A few days ago, while reading up news on sustainability and climate change, I came across this news story and this explaining how French lawmakers passed a bill to cancel every short domestic flight that can be covered by train in about two and half hours. And as my interest in sustainability and climate change actions has been growing these past few months, I couldn’t help but write a post on it. Although there were some criticisms about the timing of the Climate Bill (considering the COVID-19 pandemic) I see this step as a great one towards climate protection. However, that is for France, what actions are other countries taking to protect our dear climate.
Talking about aviation in climate change is a very controversial topic, however, we cannot ignore the fact that aviation emission also contributes to climate change and global warming. As controversial as it might be, it is the responsibility of each country and government to decide and take practical steps in reducing aviation’s negative impact on our climate. When it comes to aviation emission, individual countries have to take up ‘their cross’. As we know, the CO2 emissions from domestic flights are part of that country’s emission accounts. No wonder, France is already taking ‘her cross’ on that.
International aviation can not be easily considered because the question is ‘Under which country will its emission count?’ nevertheless, it still counts. For me, this emphasizes the reason why moderation of domestic flights should be taken seriously. I will talk about this from two aspects: the developed and developing countries’ aspects.
Aviation accounts for about 2.5% of the global CO2 emissions (source). Another instance is what Sweden is doing currently with the transport sector, especially with aviation. Like Wikipedia said, Sweden’s long-term goal is to reduce 85% greenhouse gases by 2045 and the short-term goal is to reduce 70% emissions coming from the transport section by 2030. The question is ‘what has been done so far’?
Climate change actions are necessary, they are good but sadly, only if the country has the capabilities to do so. I challenge more countries to take up the initiative to protect their climates, however, I wonder where that leaves the developing countries whose struggles are more than ‘a cup of tea’ and cannot even think of climate change actions right now.
To take climate actions, can we really have one world? I still have a lot to say, however, I must drop my pen here. Ciao!!!
How can I contribute to SUSTAINABILITY? This is a question you should ask yourself and as well, seek answers to and work on every day. Here is a list that can help (link).
Master student in Media and Communication at Lund University. The author holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication Studies from the University of Ilorin. Titilope is an Editorial Director at 180 Degrees Consulting Lund.