Last flight

I'm leaving my job as the founder and CEO of, after almost 13 years. I love what I do, but sometimes you have to leave even though things are good, or you'll never discover anything new.

I'm sitting on the subway, headed home. I just got off a plane from Canada. This'll be my last flight. At least for a while.

The team (from the US, Germany, and Canada) spent the last week in Canada, training, planning, hanging out. There were also goodbye speeches, cake, and gifts -- I've been lucky to be able to work with such nice people over the years.

It'll be hard to emotionally separate myself from, but separating from air travel will likely be harder. Growing up in a family of post-1965 transnational immigrants, our history is deeply connected with the democratization of air travel -- countless flights to and from India, Canada, Nigeria, and the United States. Our stories begin and end in airports.

A couple of years back, Barnali and I realized that our carbon footprint is bigger than that of 90% of Americans. We'd made a conscious decision to live car-free in a dense urban community. The numbers shocked us. We dug deeper. The culprit? Air travel.

Our flights overseas were killing us, totally undoing every other green effort we were making. We hemmed and hawed, but global warming is still a numbers game. We wouldn't do faulty accounting at work, and couldn't bring ourselves to do it at home. If we need to reduce CO2 emissions by 90% by 2050, then that can't exclude the aviation sector, responsible for about 3% of global emissions, more than all but a few countries.

Barnali and I are going to spend the next year challenging ourselves to live aviation-free, traveling across continents, talking to environmentalists and planners, and trying to explore solutions to this particularly inconvenient problem -- be that greener aviation technologies, or imagining a post-aviation future. Our project could be a failure, but at this time of impending ecological crisis, we feel moved to try to explore these questions. I hope you'll follow us as we learn.

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Anirvan Chatterjee and Barnali Ghosh were surprised to learn that their carbon footprint was bigger than 90 percent of Americans due to air travel and challenged themselves to spend a year without flying. Read More


Dear friends, I also dont fly, never had a car, I am veg ad produce my food in Italy. And I am an activist in these sectors. Therefore, I appreciate your idea a lot! (I think there will never be green aviationI will write in Italian newspapers about that.

I have a question: I would have liked to go to the People's climate conference in Bolivia but I did not find a cheap cargo from Spain or Europe to Perou. Do you have any idea? The travel cargo I found are so expensive! And take 20 days...

Thanks a lot
MArinella Correggia

Hi, Glad I found this blog, via my friends at the Flightless Travel site. I am not yet as dedicated to being fully grounded as yourselves but think it's a very admirable commitment and sounds like it'll be an exciting, if challenging, way to see the world!
My own little blog looks at rail travel in this era of soul-sapping budget flights.
Look forward to following your progress.

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We're a landscape architect (Barnali) and tech geek (Anirvan) from San Francisco spending a year trying to travel across continents aviation-free while talking to people exploring solutions to transportation and the climate crisis.

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