After reading fellow Vancouver Observer writer Barry Saxifrage’s article, I argued with myself for quite a while.
Upon reading “Is jet-setting compatible with a safe climate?“, you’ll probably go through something similar. If you end up dismissing the piece, is it because you think Barry is wrong, or because you think he’s right?
Jet travel gave me a burden of complicity in our climate crisis that I didn’t enjoy. Below I present the charts and facts that led me to take action. Hopefully these will enable you to decide for yourself how big a problem it is and what should be done about it.
I would also argue that the price of fuel gives airline industry a tremendous incentive to change, whether or not it realizes such a thing. Imagine how much the industry could reduce emissions by using hybrid engines to taxi (or use hybrid vehicles to tow them). I remember hearing Richard Branson discuss hybrid jet engines somewhere, but there’s been no real movement.
The concept of slow- and ultra-local travel is a separate idea from the bulk of the article, but is worth exploring on its own. How many of us have been to distant shores, but not 200 miles up the coast?