Green travel has become quite the buzz phrase lately. Unfortunately, it’s also a bit of an oxymoron. Aviation is one of the swiftest growing and most intractable sources of the carbon dioxide emissions that are the primary cause of global warming.
Mile for mile, flying isn’t so bad. On a per passenger basis, a plane actually gets slightly better mileage than a hybrid automobile. So what’s the problem? Well, the sheer number of miles adds up quickly. A large jet burns about a gallon of fuel per second. On a round-trip cross-country flight, that equates to hundreds of tons of emissions.
There are things you can do to lighten the impact. Check out our green travel tips for ways to lighten your impact.
There are a variety of ways to reduce the impact of your travel. Here are some ideas:
And there’s one other thing you can do: balance out the emissions you can’t eliminate by purchasing carbon offsets.