Travel + Climate Crisis

Travel writer and activist Edward Hasbrouck blogs about air travel and global warming; he writes, in part:

I’ve been saying for years that the current phenomen of world travel by air accessible to ordinary people from First World countries is not only recent (dating only to the last half century) but likely to be short-lived. That was already apparent as a consequnce of the dependence of air travel on fossil fuel, and the inherent scarcity of the same. The negative environmental effects of air travel are only likely to accelerate its rapid (in historical terms) demise over the next half century or less.

I find the intersection of travel and the climate crisis fascinating because it pits two branches of the bohemian lifestyle in direct opposition, in a way that is seemingly impossible to reconcile.

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