Carbon caution & advice: Flying & the responsible traveller

1. Flying = one of the fastest growing sources of CO2

Plane wing We are passionate advocates of the benefits of responsible overseas tourism and yet we must acknowledge that flying contributes to climate change. In fact, climate change poses a severe threat to those things that responsible travellers hold most dear - local communities and environments around the world.

Did you know? One long haul return flight can produce more carbon dioxide per passenger than the average UK motorist in one year.(1)
2. Say 'NO' to carbon offsetting and 'YES' to carbon reduction.

Wind turbines In 2002 we were the first travel agent to offer carbon offsetting, in 2009 we believe were one of the first to stop offering offsets to customers.

Why? We believe that offsetting distracts from the real issues - that is we all need to be reducing our carbon emissions as much as possible. Offsetting flights has too often been seen as an opportunity to go on flying the same amount or more.
3. Fly LESS

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  • Get the train instead
  • Take fewer, longer holidays
  • Fly direct
  • Fly economy (business/first class are more polluting)
4. Make LIFESTYLE changes

Calculate your carbon footprint with Friends of the Earth's carbon calcuator.

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5. When we do fly, MAKE IT COUNT

Find a responsible holiday Choose a responsible holiday that makes a real difference in the destination - those that seek to reduce CO2 impacts, support local community programs and community development.

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(1) Netherlands Centre for Energy Conservation and Environmental Technology/DETR
Written by Justin Francis
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