HOW TO FLY MINDFULLY ✈️
Sweden invented a new word to encourage people to fly less: ‘flygskam’ (translated as ‘flight shame’). With three long international flights scheduled this week (due to unavoidable reasons), I am here feeling highly ‘flygskam’ed about my carbon footprint skyrocketing this week.
Flights are one of the main sources of carbon emissions. But there are instances like the situation I am stuck in, where flights are the only option to reach the destination on time. So here are some practical tips that I use to TRY and reduce my carbon footprint:
1. OFFSET YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT!
This was a recent discovery and I wish I had started doing this earlier. There are a lot of online tools available to calculate your flights carbon footprint. Once calculated, you can offset the amount by contributing to a project/organisation that helps protect our forests that play a vital role in absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere! 🌳
2. CHOOSING NON-STOP ROUTES
The fuel intensive part of the journey is take-off and landing. So by taking the direct flight, you can reduce the carbon you put into the air. 🛫
3. TRAVEL LIGHT and PAPER FREE
By packing less luggage, you help reduce the weight on the aircraft. And use an e-ticket instead of printing it out. 🛄
4. ECO RATING
Websites like Skyscanner can help you find out flights that are comparatively more eco friendly. These are calculated based on fuel efficiency of the aircraft, distance travelled and routes. 🌱
So the next time you have to travel, the best thing to do is not fly at all 😁 But if you have to take a flight, make an attempt to be a responsible passenger and fight climate change in the small ways you can ♥️