“Pledge to Fly Less” campaign launched at the House of Commons – asking people to reduce their flying
Campaigners from the Gatwick group, CAGNE (Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions) are launching a new campaign, at the House of Commons to encourage people to “Fly Less”. This is part of the national climate change MP lobby day #thetimeisnow at which thousands of people will be talking to their MPs about climate breakdown, and the role the UK should be playing. “Pledge to fly less” has a website www.pledgetoflyless.co.uk where anyone, individuals, groups, businesses, can sign up to this campaign and “pledge to fly less”. A running total will show how many have signed and the website goes live on the 26th. The campaign says: “In an ideal world we would all stop flying until aviation truly found a way not to be such a major threat to our planet, but as a start we are asking residents and businesses to think before they fly; pledge to fly less to reduce their own carbon footprint as we must …” Sally Pavey, Chair of CAGNE said it is about what future generations will have to deal in terms of climate breakdown. We need to concept of “flying shame” that originated in Sweden, to catch on in the UK. There is also the Flight Free UK campaign, which is asking people to cut down on flying and pledge not to fly in 2020, and is associated with the new “Pledge to fly less campaign.
Pledge to Fly Less campaign – www.pledgetoflyless.co.uk
Flight Free UK campaign – https://www.flightfree.co.uk/
“Pledge to Fly Less” campaign launched at the House of Commons
26th June 2019
East Sussex resident Sue Davidson and vice chair of CAGNE, stopped flying over 2 years ago concerned about the damage her leisure travel was doing to the planet as well as the noise it created over homes such as her own.
Sue today, 26thJune, leads the way at the House of Commons to launch a campaign that encourages people to “Fly Less” as part of the national climate change member of parliament lobby day – #thetimeisnow.
“Pledge to fly less” is launched with its own website www.pledgetoflyless.co.uk where anyone, individuals, groups, businesses, can sign up to this campaign and “pledge to fly less”. A running total will show how many have signed and the website goes live on the 26th.
“In an ideal world we would all stop flying until aviation truly found a way not to be such a major threat to our planet, but as a start we are asking residents and businesses to think before they fly; pledge to fly less to reduce their own carbon footprint as we must become climate-smart travellers,” said Sue.
“It is not just about reducing the number of times you fly, but also about the pollution you create in getting to an airport,” added Aidan Zeall, who lives in Crawley and has not flown for 16 years, he finds air quality on the decline due to the traffic generated by Gatwick Airport.
“Today we see the Gatwick Airport building robotic car parks which encourages more people to drive to the airport as well as seeking to increase freight movements. A high percentage of passengers and all freight arrive by road travelling past homes, schools, hospitals, all adding to the decline in air quality that we have to breath as the congestion on the main roads continues to grow.”
Sally Pavey, Chair of CAGNE adding, “It is not just about today, the noise or the pollution we suffer. It is about what future generations will have to deal with as well as other industries that are reducing their carbon footprint whilst aviation is unconstrained in growth thanks to the government policies of allowing expansion via the back door.”
Although CAGNE is a south east based aviation community group it hopes that the UK can mirror the efforts in Sweden and Germany where ‘flying shame’* has taken hold and seen a drastic reduction in the number of people flying resulting in increases in rail travel.
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‘Pledge to fly less’ is the environmental campaign from CAGNE –
There is also an associated campaign (the two are working together)
Flight Free UK
Make the pledge to be flight-free in 2020
Flight Free UK is a people-powered campaign which asks people to agree not to fly in the year of 2020 – knowing that 100,000 others have pledged to do the same. It’s about taking collective responsibility to reduce the amount we fly in order to lessen our impact on the planet.
Flying less is one of the most powerful ways we as individuals can reduce our carbon footprint, and with experts predicting that we have just a handful of years to take meaningful action on climate change, there has never been a better time to address the issue.
Many of us fly without a second thought – it is an ingrained part of our culture, and a part of our global society, as people, goods and services are transported around the globe. Flight Free UK aims to raise awareness of the impact of those flights and inspire people to take action.
It is easy to think that individual actions don’t make a difference, and not to bother trying. But if we can show that there are 100,000 people who are prepared to take an air-free year, we send a clear signal to industry and politicians – and also to each other – that there are many who are willing to change their lifestyles to protect the climate.
Sign the pledge and join the growing number of people who will be flight-free in 2020.
When you sign up your name will automatically be counted towards the total signatories.*
*For your signature to count towards the 100,000, you must be a UK resident. If you select a different country your pledge will be held on the database as an international pledge.
Flight Free UK says:
“We are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.”
~ Sir David Attenborough
In 2016 airlines carried 3.7 billion passengers. This is set to rise to more than 7 billion by 2035. At the same time, climate scientists are warning that we have less than 12 years to make a significant reduction in our carbon emissions in order to avoid catastrophic climate change.
Flying is the fastest growing cause of climate change. If aviation was a country, it would be the 7th worst polluter globally. Brits already fly more than the people of any other nation – twice as much as Americans.* Even if we take other steps to be environmentally friendly, one flight can completely wipe out all the other savings.
While technology is being developed to make aviation less polluting, for example through bio fuels and electric planes, the only meaningful way to reduce emissions is to not fly in the first place. And we can’t rely on policy-makers; even though the UK has targets to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050, tax on air travel remains low, and the aviation sector only continues to expand.
The climate crisis is acute – climate change is already affecting communities, wildlife and the natural world across the globe. We must act now to take meaningful action in order to preserve the planet, and all who rely on it for their survival.
*data from afreeride.org
How to reach European holiday destinations, if not flying:
Driving is less carbon-heavy than flying, and coach travel could cut emissions further still, as well as often being cheaper than taking the train. Overnight coaches are an option if travelling long distance.
Paris and Brussels are a single train journey by Eurostar from London, and onward train travel throughout Europe is wide-ranging, quick and comfortable. Find timetables and fares at Loco2, or visit The Man in Seat Sixty-One for information and inspiration.
Booking is easy on the Omio website at
See also lots more on the Flight Free UK website
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