34. Avoid flying.

Are we allowed to disagree or question these simple sustainable actions? How about “Seek an alternative to - Avoid Flying - recklessly”? For some people (looking directly at a mirror). Avoid Flying is akin to telling a bird you should sit in your nest or just walk more!  

We get the current impact of flying is not helping our future selves, and taking ‘quick flights’ (less than 1 hour), is not recommended, so seeking an alternative to avoid flying recklessly feels a little easier to accomplish (especially for those with travel musts and needs). 

To help you “Seek an alternative to - Avoid Flying - recklessly,” here’s a simple 2-step process:

  1. Don’t take super-short flights - look at trains, buses driving, ultra-marathons, etc. 
  2. Be vocal about supporting flight ingenuity like the blended wing jet design…

In the meantime, human ingenuity is prepping our future selves for better Flying alternatives. Be excited about what we can accomplish in this area since humans are not meant to stay in one place (for proof, see: Legs). Check out this blended wing jet that uses 50% less fuel and is a poster child for hydrogen flying. https://newatlas.com/aircraft/jetzero-blended-wing/ 

P.S. - It’s been reported that Corporate Housing helps people “Seek an alternative to - Avoid Flying - recklessly” by educating our clients on alternative ways to travel and live. Corporate housing is a more efficient use of budgets and living arrangements (full kitchens, etc.) when staying in place for 30-days or longer. So stay tuned, because I hope the next posting doesn’t say ‘Avoid Corporate Housing’...golly. 

This series is focused on Simple Sustainable Actions - based on Stephane Omsanski’s article in Parade from 2021.


34. Avoid flying.

Again, this one kinda sucks but air travel is pretty awful for the environment. The less you fly, the fewer emissions contributed. After all, planes take a heck of a lot of jet fuel to power them and according to The New York Times, air travel contributes about 3 to 4 percent of all total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.