Climate Change and The Aviation Industry: The Silent Contributor

The world is a global village as we can get to wherever we want to go with the advent of air transportation. Visiting a new country is everyone dreams and if your pocket is large enough, you get to travel as many times as you desire or duty calls. This has caused us to fly even more.

On the overall, the aviation industry accounts for 11% of all transportation-related emission in the United States and according to some estimates, there are over 20,000 aircraft all over the world servicing over 3 billion people. This is said to increase to 50,000 planes by 2040 and are expected to fly even more.

If we are really committed to keeping our planet’s temperature below the tipping point of 20C then we need to start to throw some cautions to the aviation sector.

On average, a plane produces a little over 0.02 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per mile. This multiplied by the number of flights in Nigeria alone is worrisome not to talk of global figures. The most effective way to reduce your carbon footprint is to fly less often. If everyone took fewer flights, airline companies wouldn’t burn as much jet fuel.


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