Recently, I have found myself thinking of the sacrifices that I make for the “enviornment” (for lack of a better term).
As most people know, climate change is a serious problem for the world and the human influence is pretty undenaiable. The largest contributor being carbon dioxide. So, in that pretext, I try to minimize my ecological footprint as much as possible. The biggest thing that a single person can do is to reduce the amount of transportation-related fossile fuels they burn. Consequently, I refrain from flying. But sometimes I ask myself, “why?”
So many of my friends are flying around the world for 1-or-2-week vacations and are really enjoying them. I, on the other hand, cannot really justify dumping all of that pollution into the atmosphere that would result to fly myself around the world for just a few days. Recently, I have been asking myself the question : What is the point of denying myself these pleasures that so many otheres enjoy? To be honest, I don’t have an answer to that question.
It is my failure to be able to answer that question that has had me quaivering recently. Additionally, I know that since the availability of fossil fuels is at its all time peak (“Peak Oil”) starting within the next few years will start to decrease, air travel will become greatly more expensive and generally less available. So why shouldn’t I go flying around the world to my heart’s content? I have the disponsable income and the free time do to so? Since I love travelling, wouldn’t it be smarted to do all the flying around and travelling now, while airfares are still cheap.
Does not doing so make me stupid for not taking advantages of the opportunities in front of me? Or does it make me a model human being for restraining myself for the betterment of the Earth for future generations?