My hypocrisy angst about flying around the planet to save the planet became chronic
It is embarrassing that it took a Swedish teenager to open my eyes
What I like about flying less is that it is efficient: it saves time and...
My account “up in the air” is empty, and I don’t want to take out...
…the disconnect became too palpable to continue my jet-setting
God will not reward us for how lavishly, or carelessly, we have lived
If I do need to fly, I offset the CO2.
As an environmental psychologist it would lie to myself if I would fly
Luckily for me I hate flying
I say, try it. It’s not so hard.
Flying less is just necessary
I makes me feel a lot better to live my beliefs
I do believe that the action of individuals will have a real impact
Many of my cohorts enjoy accumulating frequent flyer miles
I cannot live my life without mitigating the threat with every choice I make
I propose that Switzerland mobilize funds to finance flight-free travels for voluntary researchers
It will help universities save paper, which will reduce deforestation
Some have been supportive, but most are either disinterested or sceptical
The other five times I will take the train, even if it takes more hours...
Not limiting my flying would be highly hypocritical
I’ve learned to explain this not as an attempt to reduce “my” footprint, but “ours”
People seem to see me as a more authentic climate scientist
It was strange to realise in the plane that it would be the last time
I flew over 5500 miles to present to 3 people
Build our house, chop our wood and make our garden grow
I quit flying years ago and have been suggesting that others fly less ever since
My kids are going to have to clean up this mess
I have said no many times to flying for my environmental advocacy work
I pledge to push for options at conferences to use webinars
You can’t analyse greenhouse gas emissions and then take off!
People fly for silly reasons all the time
If you’re serous about your carbon footprint, you have no choice but to drastically reduce...
I definitely don’t miss airports, uncomfortable planes, and lousy hotels
The more I said “no” to flying, the more I wanted to stop altogether
…it is meaningful to be living out my principles
Now doing voluntary conservation work, as penance for all the overseas conferences
Will buy an EV if anyone ever makes one I can use
Not always easy to fly less, the academic system and administration is often not helping
Universities need to offer better advice to their academics of non flying options
My discomfort of hypocrisy is greater than my career ambitions
Simple living locally is wonderful
How could I not reduce my flights? Frankly, it’s not a hardship.
I am very concerned about the legacy of climate change I’m leaving to the next...
The less we fly the longer we have to live
I haven’t flown since retiring from the NHS in 2008
I’ve committed to abstain from “luxury travel” by air
Long distance bus is a pretty good way to get to conferences
I have flown only 2 return journeys in the past 12 years
Conferences are in flashy places to attract scientists to participate
Eurostar prices are absolutely a problematic issue as per reducing flying
I think Europe should outlaw between-hub flights
We have a culture of rewarding thoughtless over-consumption
The oil world looks logical to the oil people inside their world
I cut my driver’s license into little pieces and sent my car to the wreckers
Need to find a clear set of rules…still looking for it
I am a huge proponent of human-powered transit
Because of my CO2 footprint I have been avoiding flying for 20 years
After 20 years in oil & gas, I am now working to undo the damage
The cost of flying is artificially low
It’s not socially accepted to take an extra travel day when there’s a morning flight
I own a campsite, I go camping on my holidays.
if sustainability researchers don’t reduce their carbon emissions, who else will?
Over the last decade I have made increasing efforts to fly only as a last...
We need to accept this simple truth and get to work
I do not want to be part of this problem anymore, so I stopped flying
Can one’s example shift the culture?
We moved to live close to our 2 sons and grandchildren
Doing responsible and ethical science requires rethinking many of our taken-for-granted practices
Unless we step up and make sacrifices, our advocacy efforts ring hollow
I’ve stayed in the field for extensive periods to reduce the need for multiple trips;...
The time has come to stick to one’s principles
It forced me to face an uncomfortable truth: I shouldn’t be flying
My last flight was on July, 6th, 2019
I am a 2 million miler on American and it shames me
Traveling by train is so much more enjoyable and productive
I drive an EV and charge it daily with solar-produced electricity
I have been reflecting on the future I hope my children will enjoy
The planet does not exist simply for our enjoyment
It will mean missing my favourite conference & friends in 2021
…and almost all have grandchildren. Go figure.
A group of academics analyzed our carbon footprint and found that we were among the...
Incredible opportunities exist for humanity if we seize upon this transformative moment
After my first train journey I was hooked
This made me realize how much other people inspire me who act according to their...
It is time to (re-) establish the links between the science we all contribute to...
It is flattering to be invited to speak abroad
Flying was a huge contradiction in my life
Flying is not cool at this stage of the game
Our scientific carbon footprint is a major issue for climate change
Flying less is part of the global warming solution, and is important
An added benefit of slow travel is that it allows us to embrace slow scholarship
Not flying has strengthened my love of the planet
It’s been a very small price to pay
I’ve declined various opportunities to fly. Sometimes this hurts.
Engineers should be at the forefront of the transition from fossil fuel
I have gained credibility with my students when I teach climate justice
I’d find it disingenuous to fly around the world to tell people about my work
I think sharing experiences about #flyingless is an important step
I used to commute by plane to live with my wife – it was insane
I was impressed by the rail service in the countries I passed through
Each person can make a difference in altering some of our life choices
Some colleagues and friends find this stance exotic and antediluvian
The major challenge in New Zealand is that we are surrounded by ocean
I’ve learned to appreciate where I am, instead of always longing for where I’m not
Three kids… one bleak future
My carbon footprint is not acceptable
My hope is that more people will forgo air plane trips that are not really...
The evidence of accelerating climate change is too obvious to ignore
Against the odds, I hope.
I feel urged to fly as I’m not yet tenured
We need a profound reflection and action on how “global science” is done today
I try to travel intercontinentally only in exceptional cases
…being a researcher in the global South brings extra challenges
I hope to convince people that taking the train is a gain in quality time
I’m starting to be understood by some colleagues
Longest alternative to flying to date: 7 days crossing the Atlantic on a ship
Now I only accept invitations if I can travel by train, or even boat
I decided that I should be living according to the scientific arguments that I accept...
I feel much more at ease with my own conscience now
Most people don’t want to accept the reality that flying is a luxury
Reduced flying has helped me think broadly about my priorities
I hate flying for the fear factor….
I had to cancel my train and book a flight since they refused to assist...
Nicht mehr fliegen um als gutes Beispiel
I haven’t said I’ll never fly again, but aim for less than once every three...
University-funded air travel is the third largest component of our footprint
…an urgent rethink required in the scientific community
This is a bittersweet moment to be a climate scientist
I decided the “party is over”
I can’t understand why career environmentalists don’t make similar commitments
I will make my last flight, booked before I had a climate change awakening about...
I wonder if Virtual Reality could allow us to interact scientifically without the need to...
We don’t fly; we have ebikes, carpool otherwise, & drive alone when no other options
I believe it is a personal, individual responsibility of everyone to limit air travel
I’ve put myself on a “travel diet” to reduce my personal carbon footprint
We can provide a #slowtravel methodology of bringing ourselves back closer to each other and...
We want to host a conference to create an app about changing behaviour to reduce...
We can change the smaller world around us
Hoping to change the culture of the field
I stopped flying 6 years ago
There are pros and cons but the environmental argument trumps them all
Justifying the extra expense to the university is a challenge
I could no longer rationalize the contribution to GHG emissions & demise of our climate
What is the use of all the knowledge if we are not able to save...
I know that any carbon saving through my diet is dwarfed when I fly anywhere
It feels like an old-fashioned “once in a lifetime” trip!
I saw my own carbon budget
Think of the work you could get done locked on a train for 3 days
We have the capacity for a radical paradigm shift in how we choose to live
I had to act. I wanted the world to change. Sound the alarm, drive the...
Ask the question, “do I really need to go there?”
The impacts of climate change suddenly seemed less remote
More than 80% of the world’s population has never taken a single flight
I’m not aware of any way to combine my carbon footprint goal with air travel
“Less is more” should be the new credo
I worry for my post-PhD prospects as I will not have ‘put myself out there’
In short, there is no answer but to fly less
I want to help others to discover how precious our Earth is
The last time I flew I just wanted to puke
I really hate how everybody thinks it’s someone else’s job to prevent climate change
…looking at the pollution caused by another airplane, I thought, what am I doing here?
Climate change threatens the future of many cultural practices around the world
Climate change is the most urgent and important issue of our time
My business trips in Europe are always by train, ferry or buses
Doing something good does not cancel doing something bad
It’s so easy to think that if others are flying, why shouldn’t I?
I am appalled by the quantity of green house gases I generate when I fly!
I want to get the conversation rolling in academia about our flying habits
I have decided to attend fewer conferences, decline invitations to talk, etc.
I haven’t flown since 1983. Don’t miss it at all…
Four years in and no regrets….
I commit myself to first flying less, and to exploring pathways towards carbon-neutral academic life
We are cooking the planet, and I can no longer be complicit
I used to be a scientist, jetting without a thought of the impacts
Legitimation structures need to be understood and made visible
We are trying to raise awareness about how much carbon is being emitted through our...
As academics, we don’t need to fly with Skype and Zoom
Need to combine knowing with doing
My field is sustainable transport solutions – a field where flying is still the norm.
I reduced my flying 90% since August 2017…and it feels great!
Passive hypermobility is noticeably stupifying
It’s important to practice what I preach as best I can
The purpose of the holiday was to repatriate my mother’s ashes
Reading Peter’s book made me realize that this feeling of disconnect from the world of...
I use that time writing my presentation, reading literature
I place blame for the emergency facing our planet in many places.
I feel free now that I have decided to stay on Earth
The hardest part is to see how deeply in denial people are
We need to change how early-career scientists develop their contacts and opportunities
I don’t fly long-haul–that it’s an absolute commitment, not a nice-to-have
Tons of questions I still have to answer!
I realized that transport was about 80% of my carbon footprint
Traveling to conferences by train is surprisingly fun!
We need each other going forward; working toward this is difficult but necessary
…the technology for remote meetings and conferences has really taken off
I am a climate activist since I retired from teaching
Seeking new ways to traverse my world without flying
Young scientists more worthy of choosing to flying on occasion
Flying not only adds CO2 to the atmosphere, but alters the cloud cover
Cutting this out is the biggest thing I can do to reduce my environmental impact
I dislike airports, big trips, luggage, etc., so flying less is a bonus
I have grown increasingly reluctant to travel by air
I’ve realised that climate change is a more important issue than my work
I now try to make my PhD plane-free
Every action may have ethical implications
I feel that explaining to others why I am avoiding flying can help normalize it
I have pushed my department to create a policy to reduce flying
There are plenty of places nearby that are good for vacations
Sometimes there are radical trailblazers that shine a light on a trail
…every time I weighed up in favour of not flying
I am strong enough to travel by train only
Even for our work flying should be left as last resort
I am often shocked at the loc consideration of some of my colleagues for their...
I believe in the combined power of individuals
I also rapidly discovered plenty of advantages of traveling by train
The absurdity of flying to address climate change is difficult to ignore
Neither of us feel any the poorer for it
We must shift the culture from where travel defines a career
I’m a high school student worried about my future
increasingly alarmed at our capacity as a species for cognitive dissonance
I am unwilling to fly when each additional ton of emitted carbon threatens another human...
I flew much less than most but was one of the most productive scientists
As a baby boomer, I do what I can to offset the profligate lifestyles adopted...
I have to work with a travel system entirely catered toward flying
My life is one step closer to matching what I say it ought to be
The responses by many colleagues are often quite encouraging
I love that not flying makes the world seem bigger and more of an adventure...
She was 96 years old and I wanted to see her again before she passed...
Carbon budgets are brutal
We can also do virtual conferences
If airlines considered the climate change costs they would pay this tax
I don’t suffer cognitive dissonance, because I practice what I preach
Perhaps my grandchildren will see the Nature I witnessed as a child
Air travel has accounted for a large portion of my carbon footprint
For too long I have simply accepted the temptation without critical thinking
I only fly for long trips (> 5,000 km) and max once a year
I couldn’t justify my actions (e.g. flying) anymore
The sights on the ground are stunning, and the down-to-earth nature helps my mood
It’s critical to start with myself to credibly advocate for changes for others
I travelled to Colombia on a cargo ship
I was watching my carbon footprint
I agree with remote meeting participation in most cases
I am terrified of flying so it’s easier for me
Flying has become a comfortable excuse to travel, socialise and escape the office environment
We need to understand the urgency
Set a target to reduce your personal ecological footprint from your scientific agenda
Because flying contributes to climate change, it contributes to climate racism and climate sexism
I consider flying one of the major sources of air pollution
I understand the urgent need for radical, selfless sacrifice
Spreading with my body and my bike the message that we need to act boldly
Staying at home is really no sacrifice
I checked the carbon footprint: 4192 kg, only for the flight!
I like the feeling of being more responsible to future generations
Capitalism is waging a war against nature
I’m educated on the crisis and passionately engaged for our three daughters
It is very difficult to not fly from Israel, but I pledge to do so
I was waiting for an initiative like yours
Flying is easy to separate from other lifestyle issues
It’s high time for new, rational, and responsible lifestyles
I have started looking for railway alternatives to flights more often
What if we “travelled” within ourselves to explore how we are part of the climate...
It’s amazing that flying is still so unscrutinized by those concerned about climate change
It’s wonderful to be able to plug in at my destination, often for free!
I can’t continue to pretend that flying doesn’t matter
I work as independent consultant and choose projects that don’t entail flying
I recognize my responsibility as citizen and scientist to reduce my carbon footprint
Deciding not to fly has had a huge impact on me
The hassle, expense, and carbon footprint involved should not be expectations for our advancement as...
Producing more carbon dioxide is the wrong way to go
I woke up after flying to a climate change awareness bike ride
We all have to change our way of life with the utmost urgency
I know that lowering my carbon footprint means saving the ecosystem I treasure and adore
The idea is that we want people to change their behavior voluntarily
I have been deliberately NOT going to annual conferences
I love traveling but it can’t be justified
We cannot continue to fly and advocate tackling climate change
Sometimes change comes too late
I attend congresses only if virtual or if they are within reach by trains
A new technology-assisted virtual culture is needed urgently
I stopped flying in March 2016 due to the climate crisis
I’m worried about the future of our planet
I don’t fly for personal use
So far the benefits seem to be outweighing the disadvantages
flying causes me cognitive dissonance verging almost into nausea
I think my daughter would prefer a living planet than a one-time experience
I decided that it was time I walked the walk on climate change
We live in a finite world, and scientists should be models
Let’s meet online, not at over-priced conferences far away
I accept limitations to my life
Pledged to not fly, and happily removed Easyjet app from phone
I do not take flights within a country at all
University reimbursements often will not cover train or bus travel, especially abroad
I pledge not to fly for personal reasons ever again
I think flying is a particular problem in the disability sector
I feel this is an ethical imperative for a climate scientist: today we must have...
I have benefited from the ability to turn down events that other people feel obligated...
I believe it’s really necessary to reduce these flights to an absolute minimum
I commit to flying less and promoting carbon neutral conferences
If we do this right, within my lifetime no one should be flying
It’s important to also address academic and other retirees about this issue
We are influential, and what we do matters
Upon my return, I became depressed again…for being a hypocrite
Have fought to make large professional organizations in my field more sustainable
Most of my colleagues fly a lot and consider this normal
ANYTHING within my power to decrease my carbon footprint, I will do
Since beginning graduate school I have been consolidating trips back home and academic travel into...
My partner continues with international travel, presenting me with some personal/social challenges
We all need to raise awareness of alternatives to actual travel
The liberation in simply saying ‘I no longer fly’ was quite delightful
I have two beautiful children and cannot countenance the dichotomy…
I have initiated a conversation in my workplace about flying less
“Ah, so you mean you do what you preach?!”
Even people who are well informed about climate change do not change their lifestyle
The train is now my transportation and my muse
“Fly less” is possible in this time of fast internet and videoconferencing
I want to explore and care for my own back yard
I have flown from New Zealand to Europe and the USA at least 50 times
We need better & cheaper trains systems & more expensive flights
Instead I refer colleagues who live closer, or I offer to teleconference in
I still encourage people who do travel by air to buy offsets
…those who fly do not understand the advantages of a slower journey
I endorse the notion of “climate emergency”
Don’t fly as a choice, because of the impact on the environment
I am sticking to my pledge because I love the new lifestyle
Scientists should lead the way toward matching our behaviors to the data we gather
I bring up the subject of trying to fly less at my workplace
I asked colleagues to present my podium papers in conferences or sent video clips instead
I have been talking about climate change for 15 years
Our approach has always been to start by walking the talk ourselves and support others...
I began trying to reduce flying in 2007 by introducing web streaming for conferences
I am happy to find a great excuse not to fly more
We can’t afford to fly as much as we used to
We need to change the very way society operates
…effective advocacy starts when we change our own lives
It became obvious that this was the right decision after the birth of my daughter
We must fly less; I am flying less
I emit about 8 tonnes of CO2 due to science-related travel (conferences and field work)
Accept the seasons where you live
I know that taking steps in my own life helps me hold onto hope
We have the intention of making the world a better place, or at least mitigating...
Now is the time to be vocal about deciding not to fly
I am fed up with feeling I am breaking social rules and fed up with...
How we vote & engage in the community politically is as important as personal choices
Changing jobs slashed my travel by two-thirds
We produced one of the first (almost) carbon neutral films
In 2014 I published “Beyond Flying” with Green Books UK
I’ve cut back my flights by ~300% relative to a few years ago
Any flight now comes with a guilt of consciousness
Inventing flying was an innovation, and inventing non-flying will be as well
Next to adopting a vegan diet, to stop flying is one of the most impactful...
We have to live by the science we make
When work travel is needed, I try to add a few days’ holiday to avoid...
‘Love local’ – reverse the process of far-scattering tribes all over the planet
Flying is “luxury” I can mostly live without
Make conferences digital!
Not flying sends a ‘people up’ message that we want change, not more runways
It’s irresponsible to fly given what we know about its effects on our planet
La société de consommation est devenue un gros enfant roi
Younger colleagues welcome someone who “walks the walk”
The truth is, we do not have any carbon budget left
My conscience won’t let me hurt the earth anymore
I am lobbying my colleagues to fly less
I think carefully about whether or not to attend conferences
I do many virtual classroom lectures instead of flying to institutions
It is time to take the next step: reducing my university footprint
It brought me down to think about CO2 whenever I got on a plane so...
The University of Gent already has a sustainable travel policy, which I think can provide...
I’m staying home, working to make my community strong, preparing for climate refugees
Universities must dare to use force in this war against climate change
I am consumed with guilt about our carbon footprint, yet find it hard to imagine...
I never flew much in the first place but I support this
I prefer to drive cross-country in my Tesla Model 3 AWD when I travel
This website will strengthen my argument to not fly for work or holidays
Since COP24 more sure than ever to carry on
It would help if there was a travel agent specializing in global low-fossil fuel travel
I have been trying to travel by land and sea for twenty years or more
We have a hard time imagining an alternative
I don’t fly unless an event is important and can’t be covered any other way
As I love Nature, I think I need to reduce how much I fly
I’m not willing to put my name on the carbon associated with travel
I savor passing through so many places and landscape
The failure of the scientific community to address global warming is inexcusable
…to be attended by the same people who just heard my talk. WTF?
I only fly if I really have to, for instance to get to Antarctica for...
I’ve resolved not to fly at all in 2019
I like the idea of flying less…I don’t need to be at every conference, workshop...
I had to make my travel consistent with my research
We have to curb carbon emissions today, not tomorrow
First priority is train, bus, car, ferry etc.
The academic world has a huge responsibility to speak up
I try to advocate flying less or not at all via social media
From now on I’ll try to fly as little as possible
I choose my traveling by air much more carefully now
Flights often cost less than bus tickets
Taking climate change seriously should be reflected in our working cultures
I am a historian of the United States based in the UK
As a family of 3, we do not own a motorized vehicle; our feet take...
It still sounds like a lot, but it was an important first step for me
As a keen mountaineer it’s tough to realign to closer mountains
I realized how flying around the globe is aggravating the situation
There is much beauty to discover in my home country
We see a role in using our technology to expedite collaboration while avoiding the carbon...
I can no longer justify doing this when I know that climate breakdown is occurring
I believe that travel is worse for the environment than meat
I thought I’d join your group to stay informed and help if I can
We are trying to be the change we want to see in the world
I made the commitment to stop flying just this week
I’m a conscientious objector who refuses to fly to academic conferences
Railways need to invest now, so that they will have capacity as flying declines
I fasted from flying for a decade, and walked from Illinois to Arizona
Improving the rail network can help
I feel increasingly uncomfortable with flying, for work and privately
The time has come for courageous decisions
Trains offer the advantages of lengthy conversation and uninterrupted solo activity
What if AGU receives 10% less attendees?
I challenge the idea that flying makes you happy or is necessary for a fulfilled...
I have a travel policy in my research group with respect to long distance flying
I’m a high school science teacher and I try to lead by example
Quit flying 10 years ago, but began reducing flights 20 years ago
I talk to people but they don’t seem to listen, it’s sad
The false economy of subsidies and tax breaks props up the aviation industry
Whenever possible, I travel for long durations
One day they will ask me what I did to try to avert catastrophic climate...
I’m looking for as many ways as possible…
I’m over 80: we need to improve train travel in the US.
I imagine a plane having monster truck wheels far down there, crushing animals and people...
Votre site est exactement ce dont on a besoin. Perhaps translate it in a lot...
I know too much about climate science to make matters worse for the planet
What little influence I have, I am using to set an example
I just don’t want to participate in the destruction
My wife and I bought a Chevy Bolt last year and love it
I select speakers from Europe or nearby, those who can reach us by train
This not only is a polite answer, it also sets the organisers thinking
I can now sign on to ‘No Fly’ in good conscience
We all have a responsibility to make sacrifices and to boycott where we can
I made my last professional flight 18 months ago
With effort I can combine more trips and do more by teleconference
As I am regarded as a leader in my company I believe/have hope that my...
I am switching to a carbon neutral lifestyle
I decide when I’ll be in France, then gather as many meetings as possible during...
Well, people will have to read my articles…and I will have to read theirs