Flying shame: the scandalous rise of private jets
Last week, Rishi Sunak flew from London to Blackpool - his third private jet trip in 10 days. He's far from the only one using air travel for short journeys. Just how much damage is this doing?It was a Labour spokesperson who said the prime minister was behaving "like an A-list celeb", after Rishi Sunak made his third trip by private jet in 10 days. Last week, he flew from London to Blackpool in a 14-seat RAF jet - a 230-mile journey that would have taken about three hours by train. The week before, he did the same to Leeds, which he could have done in two and a half hours by train, but which wouldn't have looked nearly so glamorous - to go by the ludicrous photograph of him looking important and being saluted as he boarded the aircraft.Private planes are up to 14 times more polluting, per passenger, than commercial planes and 50 times more polluting than trains, according to a report by Transport & Environment, a European clean transport campaign organisation. "It goes against the fact that the government has committed to net zero by 2050," says Alice Ridley, a spokesperson for the Campaign for Better Transport. "They have said they want to see more journeys by public transport, walking and cycling. Taking a private jet is extremely damaging for the environment, especially when there are other alternatives that would be far less polluting and would also be cheaper." Continue reading...
Celý článek: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/jan/26/flying-shame-the-scandalous-rise-of-private-jets
Zdroj: The Guardian
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