Climate CV

PREAMBLE

Many of us are aware of the fact that flying is one of the main contributors to the global climate breakdown. Still, many of us fly. Especially we as scientists have – ostensibly – various reasons to fly: We fly to conferences to present talks or posters, we are invited to present our work as keynote speakers, or we simply meet with fellow scientists to discuss future grant proposals. All in the knowing that this behaviour is highly problematic, resulting in a climate footprint that is beyond any scale of sustainability.

Hier sehen Sie ein Bild mit einem Fahrrad und dem Hashtag #bikesforfuture.Bildrechte: www.colourbox.de

The idea of this climate CV originated from discussions in the research group “Environmental Psychology” located at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany. We invite scientists of all disciplines to think about their behaviour, and to create, provide, and discuss their own climate CV.

Ein Bild auf dem Ein Zug  abgebildet ist und der Hashtag #TrainsNotPlanesBildrechte: www.colourbox.de

With being transparent in our own ranks, we hope to contribute to a society that questions the necessity of flying.

We also hope to contribute to a shift in mental as well as material infrastructures that make scientific meetings more compatible with strong sustainability concerns and our meta-goal of decreasing emissions.

Hier sehen Sie ein Bild mit einem Flugzeug und einem darüber liegenden Verbotsschild. Im Bild steht der Hashtag: #flyingless.Bildrechte: www.colourbox.de

 

illustrations adapted from: www.colourbox.de

 

(updated: May 2019)

My journey to flying less and this climate CV

This story is a very personal one. If you are interested you can download and read through my thoughts about this journey (German only).

Emissions from conferences, workshops, research stays

(updated: May 2019)

Within The table below you can find conferences, meetings, talks and scientific stays I did since I started to work as research associate in the working group on environmental psychology at the University of Koblenz-Landau..

Overall I travelled about 7360 km for scientific reasons since November 2017 and until May 2019 resulting in greenhouse gas emissions of approximately 280 kg CO2 equivalents. This compares to emissions from flying by airplane for approximately 1600 kg.

 

Year|Month

Destination

Reason

Distance (round trip) and
mode of transportation

Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 equivalents)

 

2018|4

Karlsruhe, Germany

KIT Workshop Qualitative Data Research

456 kmby train

17,3 kg

2018|5

Landau, Germany

Workshop for PhD Students (DoTa)

530 km by train

20,1 kg

2018|5

Elmstein, Germany

IPU Workshop (Future Lab)

592 km by train

22,5 kg

2018|6

Isle of Vilm, Germany

Vilm Summerschool on Environmental Psychology

2220 km by train

and by ferry

83,6 kg

2018|9

Freiburg, Germany

Meta-Analysis Method Workshop

250 km by train

9,5 kg

2018|11

Jena, Germany

Postwachstumskolleg, Basic Income Workshop

1100 km by car
(with 4 fellow passengers)

41,8 kg

2019|02

Lüneburg, Germany

Leverage Points Conference

1610 km by train

20 kg

2019|02

Zurich, Switzerland

IPU Congress

150 km by train

5,7 kg

2019|04

Karlsruhe, Germany

NaWik Symposium

469 km

17,8 kg

Total 7357 km 279,7 kg

Note. Distance and CO2 calculations are based on google maps and average emission calculations per kilometer and transport mode provided by the German Environmental Agency (https://www.umweltbundesamt.de/sites/default/files/medien/376/publikationen/180607_uba_hg_fernbus_bf.pdf).

 

Commuting

As I live in Konstanz I have to regularly commute to Landau. I do this by train and I always carry my folding-bike with my in order to have a maximum of mobility on-site.

For these distances I also calculated my mobility-related footprint (see table below).

 

Year

Route

Distance (round trip) and mode of transportation

Quantity

Total amount

Greenhouse gas emissions

2017

Konstanz - Landau

528 km by train

3

1584 km

60,2 kg

2018

Konstanz - Landau

528 km by train

24

12672 km

481,5 kg
2018 Karlsruhe - Landau 74 km by train 18 1328 km 50,6 kg
2019 Konstanz - Landau 528 km by train 8 4224 km 160,5 kg
Total 19 812 km 752,9 kg

 

In total, including commuting, conference meetings and work-related stays, I travelled about 27 169 km resulting in greenhouse gas emissions of approximately 1032,4 kg CO2 equivalents.

 

The sustainable yearly climate budget for a human being is estimated to be 2.300kg.

 

Further contributions to the socio-ecological transformation

  • I never owned a car.
  • My last flight was in spring 2013.
  • I use my bike(s) every day - to go to work, to bring my daughter to school, to go for shopping. I must confess: My folding bike is the most practical thing I ever owned.
  • I am a vegetarian. I try to eat vegan at least two days a week.
  • I try to avoid plastic whenever possible. This year I started a personal challenge to only produce one "yellow-bag". Sadly, the bag is almost half full.
  • Political engagement and activism is part of the story. Among others I am an active member of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Baden-Württemberg. In this context I organize various events that try to empower people and discuss current political issues in the context of sustainability and socio-ecological transformation. Also in Landau and Konstanz I am engaged for climate protection through being part of several networks and groups (e.g. Fridays For Future movement)
  • I vote for climate protection.