Entering a plane for work has become a paradoxical action. The global exchange and research for resilient food systems becomes increasingly necessary, however, if allowed to grow unrestrained, flying will do more harm than good in the future.
I believe that flying for our research is more permissible than for touristic purposes. However, even for our work flying should be left as last resort, after making use of all the electronic communication there is now, and that insight is fortunately increasingly common in our work area.
For my work I only have had to travel by train, but for my master studies I once resolved to cross the ocean on a container ship, instead of an airplane. While this still has a large environmental impact, it was a great experience and inspired others to consider their impact while traveling.
Since end 2017 I have been working as research assistant for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), hosted by the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands. I started working here, while completing my MSc Climate Studies.