Karen Sutton, founder of the Global Good Awards, has pledged to go flight free in 2020, forsaking an already booked holiday in Croatia for a road trip to France.
The rationale behind the pledge is part of Karen’s bigger scheme to ultimately promote a flight-free awards ceremony in 2021. “While it’s fantastic to have entrants from all over the world – it is the Global Good Awards after all – we don’t want to encourage carbon guzzling long or short haul flights. We’re currently looking for an organisation to help us with two-way streaming of the ceremony to overseas finalists.”
Aviation is the fastest growing contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, despite only making up less than 5% of global emissions (because most people have never been on an aeroplane). For those who can afford it, flying can make up the single largest part of their carbon footprints. A return long-haul flight is roughly equivalent to driving for a year or eating a meat-heavy diet.
“We’re so pleased that Karen has joined our pledge to go flight-free in 2020. Flying less is the most impactful thing we as individuals can do in the fight against climate change, so it’s great that Karen is taking on the challenge. There are many other ways to travel that don’t involve flights so we can’t wait to hear about her adventures this year!” comments Anna Hughes who heads up the campaign in the UK.
Read more about the campaign and to take the flight-free pledge here.
Do you know of an organisation or technology group that can help facilitate the live two-way streaming of the ceremony? If you do, please contact Karen directly here.