7GA Personal Climate Action Center Action of the Week!
There is so much work to do to heal our planet that it can feel overwhelming to determine where to start. That’s why 7th Generation Advisors launched the Personal Climate Action Center, a new initiative designed to encourage people to take individual action against climate change.
As 2021 comes to a close and holiday travel increases, we are having a moment of déjà vu as Delta and Omicron spread covid-19 and hospitals brace for the impact. These are frustrating and scary times, as we all experience the fatigue of living with the threat of catching and spreading covid-19. As we have all heard over the past year and a half, perhaps there is a lesson in this to slow down and reassess how we are living our lives. One question to ask ourselves is, “Can we fly less?”
Before hopping on a plane to attend that work meeting, ask yourself (and your boss) if it is truly necessary to have an in-person meeting. So much time and money is wasted with travel that it is often much more efficient and economical to have a zoom meeting or a phone call. In this case (which is often the case), when money is saved it is also directly saving carbon emissions. Air travel produces large amounts of emissions so reducing how much you fly by even one or two trips a year can significantly reduce your annual carbon footprint. (Check out this flight calculator to truly learn how much!) One roundtrip from LAX to NYC produces approximately 1,976 pounds of GHGs, or about 100 gallons of gas.
Work is one thing to reassess, but it is important to reassess personal trips as well. Everyone has certain places on their bucket list, but maybe there are some new places to add to your travel bucket list that don’t require you to hop on a plane? Remember those early days of covid when people rented RVs and embraced road trips? A lot of beautiful travel memories can be made without the negative environmental impact of a flight.
As we begin 2022, let’s ask ourselves if it is truly necessary to fly and/or if there is a better option that has less of a negative environmental impact. This is a win-win-win scenario: you will do good for the planet, you will save you and your company money; and you will reduce the risk of contracting and spreading covid-19.
At 7th Generation Advisors we
are diligently working with scientists, policymakers, activists and
clean tech companies to create a clean energy economy for all, to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions, and to protect all living things seven
generations into the future. We care about the future of our planet.
Will you join us?