There are pros and cons but the environmental argument trumps them all
It still sounds like a lot, but it was an important first step for me
As an environmental psychologist it would lie to myself if I would fly
Need to combine knowing with doing
I was waiting for an initiative like yours
More than 80% of the world’s population has never taken a single flight
I made my last professional flight 18 months ago
We need to accept this simple truth and get to work
I have started looking for railway alternatives to flights more often
Whenever possible, I travel for long durations
Capitalism is waging a war against nature
Scientists should lead the way toward matching our behaviors to the data we gather
The University of Gent already has a sustainable travel policy, which I think can provide...
I have been reflecting on the future I hope my children will enjoy
I have initiated a conversation in my workplace about flying less
I do not take flights within a country at all
This website will strengthen my argument to not fly for work or holidays
The oil world looks logical to the oil people inside their world
Even people who are well informed about climate change do not change their lifestyle
I decide when I’ll be in France, then gather as many meetings as possible during...
I have flown from New Zealand to Europe and the USA at least 50 times
Next to adopting a vegan diet, to stop flying is one of the most impactful...
Sometimes change comes too late
Build our house, chop our wood and make our garden grow
“Fly less” is possible in this time of fast internet and videoconferencing
After my first train journey I was hooked
It will help universities save paper, which will reduce deforestation
We can also do virtual conferences
I haven’t flown since retiring from the NHS in 2008
I began trying to reduce flying in 2007 by introducing web streaming for conferences
I have decided to attend fewer conferences, decline invitations to talk, etc.
Conferences are in flashy places to attract scientists to participate
As academics, we don’t need to fly with Skype and Zoom
Most of my colleagues fly a lot and consider this normal
I have pushed my department to create a policy to reduce flying
We can change the smaller world around us
Instead I refer colleagues who live closer, or I offer to teleconference in
My kids are going to have to clean up this mess
I do believe that the action of individuals will have a real impact
We live in a finite world, and scientists should be models
I want to get the conversation rolling in academia about our flying habits
I cannot live my life without mitigating the threat with every choice I make
It’s amazing that flying is still so unscrutinized by those concerned about climate change
It is time to take the next step: reducing my university footprint
We have the capacity for a radical paradigm shift in how we choose to live
University-funded air travel is the third largest component of our footprint
It will mean missing my favourite conference & friends in 2021
I feel much more at ease with my own conscience now
Set a target to reduce your personal ecological footprint from your scientific agenda
The hardest part is to see how deeply in denial people are
We must shift the culture from where travel defines a career
My wife and I bought a Chevy Bolt last year and love it
I have gained credibility with my students when I teach climate justice
Tons of questions I still have to answer!
I stopped flying 6 years ago
I savor passing through so many places and landscape
Quit flying 10 years ago, but began reducing flights 20 years ago
I makes me feel a lot better to live my beliefs
We have a hard time imagining an alternative
I have to work with a travel system entirely catered toward flying
Need to find a clear set of rules…still looking for it
Justifying the extra expense to the university is a challenge
I worry for my post-PhD prospects as I will not have ‘put myself out there’
Can one’s example shift the culture?
I’m worried about the future of our planet
I have been deliberately NOT going to annual conferences
We all have to change our way of life with the utmost urgency
The evidence of accelerating climate change is too obvious to ignore
We must fly less; I am flying less
I bring up the subject of trying to fly less at my workplace
The responses by many colleagues are often quite encouraging
Many of my cohorts enjoy accumulating frequent flyer miles
When work travel is needed, I try to add a few days’ holiday to avoid...
I only fly for long trips (> 5,000 km) and max once a year
As a keen mountaineer it’s tough to realign to closer mountains
I like the feeling of being more responsible to future generations
I do many virtual classroom lectures instead of flying to institutions
If we do this right, within my lifetime no one should be flying
As I love Nature, I think I need to reduce how much I fly
Legitimation structures need to be understood and made visible
I am consumed with guilt about our carbon footprint, yet find it hard to imagine...
It’s important to practice what I preach as best I can
I love traveling but it can’t be justified
The idea is that we want people to change their behavior voluntarily
Eurostar prices are absolutely a problematic issue as per reducing flying
The failure of the scientific community to address global warming is inexcusable
This made me realize how much other people inspire me who act according to their...
The academic world has a huge responsibility to speak up
…to be attended by the same people who just heard my talk. WTF?
I asked colleagues to present my podium papers in conferences or sent video clips instead
The cost of flying is artificially low
I couldn’t justify my actions (e.g. flying) anymore
I feel increasingly uncomfortable with flying, for work and privately
Flying less is just necessary
Flying is “luxury” I can mostly live without
I commit to flying less and promoting carbon neutral conferences
Now doing voluntary conservation work, as penance for all the overseas conferences
We need a profound reflection and action on how “global science” is done today
I haven’t said I’ll never fly again, but aim for less than once every three...
What is the use of all the knowledge if we are not able to save...
“Less is more” should be the new credo
I feel free now that I have decided to stay on Earth
We all need to raise awareness of alternatives to actual travel
Most people don’t want to accept the reality that flying is a luxury
Flights often cost less than bus tickets
I have a travel policy in my research group with respect to long distance flying
Reduced flying has helped me think broadly about my priorities
…it is meaningful to be living out my principles
I have been talking about climate change for 15 years
My last flight was on July, 6th, 2019
Sometimes there are radical trailblazers that shine a light on a trail
I’ve cut back my flights by ~300% relative to a few years ago
I have grown increasingly reluctant to travel by air
It is embarrassing that it took a Swedish teenager to open my eyes
My life is one step closer to matching what I say it ought to be
I’m starting to be understood by some colleagues
A group of academics analyzed our carbon footprint and found that we were among the...
I use that time writing my presentation, reading literature
I flew over 5500 miles to present to 3 people
I realized that transport was about 80% of my carbon footprint
If you’re serous about your carbon footprint, you have no choice but to drastically reduce...
Flying not only adds CO2 to the atmosphere, but alters the cloud cover
I have been trying to travel by land and sea for twenty years or more
It is flattering to be invited to speak abroad
Not flying has strengthened my love of the planet
flying causes me cognitive dissonance verging almost into nausea
Perhaps my grandchildren will see the Nature I witnessed as a child
How we vote & engage in the community politically is as important as personal choices
I believe it’s really necessary to reduce these flights to an absolute minimum
I’d find it disingenuous to fly around the world to tell people about my work
Cutting this out is the biggest thing I can do to reduce my environmental impact
I choose my traveling by air much more carefully now
Because flying contributes to climate change, it contributes to climate racism and climate sexism
Flying less is part of the global warming solution, and is important
Railways need to invest now, so that they will have capacity as flying declines
Long distance bus is a pretty good way to get to conferences
A new technology-assisted virtual culture is needed urgently
If I do need to fly, I offset the CO2.
I pledge to push for options at conferences to use webinars
For too long I have simply accepted the temptation without critical thinking
I don’t fly for personal use
Because of my CO2 footprint I have been avoiding flying for 20 years
Ask the question, “do I really need to go there?”
I was impressed by the rail service in the countries I passed through
I checked the carbon footprint: 4192 kg, only for the flight!
It’s wonderful to be able to plug in at my destination, often for free!
We are trying to raise awareness about how much carbon is being emitted through our...
We produced one of the first (almost) carbon neutral films
The false economy of subsidies and tax breaks props up the aviation industry
I can no longer justify doing this when I know that climate breakdown is occurring
I travelled to Colombia on a cargo ship
Well, people will have to read my articles…and I will have to read theirs
Spreading with my body and my bike the message that we need to act boldly
We can’t afford to fly as much as we used to
I propose that Switzerland mobilize funds to finance flight-free travels for voluntary researchers
The impacts of climate change suddenly seemed less remote
I am often shocked at the loc consideration of some of my colleagues for their...
Over the last decade I have made increasing efforts to fly only as a last...
I am happy to find a great excuse not to fly more
There are plenty of places nearby that are good for vacations
I’m a conscientious objector who refuses to fly to academic conferences
Doing responsible and ethical science requires rethinking many of our taken-for-granted practices
Think of the work you could get done locked on a train for 3 days
Now I only accept invitations if I can travel by train, or even boat
It is very difficult to not fly from Israel, but I pledge to do so
Younger colleagues welcome someone who “walks the walk”
We have a culture of rewarding thoughtless over-consumption
I’ve put myself on a “travel diet” to reduce my personal carbon footprint
We need each other going forward; working toward this is difficult but necessary
if sustainability researchers don’t reduce their carbon emissions, who else will?
From now on I’ll try to fly as little as possible
First priority is train, bus, car, ferry etc.
You can’t analyse greenhouse gas emissions and then take off!
We have to live by the science we make
I’m not aware of any way to combine my carbon footprint goal with air travel
I love that not flying makes the world seem bigger and more of an adventure...
Our scientific carbon footprint is a major issue for climate change
I dislike airports, big trips, luggage, etc., so flying less is a bonus
My discomfort of hypocrisy is greater than my career ambitions
My field is sustainable transport solutions – a field where flying is still the norm.
My hope is that more people will forgo air plane trips that are not really...
It’s not socially accepted to take an extra travel day when there’s a morning flight
Improving the rail network can help
I also rapidly discovered plenty of advantages of traveling by train
…looking at the pollution caused by another airplane, I thought, what am I doing here?
Now is the time to be vocal about deciding not to fly
I’ve realised that climate change is a more important issue than my work
I feel urged to fly as I’m not yet tenured
I’ve declined various opportunities to fly. Sometimes this hurts.
I commit myself to first flying less, and to exploring pathways towards carbon-neutral academic life
I drive an EV and charge it daily with solar-produced electricity
Longest alternative to flying to date: 7 days crossing the Atlantic on a ship
I know that lowering my carbon footprint means saving the ecosystem I treasure and adore
We cannot continue to fly and advocate tackling climate change
Doing something good does not cancel doing something bad
Have fought to make large professional organizations in my field more sustainable
I like the idea of flying less…I don’t need to be at every conference, workshop...
I understand the urgent need for radical, selfless sacrifice
Producing more carbon dioxide is the wrong way to go
I am strong enough to travel by train only
I’ve learned to explain this not as an attempt to reduce “my” footprint, but “ours”
The train is now my transportation and my muse
I am lobbying my colleagues to fly less
Climate change threatens the future of many cultural practices around the world
Let’s meet online, not at over-priced conferences far away
University reimbursements often will not cover train or bus travel, especially abroad
We have the intention of making the world a better place, or at least mitigating...
I recognize my responsibility as citizen and scientist to reduce my carbon footprint
Universities must dare to use force in this war against climate change
The time has come for courageous decisions
I’ve learned to appreciate where I am, instead of always longing for where I’m not
…the disconnect became too palpable to continue my jet-setting
I select speakers from Europe or nearby, those who can reach us by train
It’s high time for new, rational, and responsible lifestyles
I am a historian of the United States based in the UK
Flying has become a comfortable excuse to travel, socialise and escape the office environment