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The trouble with flying

Katie wears a silk maxi dress with a black and white small floral print. It has a thin matching belt and she's paired it with a red handbag and white sneakers.

Did you know? Aviation is one of the fastest-growing polluters and currently accounts for about 2% of global emissions. Taking a long-haul flight generates more carbon emissions than the average person in dozens of countries around the world produces in a whole year. (“How your flight emits as much CO2 as many people do in a year“, Guardian analysis, published July 2019)

Last summer we holidayed in Spain, and the flights generated about 895 kg CO2 between the two of us. There are countries where the average person produces less CO2 than that in an entire year. (source: Atmosfair)

Katie wears a silk maxi dress with a black and white small floral print. It has a thin matching belt and she's paired it with a red handbag and white sneakers.

And while we can (and will) spend money to offset the carbon emissions when we fly, I’ll say what I’ve said before: we can’t buy our way out of the climate crisis. We need to change our behaviour. 

But here’s the thing: aviation is a luxury. Not everyone can financially afford to fly every year. Case in point? A 2014 survey by the Department for Transport revealed that 15% of the UK’s population took 70% of flights.

And while flying is a luxury for the few, everyone on the planet is stuck dealing with the impacts on the environment.

So now I’m aiming to change my behaviour and fly less. This year we know we have a wedding in the USA so will take the opportunity to see my family at the same time. But outside of that? The plan is to stick to train journeys.

This outfit features:
Dress: charity shop 2019
Shoes: 2018
Bag: 2017

Katie wears a silk maxi dress with a black and white small floral print. It has a thin matching belt and she's paired it with a red handbag and white sneakers.

Much love, Katie xo

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