Aviation is the Achilles Heel of Travel & Tourism
Airlines emit 80% of the travel and tourism sector's greenhouse gasses and air travel is growing at 5% per year. As other industries reduce their carbon emissions aviation will account for ever-larger shares of global emissions. more
There is no guilt-free way to fly.
So what can you do?
This has been very popular as a way of addressing carbon emissions, particularly from aircraft. It is cheap and enables the aviation industry to continue with business as usual. There are similarities between buying offsets and buying medieval pardons. This video will amuse you
It is good to plant trees and fund clean cookstoves. But doing this does not cancel out your emissions. The urgent need is to reduce emissions, there is no guilt-free way to fly. Off-sets are a "dangerous distraction". As George Monbiot has said: “Buying and selling carbon offsets is like pushing the food around on your plate to create the impression that you have eaten it.” This is mitigation deterrence. more
"If offsetting is deemed to have equivalence with mitigation, the incentive to move to lower-carbon technologies, behaviours and practices is reduced accordingly." Read Professor Kevin Anderson on the inconvenient truth of carbon offsets
There are many reasons why offsetting is undesirable – as UNEP points out they are not a get out of jail free card
There is more on off-setting here
Choosing how to travel
BBC Should you fly, drive or take the train?