Im of around the world soon by plane on a 6 stop trip and i feel extremely selfish and guilty about the negative global effects i will be contributing to, although these feelings influenced me to cut 5 stops of my ticket from 11 to 6 and decided to do them by land and sea instead which is unforunately more expensive i still fell selfish as most these effects the people in the countries i will be visiting.
How do you feel about flying on a round the world ticket knowing your mass contributing to global warming?
Has Global warming influenced you to take other means of travel or cancel a trip maybe ?
im just interested in how serious people are taking the issue .
Although travelling opens your mind and can help you become a better person with the gainings of wisdom and understanding does this outweigh flying around the the world causing damages ?
I'm ever so glad that you bring up the issue; more people should pay attention to it. I think you're right in feeling ashamed and selfish; you are, and so are all of us.
Countless ways of dealing with this guilt are conceivable; I'll mention a few
- cut down on flying
- . I think it ridiculous that people fly to the other side of the globe (let alone, their own country) for a week of holidays, which until a few years ago they happily spent much closer to home. Environmentally conscious travellers should, imo, adapt their travelling aspirations to the time frame available, or vice versa. You cannot have your cake and eat it, too.
- íf you must fly, try hard to (partially) compensate the amount of carbondioxyde you generate with it. Be sparing in your us of central heating and airco at home, take bus or bike to work instead of car, consider three times before buying your so-manieth electricity slurping gadget; the obvious.
- try to get others to be more conscious in their behaviour
- buy carbondioxyde certificates. The proper name escapes me now, but several organisations offer these.
I can think of a few more, but I really think it all starts with being aware. Spread the word!
Great post - people are for the most part unaware of the detrimental effects of long-haul flying. I try and save up to do 2-3 month trips every couple of years, to minimise the long-haul factor (since Australia is so far from everywhere!)
There's a great site in Aus (not sure of comparable sites in the UK, Europe or US) called http://www.greenfleet.com.au that aloows you to purchase carbon credits to offset travel, car and household emissions. They plant trees with the money and contribute to developing other green strategies for energy creation. I urge anyone flying anywhere to consider purchasing credits.
Also, travelling by train is great - you see more of the countryside, can meet locals and other travellers and lessen the annoying waiting around in airports for hours, post-checking in. Look at http://www.seat61.com for more info!
Happy (green) travelling!
Isn't it just a matter of whether we have used up the worlds fossil fuels in 30 or 50 years? I think it's very much a lost battle. Also if you really cared you wouldn't try to justify flying to yourself by cutting down on other things but stop flying all together while also cutting down on those other things. Of course some people need to fly for business but certainly travelling just for fun is hardly necessary for anybody. Personally I fly as much as I like and don't feel guilty about it.
It's a tough question. I think cutting down on flying is the only real solution. Short haul flights should be minimised of course. Certainly making changes at home is a good idea, but everyone should do that anyway, regardless of whether they fly or not.
At the very least, offsetting your trip is a good thing to do. The various organisations vary widely in what they offer; some plant trees and others invest in renewable energy, sometimes in developing countries. I think generally it is an excellent thing to do, though I recognise it certainly isn't a silver bullet.
We list various non-profit offsetting organisations in our links directory.
Edit: just stumbled on this article on Treehugger that may be of interest. Delves into the pros and cons of carbon offsetting: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/03/carbon_offsets_i.php
[ Edit: Edited on Mar 10, 2007, at 2:24 AM by Peter ]
You could consider offsetting your carbon use by doing other nice environmentally friendly things, like replacing your lightbulbs with energy saving ones, and cycling and/or walking instead of driving.
I probably fly twice a year on average but justify it to myself by being very environmentally friendly the rest of the time!
I have to say though I am considering doing future trips in Europe by train instead of plane because of global warming.