Need for the very rich to publicise how they plan…

Need for the very rich to publicise how they plan…

Private jets are used, more than one might imagine, by the rich, famous and people high up in politics and business. The emissions generated are huge, and are widely seen as an incongruous anomaly, in a world where most people have woken up to the perils of increasing carbon emissions for life in coming decades and centuries.  Those who support the use of private jets may claim it is not a real issue, and what has to change is better technology and different political frameworks.  But there is a real problem in that many in our societies are influenced, in how they live their own lives, by how they see the rich and famous behaving. The “jet set” lifestyle is sold to people as something positive, to aspire to.  Academic researcher, Steve Westlake, writes that leaders who maintain high-carbon lifestyles undermine trust and reduce everyone’s willingness to change their own behaviour – and this slows down the fight against climate change. Positive examples of low-carbon behaviour, especially by high-profile people, can have the effect of encouraging low-carbon behaviour in many people. The users of private jets etc could start to publicise measures they are taking to de-carbonise their own lifestyles. . Tweet   Why billionaires should take the lead and declare their own emissions cutting targets January 19, 2024 By Steve Westlake, Research Fellow, Climate Leadership, Cardiff University Disclosure statement: Steve Westlake receives funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), part of UKRI.  Cardiff University provides funding as a founding partner of The Conversation UK. The annual glitzy gathering of world leaders and billionaire CEOs in Davos, Switzerland, allows us to marvel once again at the environment-wrecking effects of private jets and lavish lifesty

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