sounds like a great idea, and can be when done properly. However, we believe it should not be seen as a substitute for personally reducing your carbon emissions, using methods such as those outline in the Energy section below. All too often carbon offsetting is used as an "easy way" to be seen to be fixing the problem by shifting the pressure and responsibility onto developing countries when actually the problem is caused by the rich industrial countries. So if you don't try to reduce your own carbon footprint first, is it ethical to expect the developing countries to take on your burden, whether by forcing good practices on developing countries or securing large areas of land in developing counties for the planting of trees? On could easily say "why not plant them in your own back garden". We therefore strongly believe that carbon offsetting should only be used as a part of a wider carbon friendly lifestyle.
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