You may Sir. And it's a very good and genuine question that I don't reconcile very easily....
Firstly I almost never fly for personal reasons. We did take a family holiday a long while back to Florida which was the one occasion we holidayed as a family by plane in 25 years.
Secondly, I fly for business simply because the job cannot be done without travelling. When I can drive instead (I have several customers within 4 hours of Calais) I generally take that option. Trains offer poor flexibility.
I guess there's part of an argument saying that if it wasn't me it would be someone else doing the companies bidding. Until the company changes the way it supports it's customers - i.e. by having many local specialist, this is how we'll go on. But that would mean an awful lot of people with specific skillsets in a lot of locations with a footprint of a lot of combined travelling and other human-used resource involved too* Maybe one Foodie dashing here there and everywhere even by plane might actually be a better and more targeted 'low carbon' option - and yes, I love what I do, including the travel. It's a very niche expertise that supports an impressive sized business** giving pleasure to millions.
*In some regions such as Russia and the Middle East we now have local technical centres and expertise, hence I rarely support those geographies anymore from the UK (unless they're in trouble), but even so, when based in both Russia and Middle east you still have to fly to cover the customer territory.
**Actually, this is the greater dissonance for me personally than flying. I struggle heartily when we come to discussing 'Green initiatives' as a business - it's like shuffling the deck-chairs on the Titanic... I also increasingly struggle with meat (particularly red meat) consumption too.
But, I need the money at the moment and I don't know how to do much else (and nobody does it better ;-) ) - though I'd happily work for some local Artisanal company if the right opportunity arose.
A friend of mine does law work for the UN .
Mainly around migration , mainly in the far East.
She wasn't happy at all about the amount of flying that entailed
Since covid of course that's dramatically reduced.
She says it's still worthwhile in about a tenth of cases to actually be there, in person, and knock some heads together to get results.
But so much can in fact be done well, remotely.
She's hoping of course that it will stay that way
I'm thinking about setting up a micro lamb at foot dairying operation here.
I'll let you know if a position becomes available.
You don't mind being paid almost exclusively in cheese do you ??