Scientists have been warning people about climate change for years. While some still see it as a distant issue or even completely deny its existence, the devastating effects of climate change are already being felt around the world in the form of floods, hurricanes, wildfires, and more.

Alongside animal agriculture, one of the huge contributors to climate change is transportation. Flying alone accounts for 2% of global carbon dioxide emissions and according to the Center for Biological Diversity, the industry would rank 6th among countries for highest emissions. The organization estimates that, without substantial changes, the industry could produce 43 metric gigatons of carbon dioxide by 2050.

With fewer people flying due to the Omicron spike and COVID in general, it would seem there would be fewer planes in the sky. However, this isn’t the case, due to the policy that requires airlines to fly a high percentage of flights to maintain in-demand slots of take-off and landing. Thus, airlines are being forced to fly even if the passenger demand isn’t there and the planes are empty. German airline, Lufthansa, claimed that to maintain their slots, they will have to fly 18,000 “unnecessary” flights during the winter. Activists and airlines are asking the EU to change this policy during COVID as it is wasteful and unnecessary given the circumstances.

Sign this petition to demand that the European Union decrease the percentage of guaranteed flights required for airlines to keep their slots!

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