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Flight shame

Also known as “shame of flying”. Translation from Swedish “flygskam”, can be traced back to 2018 when climate activist and founder of Fridays for Future, Greta Thunberg, demonstratively took the train. Used to denote the feeling of guilt associated with air travel, an activity of high climate impact. Based on the assumption of individual climate responsibility (as opposed to climate apathy), the recognition of the acuteness of the unfolding climate crisis (as opposed to anthropogenic climate change denial) , a well as an awareness of the need for behavioral change (as opposed to a belief in technological / market “fixes”). As such, the term is truly interdisciplinary, enmeshing question of belief systems and morality of the humanities with climatology and economics.
Translated title of the contributionForskningsnote: Flyskam: flygskam
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2019

Bibliographical note

Bibliographical note: This research note is part of a discussion on flight shame with Klavs Birkholm, Adjunct Associate Professor & founder of the think-tank teknoetik.org.


  • flight shame
  • flygskam
  • flyskam
  • ethics
  • fridays4future
  • Greta Thunberg
  • climate change
  • responsibility
  • external costs
  • transport
  • mobility
  • long-distance society
  • religion
  • shame
  • sin
  • transportation
  • aviation

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