Jaweria Baig has never been on a plane.
The 18-year-old Pakistani climate activist is part of the majority: about
“I’ve never taken a flight. Yet every day I live with the consequences of a planet overheated by the greenhouse gas emissions from flights,” writes Baig in an
“I’ve felt the threat of climate change since I was a child, with my family home in the Hunza Valley, northern Pakistan, threatened by melting glaciers and deadly heat waves as temperatures have risen.”
Air travel has a number of
“You showed that it’s still possible to do business without taking so many flights, meaning many of your flights were actually pointless.”
Microsoft is part of
“It doesn’t have to be this way. During the pandemic, we all learnt new ways of living, working, and studying. Many of us turned to video conferencing, using tools like Microsoft’s own Teams platform to connect virtually. Flights fell to
Still, the founders of #JustUseTeams also acknowledge Microsoft’s climate change goals. The company is a principal partner at the upcoming
“If Microsoft was to go back to emitting as much through business flights as before the pandemic, it would risk undermining the meaningful contributions its sustainability team, its partners and its customers make every day,” reads the website.
Speaking to Mashable about her ultimate goal, Baig says she hopes they cut their flights down by at least 60 percent, if not by 80 percent.
“They can make a massive impact,” Baig tells Mashable. “We don’t have time, it’s do or die at this point. Hopefully, if they take this step, they will inspire other big corporate flights buyers as well as people to make a change.
“I have said this earlier and I will say it again – if a big company like Microsoft takes a step like this, others will definitely follow them.”