‘Now I Am Speaking to the Whole World.’

https://time.com/collection-post/5584902/greta-thunberg-next-generation-leaders/?utm_medium=socialflowtw&utm_campaign=time&utm_source=twitter.com&xid=time_socialflow_twitter “Did you hear what I just said? Is my English O.K.? Is my microphone on? Because I’m beginning to wonder.” There is laughter, but it’s unclear if it’s amused or awkward. Thunberg is not smiling. She’s here to talk climate; a catastrophe is looming, her generation will bear it, and she knows whom to […]

Trotz Klimadebatte: Die Deutschen fliegen eher mehr

https://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/unternehmen/trotz-klimadebatte-die-deutschen-fliegen-eher-mehr-16226746.html Von Flugscham der Urlauber keine Spur. Wenn Marek Andryszak, Deutschlandchef des Reisekonzerns TUI, in die Konzernstatistik blickt, dann fallen die Zuwächse für einige Reiseziele auf: 40 Prozent mehr Buchungen deutscher Kunden für die Türkei, 37 Prozent mehr für Marokko, 31 Prozent mehr für Ägypten sind bis jetzt eingegangen – alles Ziele, zu denen Urlauber […]

Public takes flying’s impact into its own hands

Tackling environmental problems is generally thought to involve politicians introducing regulations and imposing measures that encourage or nudge behaviour in desired directions. But, following decades of government inaction on aviation emissions, the public is taking the matter into its own hands. Citizens have responded with an initiative that has, so far, reduced air travel in […]

Official petition launched to end ‘kerosene tax haven’

https://www.transportenvironment.org/news/official-petition-launched-end-%E2%80%98kerosene-tax-haven%E2%80%99 A European Citizens’ Initiative has been launched that calls for European governments to end aviation’s fuel tax exemption. The petition followed the leak of a report for the European Commission showing that taxing kerosene sold in Europe would cut aviation emissions by 11% and have no net impact on jobs or the economy as […]

Sign now! Fuelling sustainability by taxing aviation fuel!

Kerosene-based aviation fuel has been exempt from taxes ever since the 1944 Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation entered into force in 1947. However, campaigners assert that the convention does not explicitly forbid the taxation of aviation fuel. The petitioners propose that “kerosene tax should be regressive in order to incentivise even more consumers to […]

Flygskam: The „Flying Shame“ Movement That’s Taking Over Sweden

The Swedish concept of „flygskam“ embodies a truly 21st century phenomenon – that icky feeling that you get when you take a flight because you know how bad it is for the environment to fly. https://en.reset.org/blog/flygskam-flying-shame-movement-thats-taking-over-sweden-12112018 We all know that flying emits huge amounts of CO2. And covering the same distance by bus or train […]