Over half of Brits say that Covid-19 associated journey restrictions made them extra acutely aware of their environmental footprint this summer time. That’s in accordance with a survey of 1,000 UK adults by specialist caravan insurer, Ripe Insurance coverage, which seems to be at how vacation habits have been impacted by the pandemic and subsequent lockdown.
The analysis discovered that 62% of respondents have needed to cancel a overseas vacation this yr, with the typical individual cancelling two journeys every. Consequently, virtually 9 in 10 took a staycation as an alternative and plan to take action once more in future. Amongst these, 15% stayed in a caravan for the primary time ever.
What’s extra, round three million folks throughout the UK used public transport to journey to their staycation vacation spot this summer time. The environmental affect of cancelled journeys has been monumental. Round half (49%) of deliberate journeys in 2020 have been to Spain. The common flight from London to Malaga emits round 0.6 tonnes of carbon. Every return flight requires three new timber (planted and grown for 10 years) to offset it.
In 2019 alone, UK residents took 18.1 million journeys to Spain, that means 54.4 million new timber have been wanted to offset they carbon emitted. That’s sufficient to fill 61,704 soccer pitches or three-quarters of the complete Isle of Man. Nevertheless, an space the equal to only 19,034 soccer pitches was planted within the UK final yr. In contrast, you can make 4 return practice journeys from Edinburgh to St. Ives earlier than needing to plant one tree.
John Woosey, founder and managing director of Ripe Insurance coverage commented: “It goes with out saying that this summer time hasn’t turned out as deliberate, particularly in relation to journey. Cancelling a break with household and buddies will all the time be disappointing and has hit many individuals laborious. Nevertheless, journey restrictions – and due to this fact the massive improve in folks taking staycations – have had some silver linings for the wellbeing of the planet, as these findings spotlight. The massive discount in carbon emissions this yr is definitely one. However we must also be heartened by the potential for a long-term ‘greener’ angle change amongst the British public for years to return.”