January 11th, 2017
Contributing writer for Wake Up World
As someone who lives to travel, the reality of jet transportation and the severe effect it has on the planet is never far from my mind. Over the years, I’ve curbed my wanderlust and have stayed rooted for increasingly longer stretches of time. I’ve even fantasized about true eco-friendly modes of travel, like long-distance biking highways free of cars, wind-powered cruise ships and high-tech trains that run on alternative energy.
While I doubt we’ll be seeing any of these innovations any time soon — the infrastructure would be expensive to build and unlikely to be made a priority in our car-obsessed culture — something that could become a reality in the not-so-distant future is significant improvements in aviation technology, which dramatically lower airplane fuel consumption and pollution.
After reading the statistics on the environmental impact of jet travel, I’ve seriously considered ditching it altogether, packing my young daughter into a bike trailer and setting off on a long-distance bicycle ride from Montana, United States down to our new home in Central Mexico — similar to what this Canadian family did on their way to Costa Rica. But most people (myself included) don’t have the time, inclination or physical strength to embark on such an adventure, so air travel inevitably wins out in the end.
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