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Opportunities to Make a Difference

Option #1

Tell your representative to pass a carbon fee and dividend!

Potential talking points

We need bolder action to avoid a climate tipping point

Please do all you can to pass a carbon fee and dividend

It's transparent, delivers emission reductions and most Americans come out ahead

Option #2

Make your travel more sustainable and climate friendly.

  • Take a few long trips instead of lots of short ones
  • Travel more regionally
  • Research climate or environmental challenges impacting your destination
  • Use high speed rail or electric cars wherever possible
  • Eat locally available ingredients
  • Buy reputable offsets for all your flights
  • Avoid peak season

Show Notes

Reason for Hope

Recently, heads of state from different countries in Africa gathered for the continent’s first official climate summit.

Africa says its ready to lead on clean energy initiatives, but that wealthy nations need to follow through on their financial commitments including $100 billion per year for climate finance.

Some of the biggest African economies did not attend, including Egypt, South Africa, Nigeria, and Ethiopia.


At Africa’s First Climate Summit, a Clear Call to the World: Invest in Us - The New York Times (

Main Topic

Legislative tools to cut travel's emissions

Carbon fee and dividend

  • Canada has one
  • Puts a fee on fossil fuels
  • Gives proceeds to consumers to deal with rising cost of goods
  • Most consumers come out ahead

Frequent flyer levy

  • An increasing fee vs. flat tax avoids punishing lower income travelers
  • Roughly 2% of airline customers are voluntarily paying for carbon offsets

Impact of lost tourism income for Maui

  • Tourism accounts for about 40% of economy
  • State economic officials estimate that the island is seeing about 4,250 fewer visitors each day than normal, representing a loss of $9 million a day


How carbon pricing works -

There Needs to Be a Climate Tax for Frequent Fliers | Time

Tourists Were Told to Avoid Maui. Many Workers Want Them Back. - The New York Times (