When North South Travel was founded in the 1981, air travel was taking off in a big way, and the dangers of climate change barely recognised. Mass air travel was seen as a way of bringing the world together and increas-ing global understanding, hence the North-South name.
Nobody could deny that flying brings huge benefits to host countries, especially in the developing world. But we are critically aware of the environmental dangers posed by the rapid growth in air traffic, which is globally acknowledged to be the fastest growing and most harmful cause of climate change. The average seat on a round-trip flight from London to Cape Town, for example, produces 2.8 tonnes of carbon dioxide. That's per seat, not per flight, amounting to more than 900 tonnes of CO2 from a 747. That's an awfully big volume of greenhouse gas from one return flight.
If you have to fly, we hope you’ll do so with North South Travel. If you’d like to help offset your emissions, and learn more about the issues, please visit climatecare.org, where you can quickly calculate the carbon footprint of your trip and easily pay the relevant offsets – money which is used to pay for technologies that reduce reliance on fossil fuels in developing countries, such as low-energy light bulbs and heat-conserving cooking stoves.
If you want to do more about climate change, why not sign up to the 10:10 campaign, pledging to reduce your personal, household or business emissions by ten percent?