(NewsReady.com) – A heat wave swept across many parts of the world this summer, decimating crops and killing people. Conversations about climate change were a hot topic as a result. A survey taken over the summer indicated a shocking number of French citizens want to strictly limit air travel as a result.
The research firm Consumer Science and Analytics Institute (CSA) asked French citizens if they thought there should be a limit on the number of flights someone can take in a lifetime. Engineer Jean-Marc Jancovici suggested people should only be allowed to take four flights throughout their lives.
According to the survey, 41% of respondents said they were in favor of limiting it to four flights. The number was even higher for people between the ages of 18 and 35; 48% said they wanted to limit the flights to four. A surprising 59% of 18 to 24-year-olds were in favor.
CSA surveyed more than 1,000 French residents. Overall, 64% of respondents said they were willing to limit their air travel if it would help combat climate change. France previously banned short-haul commercial flights that can be completed on a train in 2.5 hours or less. The government didn’t include private flights in the ban.
As a result, France had to eliminate three air routes. The European Federation for Transport and Environment claimed that getting rid of those three routes would reduce pollution by 0.3%. However, Joe Dardenne, the aviation director of the organization, called the ban on the routes a “symbolic move” that wouldn’t have much of an impact on the reduction of emissions.
Jancovici’s suggestion of limiting flights to four per lifetime would create major problems for people who travel for business, especially if they go back and forth to the US or another country. It seems highly unlikely a policy like that would pass and go into effect any time soon. For now, it remains a dream for climate change activists.
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