Flying Shame: Vox Guilt-Trips Air Travelers Over Climate Impact

NewsBusters | 8/7/2019 | Staff
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Global demand for air travel is rising, so Vox celebrated a way to shame passengers for flying because of climate change for the second time in a week.

Vox staff writer Umair Irfan promoted the “global flying shame movement” and a new website, Shame Plane, on August 7. Swedish digital designer Victor Müller and developer Dennis Mårtensson created the site to guilt-trip travelers over the carbon emissions of their flights.

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Inspired by Swedish climate-change activist Greta Thunberg, Müller initially crunched the numbers because of “his own anxieties about climate change,” and found his flight carbon footprint “shocking and paralyzing.”

Irfan wrote another article about the Swedish flight shaming movement less than a week earlier.

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Müller’s website includes a calculator to determine a passenger’s carbon footprint and compares that to “individual actions that reduce emissions” over the course of one year. Possible actions, including using LED bulbs and giving up driving, are listed.

“Playing with the calculator, the impact of flying becomes clear. It also shows that reducing air travel is one of the most effective ways to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions,” Irfan wrote.

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Comparing it to other calculators, he praised Müller’s because it “zeroes in on what’s often the largest single contributor to an individual’s impact on the climate...
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