Zero flights for me
- Emissions from flying have the biggest emissions impact. This means reducing / stopping flying for holidays / business travel is one of the most impactful actions you can take. A return flight from London to San Francisco generates around 5.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide per person. This is more than twice the emissions produced by a family car in a year. It’s also about half of the average emissions of someone living in the UK.
- Stopping flying is a tough message to give – and to hear – but think how good this decision will feel! In the UK, most air travel (72%) is for leisure and in most cases, more climate-friendly holidays could be taken closer to home. As the majority of plane trips are made by relatively few people (15% of passengers made 70% of all plane trips) so taking zero flights is normal! Reducing demand means we won’t need bigger airports – saving huge amounts of money and the carbon cost of construction too.
- There are alternatives to air travel in Europe. Check out The Man in Seat 61, an amazingly useful guide to travelling on the continent by train.