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