Stories

What makes people decide to take a flight free year? What is it like to be flight free? Here you can read stories of people who have signed up for the Flight Free 2021 campaign.

Do you want to share your story? By showing that you are prepared to take a flight free year, more people will follow. We would like to publish stories from people from all over the world to include as many perspectives as possible. Read our guidelines for stories here.

Inés, France
Inés, France
I have always felt concerned about our planet, but this turned into crippling eco-anxiety and an overwhelming feeling of inconsistency and helplessness in the last few years. Pledging for the ... Read More
Vipul, UK
Vipul, UK
When I realised just how fragile a state our world is in, I tried lots of things to reduce my impact, and the easiest, and best, decision I made was ... Read More
Bilal, Morocco
Bilal, Morocco
I am Bilal from Morocco. For me, not flying is not a big step. I have never been on a plane before so I will not be flying this year, ... Read More
Flip, Belgium
Flip, Belgium
As a young boy I was privileged to see a lot of our beautiful world. The Philippines, Indonesia, Japan and Malaysia, and also Russia, the Middle East and the US ... Read More
Charlie, Australia
Charlie, Australia
I took the Flight Free pledge in 2020 after making a commitment not to fly with my band the previous year. I'd read the IPCC 1.5 degree report which, quite ... Read More
Maike, Germany
Maike, Germany
I've never really enjoyed flying because I've always had the feeling that my mind doesn't arrive at a place as quickly as my body. So I was never able to ... Read More
Börje, Norway
Börje, Norway
In 2007 we migrated from Sweden to Norway, after struggling financially when our honeybees died. I had also developed problems with my back. I worked as an agricultural advisor in ... Read More
Anne, Spain
Anne, Spain
I haven’t flown for approximately fifteen years due to an increasingly uncomfortable claustrophobia on flights. This culminated in my actually getting off a flight from Malaga to London when I ... Read More
Livy, UK
Livy, UK
One of my mum’s favourite books is Cider with Rosie. I remember her telling me about a couple from the book who lived their whole lives in one village, perfectly ... Read More
Catarina, Sweden
Catarina, Sweden
I will be flight free 2021 as I have been for many years now (with the exception of a funeral of a family member combined with attending and speaking at ... Read More
Antoine, Caroline and Tristan, France
Antoine, Caroline and Tristan, France
In 2021, we – Caroline, Tristan and Antoine – will be flight-free. For the past year and a half we have been leading a project about how to reduce and ... Read More
Olle, Sweden
Olle, Sweden
I do not fly because I want my children and grandchildren to have a chance to see a white Christmas. Unfortunately, this will not be possible if we humans continue ... Read More
Lara, UK
Lara, UK
Hi, My name is Lara and I am 14 years old. I decided to sign the flight free pledge because I think it is important that we work flying out ... Read More
Sara, Sweden
Sara, Sweden
My name is Sara Johansson and I am 44 years old. I have been flight free since May 2015 and will not fly again until there is a sustainable way ... Read More
Jean-François, Belgium
Jean-François, Belgium
In 2021, I will be flight-free… as I have been for the past 15 years.I will not only be flight-free for my personal travel, but also for the various journeys ... Read More
Martin, Sweden
Martin, Sweden
Last time I took a flight was with work in 2017. We had driven on the autobahn for five hours through road construction and traffic jams just to miss the ... Read More
Sunita, UK
Sunita, UK
I love to travel. I understand the joy and experiences gleaned from travelling far and wide, but knowing the devastating impact of flying on the environment is more than enough ... Read More
Dan, USA
Dan, USA
I calculated my carbon footprint in 2019 and found that 85% of my footprint came from flying. That sealed the deal. October 6, 2019 was the last time I flew ... Read More
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Siân, UK
I am lucky that this is quite an easy one for me. In the 1970s, while train travel was still the default way of travelling in Europe, I read quite ... Read More
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Elisabeth, Greece
I have pledged to stay flight free in 2021 out of respect for the environment. I started living a flight free life in 2019 and although I have missed traveling, ... Read More
Katherine, USA
Katherine, USA
Considering the urgency of the climate crisis and the necessity to halt carbon emissions immediately for the sake of safeguarding biodiversity and our ecosystems, there is no need (or time) ... Read More
Jonas Sonnenschein
Jonas, Slovenia
I pledge to be flight free for as long as the climate needs. Many people say that this is quite radical. For me it was the most pragmatic choice, once ... Read More
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Ida, Sweden
After I graduated I wanted to travel. However, I had just begun to understand the severity of the climate crisis and soon realised that I had to drop the idea ... Read More
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Gope, UK
I’ve always been conscious of climate issues but it wasn't until I saw Flight Free UK on BBC Breakfast in August 2019 that I realised the huge environmental impact of ... Read More