Plane and simple: Why flying to work is no longer an option

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Plane and simple: Why flying to work is no longer an option

A travel writer tries to give up his addiction to planes

Michael Kerr

I’m trying to give up taking the plane to work. That’s why I turned down an invitation to fly to New York last month to write about the maiden voyage of a cruise ship. A cruise ship with a helicopter on board.

I have friends who will tell me I’m mad for not going. And I have friends who will tell me I’m mad for having taken this long to realise I shouldn’t be going. I know now which ones I should be listening to.

I’m old enough to have worked in newspapers during the transition from pages set in lead to pages scrolled on screen; I learnt basic code to build my first website. I’ve long prided myself on being an early adopter of (useful) new technology. But I have to confess to being a shamefully late adaptor to climate change...

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