Emissions from aviation are rising more rapidly than any other sector of the economy. The number of aircraft and the number of passenger-kilometres flown is expected to double over the next 20 years – entailing hundreds of new airports or runways around the world. This could cause the greenhouse gas emissions from aviation to increase four- to eight-fold by 2050.

Less than 10% of the world’s population has ever sat in an aircraft. This goes at the expense of others: residents exposed to noise and particle pollution from the planes, local ecosystems, future generations and of those in the Global South who are already bearing the brunt of the impacts of the climate crisis.

The aviation industry has announced its intention to become greener in the future. But its strategies don’t deliver on their promises and distract from a necessary reduction of air travel and airport expansion.

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