Episode 20. Should Climate-Concerned People Stop Flying?
In this episode of Eaarth Feels, Rose and Christine discuss the effects of ever increasing air travel on our planet. Their wide-ranging conversation touches on air travel statistics, carbon offsets, electric airplanes, biofuels, and their personal experiences.
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
Statistics on air travel:
- During the 12-day travel period around this Thanksgiving holiday, a record-breaking 31.6 million passengers are expected to fly on U.S. airlines—a 3.7 percent increase over 2018.
- More than 3 BILLION pane tickets sold in 2013 ( Drawdown stat)
- Currently there are 20,000 airplanes globally, by 2050 that number is expected to be 50,000
- 2.5% of emissions
- There are over over the North Atlantic every day.
- The International Civil Aviation Organization projects that emissions from air travel will grow between 300 and 700 percent by 2050 compared to 2005 levels.
Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever proposed to Reverse Global Warming, Edited by Paul Hawken
Person of Interest: Greta Thunberg
Carbon offset– a reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases made in order to compensate for emissions made elsewhere. Offsets are measured in tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent.
Articles on Biofuels:
Articles on Statistics of Air Travel:
Articles: Electric trains vs Diesel trains
Video: This all-electric plane could help shape the future of air travel
UNFREEZE YOURSELF ACTION TIP:
Take a close look at your air travel. Reduce unnecessary trips. Commit to carbon offsets for the flights you make. Talk to friends, family and colleagues about reducing their non essential flights. One highly recommended carbon offset program is the Gold Standard.
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