Climate Scientists Say No To Flying And Here's Why

Airplanes are probably one of the greatest achievements man has ever made in history. It may seem like the most mundane and normal thing in the world, but if you put it in perspective, flying actually means that you’re sitting in a metal container up in the sky, thousands of feet from where you should be. If you think about it, that’s nothing short of amazing.

And it’s not just all for show either, since the possibility of air travel has brought in numerous contributions to society, making transportation all the more faster and efficient and allowing a more connected world to flourish.

Lately, however, scientists from all over are calling for less air travel. The reason? Worsening global warming and our own carbon footprint.

By definition, our carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide emissions that we as individuals put out, which then contribute to global warming. And some academics, like Kim Cobb, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, have observed that much of their own come from air travel, mainly from flying to conferences. The professor has since vowed that she’d try her best to cut back on her own carbon footprint.

“Flying is a luxury and a privilege that must be reserved for a fraction of the events that we use it for right now,” Cobb argued.

And it’s just not her since Cobb is simply a part of a group of growing academics who are taking part in the “flying less movement,” which encourages other academics in the world to minimize their carbon footprint and fly less, or fly when it’s absolutely necessary.

But not all agree with this approach, saying that it only distracts the people from seeing that true change can only be done through collective government action. Others simply have no choice but to fly due to their professions, while some argue that reducing air travel can directly affect junior scientists, who do their work through conferences and out in the field.

According to Cobb and the others, however, it’s not just reducing the carbon footprint, but also to set an example and show the people that change can start with them, too.