Transportation is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Airplanes, particularly, release a lot of climate-warming carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. We can’t all have access to emissions-free yacht and we just have to fly sometimes. We can make eco-conscious decisions like flying less when possible, buying carbon offsets, and choosing to fly coach rather than business of first-class. However, shouldn’t the companies that profit from these travels be doing their part? They are the ones selling us the tickets and managing the flights, they have a responsibility to tackle their carbon emissions somehow.
Well, a major budget airline in Europe is doing just that. Starting this month, easyJet started offsetting their carbon footprint on all flights! In their announcement, they explained: “Naturally, we believe that flying is a fantastic thing. But we have to balance this with the effect we know it is having on the environment. So for every flight we operate, we’ll offset the carbon it produces from the fuel used, by investing in projects that include the planting of trees or protection against deforestation, production of renewable energies including solar power and wind, and working with local communities on how to reduce emissions in their way of life.”
British Airways will begin doing the same thing in 2020, but not for all flights unfortunately. They will only do so for domestic flights. It’s still a step in the right direction, though. easyJet is also making their change without increasing flight prices. Why should the customers pay more? It’s a great model that other airlines should begin to follow, especially those who bear the most responsibility.
American Airlines is the world’s largest airline. They fly more than 200 million passengers a year in nearly 6,700 flights per day. They’ve expressed hopes that renewable energy will someday decrease the carbon emissions from flights, but they could easily make a change like the ones made by easyJet and British Airways. Sign this petition urging the airline to commit to buying carbon offsets flights.
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