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Sometimes it’s OK to ground yourself.

Stay local, make a video call or find another way to travel. Take this step and decide a level of commitment that works for you. Try it for a month to see how you do.

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Fly Less

Flying is a major source of carbon emissions. Not everyone has the privilege of flying, but if you do, taking a few less flights is one of the best ways to dramatically reduce your carbon emissions. There may might be times when you need to fly - seeing relatives, exploring new places, or important meetings. But there are also times when you can choose not to fly. Whether it’s a staycation, discovering somewhere closer to home or suggesting your company uses more video calls, flying less is good for the planet and for you too. And it sends a signal to politicians and businesses that people around the world want to find alternatives to carbon-intensive travel.
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Switch To Clean Energy
Cut Food Waste
Eat More Veggies
Talk To Friends
Keep Politicians Accountable
Plant More Trees
Insulate Your Home
Save With Led Lights
Drive Electric Or Hybrid
Get Around Greener
Fly Less
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REFERENCES

  • The risk of venous thromboembolism is increased 2 to 3-fold after long-haul flights (>4 h) and also with other forms of travel involving prolonged seated immobility
    World Health Organisation, Mode of travel: health considerations

    By avoiding emissions from business air travel, telepresence can reduce emissions by 1–3.8 gigaton of carbon dioxide over 30 years.
    Project Drawdown, Telepresence

  • Impact metric calculations

    To determine the carbon emission reduction estimates related to switching to an electric car or hybrid car, the following calculations were performed:
    (Baseline; kg CO2e/month) – (Lower emitting alternative; kg CO2e/month)

    Baseline Air Travel Emissions:
    (# of flights/month) x (kg CO2e/mile) x (miles/flight) = kg CO2e / month

    Lower Emitting Alternative Emissions:
    (# of alternate travel trips/month) x (kg CO2e/mile) x (miles/alternate transit) = kg CO2e / month

    For detailed calculations, references and assumptions, please see our Methodology page.