Due to current circumstances, the majority of flights have been grounded for months. It means fewer planes are in the sky but is flying less likely to help the environment?
A Vast Drop In Air Pollution
Since the outbreak, many countries have seen a reduction in their levels of air pollution. This is attributed mainly to the lack of planes in the sky. As we become more aware of our carbon footprints, many people have decided that flying is not necessarily the best way to travel.
However, there aren’t many alternatives. Per passenger, flight emits more carbon emissions than any other mode of transport, so while most planes have been out of operation, our planet has been recovering.
The majority of us are not frequent flyers, so would an average person cutting out flying really make a difference? Perhaps it’s those who regularly fly for business who ought to reduce their carbon footprints. After all, business class takes up more room on planes, meaning fewer economy class seats can fit in the plane.
Is Flying All Bad?
Aviation is understood to account for around 3 percent of the world’s carbon emissions. That’s small compared to the world’s carbon emissions output for electricity and heat production, which is 25%, and agriculture and forestry, which accounts for 24%. People can also offset their carbon emissions and contribute to tree-planting projects.
An Economic Impact
Some communities may find themselves being hit by a reduction in flights, particularly those working in the travel industry. Smaller communities that attract travelers from all over the world would be much less accessible if flying wasn’t so common. A reduction in tourists to those areas can result in workers losing their jobs and small businesses collapsing without the presence of tourist money.
While reducing the number of planes in the sky will reduce carbon emissions, perhaps we ought to be looking at reducing them from other industries before flying less.
Beautiful country Argentina’s diverse geography stretches from the subtropical north to the sub-Antarctic regions of scenic Patagonia in the south. The dreamy landscape and delicious food are something that you should experience at least once in your lifetime. If you are thinking of visiting this beautiful South American country, check out these top 3 tourist attractions that you can explore.
Perito Moreno Glacier
The Los Glaciares National Park at Patagonia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a tourist hub thanks to its popular glaciers. The beautiful Perito Moreno Glacier is a colossal ice formation that is 30 kilometers long. It is the third-largest freshwater reserve in the world. The national park is about two hours away from El Calafate town. From there, it is a short walk to the poplar glacier. There are many tours for ice trekking too for climbing the glacier.
Mendoza is one of Argentina’s most beautiful cities. This city is filled with Art Deco architecture, scenic wineries, and olive groves. Mendoza is popular with both outdoor and wine enthusiasts. Along with wine tasting, hiking the top of the 6,960-meter-tall Aconcagua Mountain, white-water rafting, and under-the-stars camping are the most popular tourist activities here. The city also has many other attractions, including a number of museums and annual festivals, as well as a bustling central market rich in fresh, produces and eateries, named the Mercado Central.
Puerto Madryn and the Valdés Peninsula
Nestled on the coast of Patagonian, the stunning city of Puerto Madryn is located at Golfo Nuevo with a view of the shores. Its coastline is rugged and clear. You can enjoy water sports on this emerald water. Being rich in diverse wildlife, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Valdez Peninsula is any nature lover’s dream. Guided tours to this nature reserve will give an all-in-one place chance to see whales, sea lions, elephant seals, orcas, and various migratory shorebirds, particularly Magellanic penguins.