Richard Branson is set to go into space today. I am crossing my fingers and toes in hopes that all goes well. I so want space tourism be become a real thing and not just an idea. Good luck Mr. Branson!
I like The Onion’s too even though I’m not sure if it can be satire if it’s most likely true:
Without generational wealth, the average American would have to rely on taking out a huge loan or receiving assistance from a government-funded program like NASA.” At press time, Porter added that the study also found most American parents hadn’t even started saving for their children’s trips to space.
Yes, I definitely know his "short" trip made significantly more damage than my (very limited) car use and holiday travels since I flew my first ecology flag in the 1970s. Further it seems for the most part you do not have the details needed to make any kind of real assessment of who here is hypocritical and who is not.Do we know for sure that his short trip made more damage than what we do when we use cars every day and fly abroad for holidays? I can’t see anyone here saying that they will cancel their holidays to do their bit for the climate change.
For myself, I think the following:
-something is wrong with our economic system that we can end up with so many people living in poverty while a CEO can make 300x what his entry-level workers make. This is an important problem to solve but whatever today's current billionaires spend their money on isn't going to change the system. That requires other levers
I do not plan to make any assessments of who is hypocritical and who isn’t. I don’t know and don’t care how much each individual on this forum spends on items that could be considered luxurious, but I do know that the same way as we look at some billionaire spending money for things that are financially out of reach for the average person, the same way someone struggling on the poverty line is looking at the middle class spending money for things that are out of reach for that person. That includes holidays abroad, flying across the pond to go to Europeans/worlds etc.Yes, I definitely know his "short" trip made significantly more damage than my (very limited) car use and holiday travels since I flew my first ecology flag in the 1970s. Further it seems for the most part you do not have the details needed to make any kind of real assessment of who here is hypocritical and who is not.
There is a big difference to me between a public program like NASA doing scientific space research to seek improvements for all mankind and a private business endeavor created to offer frivolous services to a limited few using an overabundance of natural resources we all must share. It's not like NASA couldn't have made improvements in many areas, but these private programs can do whatever they want when it comes to overconsumption of resources with little regulation. It's seems like the same kind of corporate mindset that expanded single use plastic bottles from something reserved for emergencies & individuals with medical conditions to convenience marketing for everyday households and sports events when there are environmentally friendly options available. Besides tapping into community water resources in many areas that really need to watch water conservation, they could care less if all their plastic is crapping up the oceans as long as they can keep the income flowing. Those companies do whatever they want with their money too.
Richard Branson asked Virgin Atlantic staff to take 8 weeks unpaid leave.
He also asked British taxpayers to bail him out, despite Virgin Atlantic being registered for tax in the British Virgin Islands.
Maybe he should pay his staff properly instead of going on a jolly into space?