Flying versus vegetarian diet
A meat-based diet is associated with high CO2 emissions from livestock and feed production. A change to a more plant-based diet is absolutely necessary to achieve climate protection goals. Changing eating habits requires a high level of personal commitment in order to overcome ingrained behavioral patterns.
With the help of the UBA CO2-Calculator a saving of 440 kg CO2-equivalent could be calculated, which results from the change of mixed food diet to vegetarian diet for one year. This is a saving of 26 % compared to the unchanged dietary habit.
A round-trip flight from Frankfurt to London would completely offset this achievement. This is a relatively small intra-European flight, with a total distance of only 1,260 km. This example is intended to illustrate the overall impact of flights on the individual carbon footprint.
Further examples will follow and can be found on this page: https://flyingless.de/fliegen-und-nachhaltige-lebensweisen.