Wednesday 14 October 5.30pm-6.30pm
The world urgently needs to cut carbon emissions from flying, and a frequent flyer levy is one idea that’s being proposed to do this.
Taxing frequent and long-distance flying would ensure that the wealthy minority of frequent flyers pay more than the majority who don’t fly often. It’s estimated, for example, that 1% of English residents are responsible for nearly a fifth of all flights abroad.
A frequent flyer levy is strongly supported by the new Climate Assembly UK of UK citizens created to explore how the country can reduce its greenhouse emissions to net zero by 2050.
Climate action group Possible is leading the way in lobbying government to introduce a levy. On Wednesday 14 October, 5.30pm-6.30pm, it is hosting an online discussion about the frequent flyer levy, and tactics for encouraging the government to introduce it. You can register here to join the discussion.
Another idea is to give everyone in the UK air miles. The level can be set by scientists (though no doubt ultimately by politicians) based on what we need to keep emissions down. Those who do not fly can sell their air miles to those who want to fly more.