Flying. It’s convenient and quick but let’s face it – it’s a big environmental headache. And worldwide ecological conferences aren’t helping in that matter.
As argued by my editor, Claudio Ruch, in the above linked article, we have to sometimes look beyond the carbon footprint to see what value we’re getting. After all, if there hadn’t been a global conference, I would still be sitting in Switzerland and Samuel Pickard in the United Kingdom, we would have never met and there would have been no extraordinary story to report.
However, since all that was just conjecture and I did attend the World Resources Forum in Beijing, I had the chance to hear Samuel’s story. A PhD student at the University of Leeds. Mr Pickard is working on low carbon electricity generation and he also moderated, and presented, at the conference. But wanting to experience this conference more fully, and perhaps because he’s interested in low carbon technologies, Mr Pickard decided not to fly but to travel from Leeds to Beijing by train!
Discover more about his adventure in this interview as well as on his adventure’s blog that invites all of us to think about our way of travelling. So let’s do this.
Find out more about his trip on his blog.You’ll also find his calculation of his journey’s footprint.