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Large Carbon Footprint of Air Travel to Climate Activist Meetings



(p. 7A) If climate change is really such a crisis, and if sacrifice on our part is needed to stop it, why aren't we seeing more sacrifice from people who think it's a problem?

As one person asked on Twitter, "What if climate scientists decided, as a group, to make their conferences all virtual? No more air travel. What a statement!" And what if academics in general--most of whom think climate change is a big deal--started doing the same thing to make an even bigger statement?

What if politicians and celebrities stopped jetting around the world--often on wasteful private jets instead of flying commercial with the hoi polloi--as a statement of the importance of fighting climate change?

And what if they lived in average-sized houses, to reduce their carbon footprints? What if John Kerry, who was much put out by President Trump's withdrawal from the non-binding Paris agreement, gave up his yacht-and-mansions lifestyle ?

What if, indeed? One reason so many people don't take climate change seriously is that the people who constantly tell us it's a crisis never actually act like it's a crisis.



For the full commentary, see:

Reynolds, Glenn Harlan. "To Fight Climate Change, Start with Celebs, Pols." USA Today (Mon., June 12, 2017): 7A.






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