Local politicians carbon hypocrites with flights to conference
Climate change emergency, it’s why our officials enjoyed air travel to Quebec City?
“It’s a flying shame” by Jeremy Freed: “…is air travel ethical in the age of climate crisis?….Now that we can fly whenever we want, the choice becomes not where to go next, but whether we should go at all.” Globe & Mail, July 13.
Did a large number of locally elected politicians and staff from the CVRD choose to fly across the country to attend a conference in May, held in Quebec City? These same individuals have recently gained new knowledge since their trip — now a decision to support a climate change emergency!
They need a reminder that their return trip per person would account for approximately two tonnes of CO2. How did our representatives weigh the carbon footprint of this flight when they ask the average citizen to limit their environmental impact when using a vehicle to drive to work, or heat their homes?