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Are You Part of the “Small Minority”?

Frequent flyers form a very small minority of people. But they have a huge impact on others. Want to know how? Read this now.

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Frequent flyers form a very small minority of people. But they have a huge impact on others. Want to know how? Read this now.

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There Aren’t Many Frequent Flyers – Are You One of Them?

 

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All over the world, some people never fly. Some fly a little. And some people fly, well, an awful lot. And in our era of climate change, it’s a sad fact that frequent flyers contribute significantly to carbon emissions, which make climate change worse.

The thing is, the poorest communities all over the world are already suffering the impacts of a warming climate – even though they did very little to create the problem.  While just a few people around the world enjoy a high-carbon lifestyle.

Where Are Most Frequent Flyers?

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Research carried out for the climate campaign group Possible shows that –

  • In the US, just 12% of people take two-thirds (66%) of flights.
  • Canada: 22% of the population takes 73% of flights
  • UK: 15% of the population take 70% of flights
  • The Netherlands: 8% of people take 42% of flights.
  • China: 5% of households take 40% of flights
  • India: 1% of households take 45% of flights.
  • Indonesia: 3% of households take 56% of flights.

What Can Be Done to Discourage Frequent Flyers?

A frequent flyer levy is one option – a tax that increases the more you fly each year. That sounds fair, because it would be a tax that you only pay if you fly a lot.

Greenpeace agrees, but also wants to ban air miles, which reward frequent fliers for flying more frequently.

It’s a good point. People who already fly frequently, gain air miles which let them fly even more – and that’s a real problem for climate change.

Is It Difficult to Implement a Levy or Tax?

frequent flyers should pay an extra levy or taxMany governments have said there would be several drawbacks to a frequent flyer levy, citing

  • Difficult to administer
  • Concerns about data processing and privacy concerns
  • Difficult if travellers have more than one passport
  • Challenging for those who have an essential need to fly.

Well, call me cynical……

If you think about it, why would it be difficult to administer – when the administrative system is already in place? Frequent flyers have their FF cards, and their trips are logged and they get a monthly or yearly statement.  Data processing is already in place.

Privacy concerns – well, travellers seem happy to allow the airlines to keep track of how much they travel, as they’re doing now. And the multiple passport issue is also being dealt with by the airlines and by travellers right now.

I don’t see it being “difficult” at all. That sounds like (another) excuse to me.

So, What Can YOU Do If You Fly?

Well, a lot depends upon WHY you fly.

You might need to fly to see family or friends, or go on a lovely holiday.

You might need to travel on business.

 

 


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Business Travel

business travelThe Covid pandemic showed us that it was perfectly possible to hold business meetings face-to-face using Zoom, Skype etc.

Are they as good as in-person meetings? Not always, but they’re a lot better than we realized.

If you’re considering a business trip, first ask yourself Do I REALLY need to physically go there?

Consider the time taken for the trip. There’s the cost of the trip, plus hotels, meals etc. There’s your time away from the office. There’s the fact that you get stressed and tired (so you get less work done).

You could save a lot of money and time by having a Zoom meeting instead. At least for some meetings.

Personal Travel

It’s always special to spend time with loved ones, and sometimes you have to travel to do that.

The Covid pandemic however has shown us that we can still have fun with friends and family – remotely. Using Zoom, Facetime etc. It saves a lot of time, money and risk. So perhaps you don’t need to travel all the time, just sometimes.

And when you do travel, look at different alternatives. Living on the tiny tropical island of Mauritius, I don’t have a lot of options. It’s in the middle of nowhere, so if I visit family or friends I need to fly, or take a cruise ship, which is more eco-friendly, but takes a long time.

top 10 green tips - trains not planesIn more “normal” parts of the world however, there are more choices. Europe and the UK for example are well served by rail. I love train travel – and if you think it’s slower than flying, it may not be. Factor in the security checks, luggage hassles and waiting time at airports, and you may find train travel is about the same time overall.

And trains are so much more comfortable – you have much more space, you can get up and walk around, and you get to see the scenery!

Also, consider staycations. They have proved their worth during the Covid pandemic. True, they’re not exotic like foreign travel, but often they can be just as enjoyable and create just as many great memories. (You’re also less likely to get sick).

Finally, work out if you can combine trips. If you were considering 2 short breaks, consider combining them, so you only travel once. It will reduce your emissions considerably.

The Bottom Line

What I’m saying is

  • You don’t want to be responsible for vast amounts of carbon emissions by flying unnecessarily.
  • I think a tax on frequent flyers is a good idea, to help to offset the emissions, and perhaps discourage frequent travel.
  • I’m NOT saying don’t travel.
  • But first, consider if there are alternatives
    • Zoom face-to-face
    • Another mode of transport such as rail
    • Travel less often, and combine several trips if possible.

So, when you do travel, enjoy it, bring back great memories, and be secure in the knowledge that you haven’t put hardship on other people by flying unnecessarily.

Do you fly often? Do you know people who do? Do you think a frequent flyer tax is a good idea – or will people pay it anyway and continue to fly everywhere? Let me know in the comments below.

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Warm regards,

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