As world leaders met in Paris to discuss global warming, the New York Times featured advice about how to make a personal difference.
- Global climate: it’s complicated. Any long-term solution will require profound changes in how we generate energy. At the same time, there are everyday things that you can do to reduce your personal contribution to a warming planet. Here are seven simple guidelines on how your choices today affect the climate tomorrow.
- - What You Can do About Climate Change, Josh Katz and Jennifer Daniel, NYT, Dec. 2, 2015
Noting that flying is problematic, one recommendation is to not fly first class:
- Remember that annual carbon budget we talked about? One round-trip flight between New York and Los Angeles, and it’s all gone. Fliers can reduce their footprint somewhat by traveling in economy class. First-class seats take up more room, which means more flights for the same number of people. On average, a first-class seat is two and a half times more detrimental to the environment than coach.
Later in the same issue, Etihad Airways had a different suggestion for readers of the Times: