Planes and climate change

aeroplaneHaving a brother who lives in New Zealand, I battle regularly with the impact of flying to visit my sibling. Price and distance means that a visit is unlikely more than every four years, and in the interim we tend to take staycations. Flying by the Good Green Gifts household is a rare event (deliberately may I add). Nonetheless, even as an infrequent flyer, I do fear the consequences of the impact that my family visits will have…

BUT today we learn that the Climate Change Committee is suggesting that we make domestic emission CO2 cuts of 90% in the overall economy by 2050 in order to enable us to continue to fly in the somewhat excessive way that we do…

This seems ridiculous. Surely we simply need to fly less? How can the volume of flying undertaken currently be in any way acceptable if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change?

We need a brave Government who is prepared to think about the future of planet Earth, rather than imanent election or re-election, to make policy that encourages us to do this…

Surely we cannot keep on kidding ourselves that making cuts in emissions in some areas earns us the right to continue to pollute in others?

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