I’m going to open this can of worms because I’m *personally wrestling with this. I have a long-haul plane flight coming up and I’m telling you, I have so much guilt about it.
We all know that plane travel is bad for the environment. I don’t think that’s disputable.
How do we balance the need to clean up our collective act, so to speak, and the need/desire to get to far-away places? Can we discuss this? There are certainly jetsetters and corporations that are much bigger culprits at excessive flying than others, but I’m not looking for finger pointing. Those issues are worth addressing, of course, but I’m more interested here in talking about how we - as individuals - can get to a place where we can find a balance. If we make the conscious decision to get on a plane, how can we step away from the guilt and *enjoy the time away?
I know there are some people who have completely pulled cord on any kind of air travel and kudos to them. Living on an island, I don’t know if that will ever be realistic for me personally, but it’s something I’m hugely aware of.
Here are some teeth-gnashing thoughts:
I’m combining work/pleasure. If I’m going to get on a flight for a conference and other work related stops, it makes sense to get the most out of that flight.
We’re making it a longer trip than usual, again, getting the most out of that flight.
We’ll be using public transportation on the ground and avoid renting a car unless there’s no other way to get around.
I *always carry a water bottle and say no to the plastic cups on a flight or on the ground, we’re super conscious of our choices on the ground as far as waste/local food issues, and I plan to “carbon offset” this flight.
Discuss, please, kindly?