The summer holidays are basically here, and it has never been more easy or convenient to travel unsustainably. Nonetheless, there is a growing number of UU students and employees which are opting for more mindful alternatives, and Tiemen Wagenvoort is one of them!
How does one go from the Netherlands to Japan and back, while crossing countries like Russia, Mongolia, China, and South Korea, without taking a single flight? Read Tiemen’s story below to find out.
The flying pandemic
Flying is often the cheapest, most convenient, most taken-for-granted travel method, while also being the most polluting. While the impact of the average person’s flying habits might be lower than some of their other life choices, the impact of flying is proportional to the distance you fly (Source: The Hidden Impact, Babette Porcelijn). If you fly often, you may therefore be surprised by the proportion of your carbon footprint that is taken up by flying. To measure this, you can use the very handy Hidden Impact quiz (in Dutch).
Being an ecologist and simultaneously flying may be perceived by many as hypocritical, but it is also very hard to take travelling out of our modern lives. An easy solution would be to reduce your flights to a specific destination and simply spend more time when you are there. Alternatively, you can opt for more sustainable modes of travel. We know what you are thinking, and the answer is no, this doesn’t only apply to destinations like Berlin and Paris.