Many of us fly without a second thought – it is an ingrained part of our culture and our society in which people, goods and services are transported around the globe.
Yet abstaining from flying is one of the most powerful ways we can reduce our individual and collective carbon footprints.
As an example, a return flight to London from Melbourne contributes 11 tonnes CO2-e [see: calculator] compared to an Australian’s annual emissions average of 22 tonnes (Australia’s 2015 total CO2-e emissions of 527 million tonnes divided by Australia’s 2015 population of 23.79 million [see: page 2 Australia’s emissions projections 2016].
Experts predict that we have just a handful of years in which to take meaningful action on climate change. There has never been a better time to address the issue.
The Flight Free Oz campaign is the Australian wing of a global Flight Free movement. Starting in Sweden, there are now Flight Free campaigns in Denmark, Germany, France, the UK, Canada, USA and Peru. Thousands of people across the planet are taking a flight-free year to send a powerful signal to industry, politicians — and the rest of us: for a safe climate we must urgently reduce aviation emissions, like those from other industries, to zero.
Flight Free 2020 is a people-powered campaign asking people to agree not to fly for 12 months.
By signing the pledge you can help raise awareness of the warming impact of flying and inspire others to take action. We are working as a growing collective movement, committed to reducing our own emissions but, importantly, acting to push for climate safe travel at the policy level.
When you sign up your name will automatically be counted towards the total signatories.
We respect your privacy. Your information will be stored in a private database, will not be passed onto anyone without your consent and will only be used to contact you about this specific campaign.
But this is not an easy step. Choosing to not fly is a challenging decision because it’s outside-the-norm in our globalised society. It can be isolating and uncomfortable for the one who is grounded, and confronting for those who do fly. But this is exactly the kind of change we as a society must immediately make to prevent catastrophic global warming. These powerful statements can kick-off a conversations about the challenging emergency responses needed to restore the planet to safe operating conditions.
The Stay Grounded network in Europe is active in supporting both individual behaviour change of flight free pledging and campaigns for systemic change in how we travel as responses to the climate emergency.