Climate change and travel have been on the lips of most Londoners this week thanks to the Extinction Revolt protest group at present camped out in Oxford Circus, Marble Arch, Waterloo Bridge and Parliament Sq..

So as to escalate the protest Extinction Rebel introduced plans to disrupt London’s rail and tube strains in the present day, a transfer which Sadiq Khan stated in a Twitter statement would “damage the cause for all of us who want to tackle climate change.”

The Swedes in the meantime have wholeheartedly embraced their rail network. SJ, Sweden’s nationwide rail service, reported a report 32 million clients last yr. The corporate attributes “the big interest in climate-smart travel” to its unprecedented progress.

16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg. (REUTERS)

Flying, however, has grow to be virtually taboo because of its adverse influence on the surroundings. And, in typical Scandinavian fashion (see hygge, lagom and so on), they have created a roster of latest words to describe this antipathy: “flygskam” (flying disgrace), “tagskryt” (practice bragging) and “smygflyga” (flying in secret).

The transfer away from air travel was spearheaded by teen activist Greta Thunberg, who single-handedly kicked off the scholar local weather strikes after boycotting faculty as soon as every week to increase consciousness for climate change. Thunberg refuses to fly and travelled by practice to the World Economic Forum in Davos and the local weather summit in Poland, while 1500 delegates flew in by personal jet.

Swedavia AB, which operates 10 Swedish airports together with those in Stockholm and Gothenburg, has seen year-on-year passenger numbers drop for seven consecutive months. In 2018 the company reported its weakest general passenger progress in a decade.

As ever, social media is enjoying a considerable part in turning the tide of opinion towards air travel. One anonymous Swedish Instagram account has amassed greater than 60,000 followers for shaming influencers promoting journeys to far-flung destinations and the hash tag #StayOnTheGround has been trending on twitter.

However it’s not simply the Swedes racked with guilt about their carbon footprints. The Finnish have invented the phrase “lentohapea”, the Dutch say “vliegschaamte” and the Germans “flugscham”, all referring to a sense of disgrace around flying.

In contrast, in the UK, plans continue for a 3rd runway at Heathrow regardless of the airport already being the most important single supply of CO2 emissions within the UK and claims that a third runway would trigger aviation emissions to rise by four.9 million tonnes by 2030.