On Wednesday the 7th of February Oxford Climate Society had the pleasure of hosting Professor Dieter Helm, Chairman of the Natural Capital Committee and Professor of Energy Policy at Oxford University, for a talk on natural capital and climate change.
Students are notorious travellers. The summer holidays witness thousands of university students making the pilgrimage abroad to gain a rare glimpse of the sun, find themselves in foreign cultures or undertake charity work to improve employability. We are travelling more than ever before, staying away for longer and spending more money: students now represent 20% of international tourism and the number is increasing faster than any other age group.
With travel becoming increasingly affordable and countless CV opportunities boasting overseas courses, our carbon footprint is rocketing skywards. Flying contributes a significant amount to this as 20,000 planes carry over 3 billion passengers every year. A round trip from New York to California alone generates the same amount of greenhouse gases as the average car produces in over 2 months. As air travel becomes ever more frequent the numbers are set to rise.
Dr Marco Springmann is the James Martin Fellow, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food. His current research aims to assess the impacts of climate change, economic development and changing dietary habits on the global food system, and to analyse the effects of current and future policy approaches. We invited Dr Springmann to speak as part of this term’s series to hear his views on the future of food.
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