Charlebois: Forget flight shaming — how about food shaming?

By Sylvain Charlebois, Ottawa Citizen, January 6, 2020

Move over flight shaming. In 2020, we may see environmentalists target a new group of individuals: Overeaters.

For months now, some have taken to social media to spread their concern about choices made when travelling. Environmentalists have targeted several means of travel, especially by plane, using guilt and public shaming to get people to think differently about their lifestyle.

Even if air travel is responsible for less than two per cent of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, discrediting those who travel by plane is a continuing practice. Air travel does emit GHGs, but this industry is far from being the worse culprit, and many travellers have no other option but to fly to reach their destination. Studies have suggested that reducing the number of flights could lower our carbon footprint. Perhaps, although in some cases, weaponizing science to support a social movement or political campaign has lead to contentious debate.

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