Pullman Grounded

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Philip Pullman, in his 'New Year Message' for 2006 (sent to subscribers of his newsletter*) has, as part of a personal contribution to the effort to decrease global warming, decided to ground himself.

So I've decided that I'm not going to be one of them [air travellers] any more. From now on I stay on the ground. This means no long-distance travel unless I can find a ship going where I want to; no flying within Europe, and certainly none inside Britain. All unnecessary. I can't think of a single reason that would make it more important for me to go to the other side of the world quickly than to save all that fuel by going slowly, or better still by not going at all. Festivals? Conferences? The days when we could thoughtlessly get on a plane and fly across the Atlantic to deliver one lecture are over. Tours to publicise a new book? Only by ship and by train.

The full message can be read on the author's website - http://www.philip-pullman.com/

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