Aviation Industry to Oppose 'Flight Shaming' Movement

2019-11-09

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  • Leaders in the aviation industry plan to launch a campaign they hope will work against what they call a "flight shaming" movement.
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  • They say flight shaming has weakened demand for air travel in Europe.
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  • Some travelers there are increasingly concerned about the effects flying has on the environment.
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  • Activists, such as Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, have been calling for greater action against climate change.
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  • That includes avoiding air travel.
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  • The International Air Transport Association (IATA) represents nearly 300 airlines.
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  • The group is organizing the campaign, which will involve industry investors.
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  • Alexandre de Juniac is head of IATA.
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  • He told Reuters, "We will launch a very, very big campaign...to explain what we have done, what we are doing, and what we intend to do in the future."
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  • The campaign will try to explain to the public how the industry is reducing its effect on the environment.
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  • It is a response to what de Juniac called "misleading information."
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  • IATA is organizing the plan through the Air Transport Action Group, a group of aviation industry organizations and companies.
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  • De Juniac did not say when the campaign would start.
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  • But he noted that details would be available to investors across the industry, including airports and airlines.
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  • Flight shaming has affected air travel demand in many European countries, including Britain, France and Germany.
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  • Commercial flying is estimated to cause about 2.5 percent of worldwide carbon emissions.
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  • However, that number could rise as worldwide air travel increases.
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  • The aviation industry says it has already cut carbon emissions for each plane traveler by one-half since 1990.
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  • The improvements are mainly the result of aircraft that use fuel more effectively.
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  • The industry plans to cut emissions further by 2050.
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  • It has a goal of stopping the growth of carbon emissions by 2020.
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  • Airlines also have warned of the harmful effects of the flight shaming movement.
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  • Some have criticized the industry for failing to explain itself.
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  • Tim Clark is president of the airline Emirates.
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  • He said in October that the industry had to do a better job in dealing with the issue.
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  • He added that improvements in technology have reduced the environmental effects of passenger airplanes.
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  • I'm Jonathan Evans.
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  • Leaders in the aviation industry plan to launch a campaign they hope will work against what they call a "flight shaming" movement. They say flight shaming has weakened demand for air travel in Europe. Some travelers there are increasingly concerned about the effects flying has on the environment.
  • 2
  • Activists, such as Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, have been calling for greater action against climate change. That includes avoiding air travel.
  • 3
  • The International Air Transport Association (IATA) represents nearly 300 airlines. The group is organizing the campaign, which will involve industry investors.
  • 4
  • Alexandre de Juniac is head of IATA. He told Reuters, "We will launch a very, very big campaign...to explain what we have done, what we are doing, and what we intend to do in the future."
  • 5
  • The campaign will try to explain to the public how the industry is reducing its effect on the environment. It is a response to what de Juniac called "misleading information."
  • 6
  • IATA is organizing the plan through the Air Transport Action Group, a group of aviation industry organizations and companies.
  • 7
  • De Juniac did not say when the campaign would start. But he noted that details would be available to investors across the industry, including airports and airlines.
  • 8
  • Flight shaming has affected air travel demand in many European countries, including Britain, France and Germany.
  • 9
  • Commercial flying is estimated to cause about 2.5 percent of worldwide carbon emissions. However, that number could rise as worldwide air travel increases.
  • 10
  • The aviation industry says it has already cut carbon emissions for each plane traveler by one-half since 1990. The improvements are mainly the result of aircraft that use fuel more effectively. The industry plans to cut emissions further by 2050. It has a goal of stopping the growth of carbon emissions by 2020.
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  • Airlines also have warned of the harmful effects of the flight shaming movement. Some have criticized the industry for failing to explain itself.
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  • Tim Clark is president of the airline Emirates. He said in October that the industry had to do a better job in dealing with the issue. He added that improvements in technology have reduced the environmental effects of passenger airplanes.
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  • I'm Jonathan Evans.
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  • Ahmed Hagagy reported this story for the Reuters news agency. Jonathan Evans adapted it for Learning English. Mario Ritter Jr. was the editor.
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  • Words in This Story
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  • aviation -n. the business of flying aircraft
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  • intend -v. to plan or want to do something
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  • commercial -adj. related to business and making money
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  • emissions -n. (plural) substances released into the air