I stopped flying in 2005 after a carbon footprint calculation showed me that all the lifestyle changes I was making to reduce my personal emissions could effectively be wiped out by taking one or two flights a year. One of the key aims of the 2016 Think Twice Boycott Campaign (eafolthinktwice.org.uk), which I co-organised, was to raise awareness of the increasing impact of aviation-induced climate breakdown to the UK literary community. While it’s been heartening to see growing objections to oil company arts sponsorship in recent years, I’d like to see the arts community taking the same ethical approach to airline sponsorship.
Jonathan Emmett has written over 60 books for children including ‘Bringing Down the Moon’, ‘Someone Bigger’ and ‘The Princess and the Pig’. His work has been translated into over 30 different languages and has won several awards.