2020, Journalistic Reporting

Yes, Your Traveling is Ruining our Planet. But Don’t Stop Now

GRACE BUONO

During my gap year between high school and coming to Georgetown, my air travel alone in nine months accounted for roughly four average household emissions for a single-family home in my Chicago neighborhood. Grappling with the impact I managed to leave on the planet after just a single year, I was left with one question: given our current climate crisis, is travel morally justified? This article attempts to answer that question through research and moral frameworks. Meant to function not only as a piece of published journalism, but a persuasive read, I conclude that it can often take seeing the world to commit to saving it.

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