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Guy



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PostPosted: 10/12/05, 22:47    Post subject: Cheap flights to France Reply with quote

In the Parish News for December/January there is an advertisement about
a "Cottage to rent in Provence", mentioning "Plenty of cheap flights
available with BA, Ryan Air, Easyjet to this corner of France."

Cheap flights, with airlines that don't have to pay fuel tax, are a
grotesquely huge cause of the pollution that is leading to global
climate change.

The results are already so serious that, for instance, storms and
droughts have become more extreme; species of plants, birds, fish are
being driven out of their habitats; Pacific islands are having to be
abandoned by their populations; glaciers and coral reefs are
disappearing; the Gulf Stream has slowed by 30 percent (if it switches
off, Britain will have the sub-arctic climate of Newfoundland).

As articles in responsible newspapers such as The Independent have been
urging, people should take holidays nearer to home. If they must
travel, trains, or even cars, waste far less fuel per person than
planes.

Guy Ottewell
Church Cottage, Church Street
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PostPosted: 11/12/05, 12:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum Guy, we look forward to your input on the more serious discussions.

I think that you can assume, by reading past posts, that a number of us agree with what you say. Unfortunately the great British public don’t seem willing to consider changing their life styles one iota probably thinking that their own life styles are not damaging the environment compared with others.
Crying or Very sad

Hypocrisy is everywhere. Even with the “responsible” Independent for juxtaposed next to an article concerned with the perils of global warming will be advertisements for ludicrously cheap flights, whilst their travel supplement is an insult, what can you do but throw it away with all the associated guilt feeling of wastage. We also have the government on the one hand warning us of climate change whilst encouraging the development of airports. Until the government gets its act together what can be expected of us mere mortals Question

In hindsight perhaps it would have been more appropriate for the advertiser of the cottage in Provence to make a £60 donation to Friends of the Earth or Greenpeace. I don’t think God will be much help on climate change. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: 12/12/05, 03:54    Post subject: Cheap flights to France Reply with quote

Yes, The Independent has printed several letters rebuking it for this hypocrisy (carrying articles and advertisements that encourage travel). Unfortunately it's a newspaper and has to live (sales, ads).
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PostPosted: 12/12/05, 08:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was only relatively recently that I discovered just how much CO2 is produced by jet aircraft. It's an awful lot Sad



Flight is one of the most fuel-guzzling forms of passenger transportation. Airlines compensate for their high fuel bills by packing passengers into their aircraft, but, per mile, powering a jet uses almost as much energy, and emits almost as much climate-changing carbon dioxide, as each passenger would use driving alone in an average car.

The above chart relates to the USA - the world's worst waster.

Geoff.

endnote 7: Chart of CO2 emissions from John C. Ryan, Over Our Heads: A Local Look at Global Climate (Seattle: NEW, 1997), p.43.
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