When air travel becomes a shameful act

As environmental awareness grows in Germany and other parts of Europe, 'flight shame' is catching on but it is not always easy to give up on the convenience of flying

BERLIN • It's a neologism from the climate age - "Flugscham", a combination of the German words for "flight" and "shame".

The pithy new term expresses a feeling of embarrassment for hopping on a plane to get from A to B. Why? Because of the carbon dioxide footprint one is leaving behind.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 04, 2019, with the headline 'When air travel becomes a shameful act'. Subscribe