As consumers, we do our best to make choices that we feel good about -- supporting companies that claim to be doing good, giving back, and making the world a better place.
So when Delta Air Lines announced plans in 2020 to become carbon neutral -- meaning it would make up for its emissions by investing in carbon reduction programs like reforestation or renewable energy -- it was great for the environment and consumers! People could buy plane tickets to see the world, visit loved ones, or travel for work and feel safe that they weren't contributing to the climate crisis.But now, it turns out that Delta's promises might have just been lies.That's why we're petitioning Delta Air Lines to do the right thing and invest in carbon offsets that can actually help our dying planet!
A recent lawsuit alleges that Delta Air Lines' carbon neutrality efforts might have been totally hollow. Big companies like Delta often seek carbon neutrality by purchasing things called "carbon credits." Think of them as tickets or vouchers; signifiers that money left Delta's pockets and went towards rainforest conservation, or clean energy building, or waste management. But it turns out that Delta's credits might have been "junk offsets that do nothing to counteract the climate crisis."
As of 2022, aviation was responsible for 4% of all human-caused global warming
-- more than most entire countries! Air lines could do so much to ease the climate chaos we're in the midst of, but instead Delta decided to capitalize on the demand for green products, tricking people into buying their tickets while never intending on fulfilling their environmentally-friendly promises.
Climate experts are now saying we're at the point of no return; if we don't take drastic action to reduce emissions immediately, our environment and all of the life it supports may be lost forever.
For Delta to pull such a deceitful move right now, at the climate tipping point, is utterly deplorable.So let's tell Delta Air Lines that the world is watching. Sign the petition demanding Delta Air Lines fulfill its promises; it must actually become carbon neutral!