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

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Questions are also being raised about the consumption of meat that requires mass livestock farming or a desire for exotic fruits and vegetables that have to be shipped or flown from far away.

While Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg is currently the star of the moment and credited with raising awareness on the environmental costs of flying, the push for a greener lifestyle came much earlier in Germany.

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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