While efficient and clean electric flights are an exciting prospect, we cannot wait for this new technology to shrink aviation’s outsized carbon footprint. Flying remains dependent on fossil fuels, and it is one of the most significant ways that our individual choices contribute to climate change.
People travel for many important reasons — business, family and friends, and sheer wanderlust — so it is understandable that nobody wants to be grounded. Yet, with climate change poised to impact every facet of our lives, it ought to influence our travel plans as much as schedules and budgets do.
We must prioritize the places we fly, get the most out of every trip, and ultimately fly less often.
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