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1. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y

Has anybody on this forum made a conscious decision to do less air travel because of the environmental impact?

2. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y


how can you imagine travelling from London to Bangkok without using airplane?

3. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

As soon as someone figures out how to 'beam' me across the globe, I promise I will quit using air travel! ;)

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y

I don't mean not travel around the world at all otherwise why would I post here?...

However, unless we stop burning as much fossil fuel then a lot of the amazing stuff I've seen whilst travelling just won't be there for my kids to see when they're my age. The rise in sea levels from global warming will sink a lot of the islands (particularly in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean), and a rise in the acidity of the sea will bleach the coral, goodbye barrier reef! I'm not being alarmist or making this up, there's plenty of solid evidence you can look at (as I'm sure you're aware).

Air travel is a major factor, jet engines burn heaps of fuel. I mean doing things like:

- using scheduled trains and buses to get across Europe & SE asia rather than budget airlines.
- pledging to not take more than 1 return long-haul flight a year.
or maybe:
- contributing to a tree planting scheme every time you fly.

Just a thought.

5. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

or arranging the world in a such way that jumbo jets do not fly just with a crew and a few passengers on board

6. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

Just a thought, but wouldn't it use up more fuel and therefore harm the environment more if everyone started using buses to get around everywhere?
You can only fit so many people into one bus and you have to take many buses if your going a great distance.. Isn't it better to cram a lot of people into one aircraft and just use one big bulk of fuel?

7. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y

Buses are more efficient per person per mile than aircraft, as are trains (by a long way)

as massageuk says, buses and trains and planes could be organised to run more efficiently by carrying the max no. of passengers.

and governments/corporations etc could always do more to improve the situation.

But... what I am saying is (hypocritically as it happens) what ought people to be doing to take responsibility for the environmental damage they cause by travelling, by air particularly.

8. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Not me. If I'm going to Europe I'd prefer to be there in 8 hours instead of a week on a ship.

However, for shorter domestic trips I prefer to go by land when some others may prefer flying. Has nothing to do with the environment though, I just don't think it's worth the hassel of checking in at airport, etc.. Plus I prefer to see stuff on the way.

Personally, I think the airplane is a pretty good invention. Without it my travel log would be much, much shorter.

9. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

But... what I am saying is (hypocritically as it happens) what ought people to be doing to take responsibility for the environmental damage they cause by travelling, by air particularly.

Magy, I got your words...and thanks for provoking this kind of topic here tho many of us aware of this but we just hide it somewhere else because we 'love' travelling and convenience comes first in this case before we realise that this kind issue should be an 'alert' to all of us.

Similar to Kyoto Treaty, some developed countries are not willing to sign the treaty as they think Kyoto is unnecessary - they know the industrialization in their country contributed a lot to the global warmth and many environmental issues but benefits and conveniences would come first before they sign this; if they do, they can't bear the loss and the uncertainty.

Magy, that's human being where you and I and many of us can't help with it.

Hope that would pacify your 'paradox'...