As restrictions around international travel are eased, more of us will be taking to the skies for foreign holidays.
More planes will be flying, and the aviation industry will once again be booming.
But what does this mean in the fight against global warming and our efforts to lower carbon emissions?
The BBC looked at this subject in 2020 reporting that “Around 2.4% of global CO2 emissions come from aviation. Together with other gases and the water vapour trails produced by aircraft, the industry is responsible for around 5% of global warming”. You can visit the BBC website and read the full report.
Switching from air to another form of transport my seem daunting, especially if you regularly travel for work.
But with a bit of planning and research, it’s likely there are much more cost effective and greener ways to travel, for example by train. It can also be more pleasant as it doesn’t include long waits at an airport or time spent in a pressurised cabin.
Like with every aspect of travel, we can all be guilty of taking the easy option. But by looking at our travel habits and where and how we commute on a daily basis, we could make some relatively easy changes that will bring real benefits to our finances, our health and fitness and the environment in which we live and work.