With all UK flights grounded for second day due to the volcanic ash from Iceland many are wondering what sort of effect the situation will have on the economy. Transportation of goods, especially perishable ones, is obviously an issue.
The reduction of flights has meant that stranded passengers have begun to use other modes of travel. The BBC Web site states that Eurostar trains reported a complete sell-out of its services to Brussels and Paris for the second day on Friday. For those who can’t find alternative travel they will have to stay where they are for now. Many a business meeting has has to be cancelled and as with other situations that are out of our control (e.g. the weather, pandemics etc.) people begin to look at other alternatives to travel.
Of course we all know that aviation is one of the biggest contributors to our CO2 emission problem. Despite work on greener fuel it is quite likely that we are all going to have to travel less in the future.
Green Thing, a public service that inspires people to lead a greener life, has recently released a great video encouraging people to videoconference more. The video ties in with their ‘stay grounded’ suggestion – one of seven things they say you can do to live a greener life. The video stars Fay Ripley and is both funny and relevant. Have a watch!