Climate Crisis Solution #7: Fly Right
Flying on a jet is a great way to dump a whole lot of global warming gases into the atmosphere. A one-way flight from NY to LA makes each passenger responsible for one ton of CO2 emissions.
If you must fly, how can you reduce your impact?
- Fly direct whenever possible. Landing and taking off consume the most gas during the flight. During a short flight, taking off can account for 25% of the total fuel consumption. Try to limit your flights to distances of 600 miles or more.
- For shorter distances, take the train. Seriously. For shorter trips where the time difference is less pronounced, rail is the only way to go. Spend an extra hour or two and breathe easier.
- Fly during the day; one study showed that nighttime contrails create more warming.
- Fly on a newer, more fuel-efficient plane, such as the Airbus A340 or A380 or a Boeing B787. Customer demand (and the cost of fuel) will bring us more efficient planes!
- Flying for business? Meet online or through videoconference instead.
Visit Native Energy's Travel Calculator to see the difference between different travel options for your next trip.
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