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The charm of the flight of shame

frequent flyers are erratic beings. Between the dunes of the Kawir desert do you remember the high-rise buildings of Chongqing. You look into the starry sky over Vanuatu, to tell you of the Northern lights, the night of Kulusuk glow. However, this sense of life of the Everywhere-already-been-Being is currently experiencing a Grounding.

In the last 20 years, the perennial fly over the world has shaped the identity of several generations. It is open to the world turned, curious. Who can compare Angkor Wat with Machu Picchu, is regarded as a wise man. Never leave Europe? As provincial. For many occupational groups, the fly is now part of everyday life. Researchers, managers, NGO staff, politicians, athletes, journalists, artists; who does not lift, back. However, the Swiss are particularly good, only the Norwegians fly more frequently.

The a lot of fly influenced the views of the world. The earth has shrunk, even as to remote places can be within 24 hours. New York is closer to Zurich than Porrentruy, London as a day trip. The cheap flights of the early 21st century.Century democratized an old dream. For centuries the world stayed of travel is the privilege of the Rich and adventurers. Today can afford to buy almost all Western Europeans two weeks in Bali.

green-thinking people, what with

That the planes shoot a lot of CO2, has long been known (in Switzerland they provide, according to WWF for 18 percent of all greenhouse gases). MyClimate, the Zurich-based company that sells CO2-offsetting for air tickets, was founded before 17 years. Then, in 2002, used 18million passengers Kloten airport, in 2017, it was 29Millionen. Each year, 1Million passengers almost came. Most of them did not know that flying is good for the environmental . But no one wanted to let the freedom above the clouds to narrow. Also, many green-thinking people with what. The bad Conscience they sold the note to its own cosmopolitanism. The policy decided, in the case of airlines more value - and mineral oil tax to collect. Rather, she was happy about the booming industry.

Now that you are gone, these carefree years. Various groups begin their flight behavior. Universities and athletes a limited. Politicians and civil servants is included, how many unnecessary flights. Even some of the Bourgeois can think of a levy on airline tickets. The hot summer and the strikes of the high school girls gave of the flight of skepticism, the last thrust, in order to penetrate fully into the public consciousness.

It is likely to cause some take a long time to Switzerland to stay inside more often on the ground; to the laws of that flying costs more than going by train. However, the social scoring tilts, the Transfiguration, the Prestige fades. If you fly, you will need to in the future to justify more, instead of receiving admiration for his willingness to Travel. Over the weekend, shortly after Tallinn? How rude.

In frequent-flyer Think going by train is considered to be a waste of time. There is no more interesting trips.

of Course, flying is not our only activity, which heats the climate . But hardly any action seems less necessary for life than to bask in the sun on Christmas in the Maldives. Neither to drive a car, eat meat can still be on Heat (not even on video streaming) in such a way pain-free without. Nothing so much CO2-Savings as the with so little effort climb of the aircraft.

In Sweden, where many of the prominent use for a flight-free life, there is a word for the new discomfort: "flygskam". Flight of shame. Apparently, this feeling is already having an impact on the behavior of the Swedes. Book less domestic flights, more likely to take the train. It is a win-win for all.

As the climate strike-inventor Greta Thunberg from Stockholm came by train to the WEF to Davos, marveled many. About 30 hours the journey took. What a hardship! In a lot of flyers-Think the path is considered to be lost time to bridge with a movie or Sleep. A strange separation. Until the invention of flight, the hob, the distance in the abstract space of the sky, was also one of the trips to the trip. On the train, the still applies. Rarely can you look so relaxed landscapes and cities, as if you drag in the train window passing by. (Which is not to say that Europe would not tolerate a faster train services.)

When food has replaced the Close to the Exotic already. Parsnip instead of Papaya. Happens when you travel the Same? Passugg, instead of Pattaya? Well not quite. But the world will be a little bigger.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 15.03.2019, 20:57 PM

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