It’s stark. Turns out a single seat on a modest 2,500 mile flight (NYC - LAX) results in emissions that will melt 32 square feet of Arctic sea ice. In this enlightening take from Andy Newman of the NY Times, he walks us through a highly-researched piece on what our summer holidays mean for the future of our planet.
Our take: Yes, we travel quite a bit - the number of airline passengers has doubled since 2003 alone. But so do the items we consume (San Pellegrino water from Tuscany or your favorite bottle of Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand). While it’s important to think about the utility and benefit that comes from our air travel, let’s also think about the objects that we’re shipping to us - and switch to alternatives.