About time. Staycations and regional trips are several ways to lower your travel carbon footprint.
Interestingly the Reducatarian Organization is having a conference in Washington, D.C. this September with attendees flying in from across the planet. The organization promotes eating less meat for health and environmental reasons. Rather hypocatical. It could be done by teleconferencing and/or regional meetings. I consider myself a more basic reducetarian, a person who strives in reducing my carbon footprint in as many ways as I can. The other “reducetarians” need to rename themselves, perhaps reducemeatians if that is all they are concerned about.
Seems the majority if not all environmental and other groups campaigning for reducing our carbon footprint by various means have numerous conferences that require attendees to travel around the globe. Hypocrites. True, conferences are for communicating. Telecommunication is communicating over a distance not traveling a distance. There are many ways of achieving that exchange of information while reducing the carbon footprint. Does that exchange require or dictate that it be done in person? No. If these organizations truly cared about the planet and believed in their own mantras there would be far fewer international conferences and more “connected” regional and local meetings. I think many people are afraid of losing the perk of visiting new and exotic locations using the conference as a selfish excuse.
For that matter why am I, a practiceing hypocrite, wasting green and/or black electricity in writing this piece that few will read or heed and might be stored on one or more servers that require more energy for far too long? Or posting my art or written works? Who really cares? A drop in the wasted power bucket. Unfortunately there are far too many irrelevant drops that add up to a waste of resources. I certainly do not waste time, personal energy and environmental resources on the dreaded and hopefully soon to be passé selfie.
Now is the time for all good citizens to do their part and rethink their carbon footprint and reconsider if any of their online discourse is in reality meaningful.
Flight Shaming ‘FLYGSKAM’. Will It Put You Off Long-Haul Travel?
I wrote this a week or two ago and then thought, nah, I would offend some people. Then I read a news article about KLM promoting less air travel and rethought my self censure. What is more important – what people think of me and my opinions or the future of the planet? This is the KLM message all those who fly need to hear and heed.