Sarah Faith is a content and values writer at activist travel company, Responsible Travel.
Book a flight and you’ll usually get the option to pay to offset your carbon emissions. In essence, your contribution funds tree planting and other projects intended to counterbalance the carbon you emit.
It’s a clever marketing ploy. But carbon offsets are a dangerous distraction from the need to reduce emissions.
While global aviation emissions almost halved during the pandemic, they are predicted to reach pre-pandemic levels by the end of this year. In fact, they’re on track to rise a further 25 per cent by 2030 – with disastrous consequences for nature and climate vulnerable communities.
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