I think it is about time that those of us who claim to be working toward sensible climate futures try to reduce how much we travel to do so. Academic travel also has embedded justice implications: those from developed settings tend to have more funding for travel (as well as offsetting its impacts); those without family responsibilities more freedom. Travel is career building, there is no doubt, but there are more important things. I pledge to be more selective and transparent about the travel that I undertake, and that I otherwise influence in the name of my research.
2019 travel footprint
- February – did not attend Leverage Points in Leuphana, Germany, as originally intended, but sent PDF
- March – flight Halifax to Ottawa, train Ottawa to Montreal, flight Montreal to Halifax. I was able to combine business at the Australian Consulate in Ottawa with a big NSERC site visit in Montreal.
- May – did not attend Energy Research & Social Science in Tempe, Arizona, as originally intended, but sent Masters student instead
- June – return flight to Appleton, Wisconsin, for ISSRM and later in the month return flight to Montreal, from which I’m taking Amtrak to Saratoga Springs for IVSA