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Covid-19 has had a huge impact on flying. For the week starting August 10, 2020, the number of scheduled flights worldwide was down by 47.9 percent compared to the same week in 20191. Many people have started to wonder whether hopping on a plane so often is all it’s cracked up to be and even more are wondering about the health implications of being on a plane.
A single transatlantic flight can produces 1.6 tonnes of CO2 – that’s more CO2 than some people produce in a whole year in other countries.
If you have loved ones overseas, however, you’re unlikely to give up flying altogether.
More and more people are travelling smarter. If you’re fortunate enough to fly regularly, consider if each flight necessary.
If your destination is on the same continent, could you drive, or take a train or ferry instead?
If you travel for work, why not combine your business trip with a holiday or try attending conferences remotely? Even one less flight a year makes a massive difference to your footprint.