Air travel is cheap because no account is taken either by government or the airlines of the ecological damage that it is causing. On current forecasts, UK emissions from air travel will exceed those from all other forms of travel by 2025.
Polly Toynbee states that "the demand for more and more air travel is never-ending ... we all want to fly". That may be true. But how are we to face our grandchildren if we do not make sufficiently drastic reductions in our fossil fuel-based activities to pass over the planet to them in at least as wholesome a state as we had it passed on to us?
Dr MAYER HILLMAN
Senior Fellow Emeritus
Policy Studies Institute
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