Why flight free?

Foto på pingviner
Although penguins are flight free and don’t contribute to the climate crisis, they are strongly affected by it. This injustice applies to humans as well. Billions of people have emissions lower than one tonne per year, which can be exceeded by a single flight. Photo: Hubert Neufeld / Unsplash.

The climate crisis is often presented as a distant threat – something that will affect polar bears and future generations. But the reality is that it’s happening now. Every year, millions of people are forced to flee their homes, and hundreds of thousands of people die because of the warmer climate. As temperatures rise, there will be a greater risk of food and water shortages, disease, heat waves, fires, floods and ultimately conflicts – which affects us all. 

Instead of talking about how bad the climate is, and how urgent it is to do something about it (even though it’s extremely bad and extremely urgent), we would rather focus on how it’s not yet too late to do something about it. The solution to the climate crisis is simple: to significantly reduce our emissions. But we must start doing it now, and we must all pull together.

For many of us, flying is our single largest source of emissions. A single flight can take up our entire annual individual carbon budget. There is simply no room for air travel if we are to achieve the required emissions reduction. The good news is that there is great potential to quickly reduce emissions if we choose to stay on the ground.

In recent years, more and more people have chosen to give up their flights for climate reasons. We humans are strongly influenced by each other’s behaviour, so as more people choose to stop flying, many more will follow.

Of course, stopping flying is not the only thing we need to do to solve the climate crisis – no single measure is – but it is a necessary part of the solution. 

Here is a TEDx with Maja Rosén about why we need to stay on the ground. You can read the speech here.

TEDx with Maja Rosén

Find out more…

The website Flight Emission Map helps you quickly calculate the emissions from flying between different destinations around the world.

Go to Travel and Climate to compare emissions between different travel modes and learn more about tourism and sustainability. 

Visit The Man in Seat 61 for guidance on overland travel across the world.