I haven’t flown for a holiday since 2009, and have taken four short-haul return flights for academic conferences in the past decade, plus two longhaul flights to India to run training events and develop stroke services and research there. I am resolved to never fly again for leisure. Any pleasure I might gain from doing so would be far outweighed by the harm I am doing by hastening climate breakdown. I’m exploring the practicalities of making European conference trips by train in future, though justifying the extra expense to the university remains a challenge.
Four years ago I also switched my regular lengthy car commute to bike and train instead, which I estimate saves 3.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.
I’m a nurse and health researcher, with interests in stroke, cardiovascular prevention, and health inequalities.