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These Moms Are Campaigning For 100,000 People To Give Up Flying For 2019 To Reduce Carbon Emissions

Two Swedish moms have given up flying to reduce carbon emissions and are hoping that 100,000 others will join them for 2019.

Much of what we do here on Earth is damaging the planet, and in all honesty, we haven't been doing much about it. Only now are we starting to look at what we have done and are trying to make it right. Finding alternatives to plastic, recycling more, and adapting to the use of renewable energy sources.

The trouble is, most of us have likely had the thought of what's the point in one of us doing something. As we stand there each week sorting through our six different recycling bins, it hits us that in reality, one person can't make enough difference to save the world. What you have to hope is that everyone is doing the same as you are, and maybe even more.

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That's what these two moms from Sweden will be hoping anyway. Maja Rosen and Lotta Hammar have given up taking flights. In fact, the former stopped using airplanes ten years ago. Not because they have a fear of flying or nowhere to go, but because of the damage air travel does to the environment. As reported by BBC, in 2019 Maja and Lotta want 100,000 fellow Swedes to give up air travel along with them.

It's a big ask but as you can see from the video above, 10,000 Swedes have already joined their plight, including some of the country's more famous faces. When you see some of the numbers involved, it's understandable why Lotta and Maja are trying to do something. In 2017, around 4 billion people traveled somewhere by plane, and that number is only going to rise. By 2036, experts believe it will double.

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On the downside, even if the Swedes reach their ambitious goal, Johan Norberg of the Cato Insitute has pointed out that it would merely be a drop in the ocean. Norberg stated that if 100,000 Swedes were to give up taking planes entirely, it would make little difference as the number of new passengers taking to the air in Asia in a single day is three times that amount. If Lotta and Maja really want to make a difference, then clearly they need to take their no-fly campaign to Asia.

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Posted by BBC News on Wednesday, November 28, 2018

It's a big ask but as you can see from the video above, 10,000 Swedes have already joined their plight, including some of the country's more famous faces. When you see some of the numbers involved, it's understandable why Lotta and Maja are trying to do something. In 2017, around 4 billion people traveled somewhere by plane, and that number is only going to rise. By 2036, experts believe it will double.

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On the downside, even if the Swedes reach their ambitious goal, Johan Norberg of the Cato Insitute has pointed out that it would merely be a drop in the ocean. Norberg stated that if 100,000 Swedes were to give up taking planes entirely, it would make little difference as the number of new passengers taking to the air in Asia in a single day is three times that amount. If Lotta and Maja really want to make a difference, then clearly they need to take their no-fly campaign to Asia.

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