MarketWatch is reporting that some 1,500 private jets are expected at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where attendees are discussing “safeguarding our planet” from climate change. The article notes:
Air travel comes with a hefty carbon footprint, generating greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Davos attendees will have an opportunity to discuss that issue in depth, with “Safeguarding our Planet” the title of one of the panel sessions scheduled for Tuesday. “The World Economic Forum Climate Initiative provides a global platform to help raise ambition and accelerate climate action,” according to the WEF. “Public- and private-sector collaboration is essential to create a marketplace that will enable dramatic reductions in emissions and build resilience.”
If these people truly believe that climate change is a serious problem, why don’t they alter their own behavior? Turns out it’s a case of one-upmanship:
“There appears to be a trend towards larger aircraft, with expensive heavy jets the aircraft of choice,” Christie said. “This is at least in part due to some of the long distances travelled, but also possibly due to business rivals not wanting to be seen to be outdone by one another.”
I guess outdoing your business rivals is more important than saving the planet. Actions speak louder than words.