The Flight Free Podcast

Welcome to the Flight Free podcast. Here you will find interviews with some of the people who have particularly inspired us with their flight free travels, or who have shared their knowledge and insight on all aspects of aviation and climate activism.

Scroll down for series from 2023, 2022, 2021 and 2020, featuring interviews and conversations with activists, travellers, business leaders, politicians, sports stars and more about all aspects of being flight free.

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In conversation with Evangeline

We speak to musician, writer and shaman Evangeline about our relationship with the land and how that relates to how we travel.

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In conversation with Andrew Simons

Saillink founder Andrew Simons shares his plans for a new cross-channel ferry service by sailing boat.

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In conversation with Philippa Robb

Transport campaigner Philippa Robb speaks to us about the difficult decision not to travel to South Africa after the death of her father.

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In conversation with Edward Genochio

An adventure by bike and rail through the 33 countries on the interrail network, as told by Edward Genochio.

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In conversation with Quintin Lake

Photographer, walker and adventurer Quintin Lake joins us to talk about his long-distance walking trips including around the coastline of Britain.

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In conversation with Monisha Rajesh

Journalist, author and train travel aficionado Monisha Rajesh joins us to talk about her love of rail adventures and her upcoming book on sleeper trains.

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In conversation with Emily Turner

Viral Twitter star Emily Turner came to fame earlier this year for riding local buses all the way from London to Edinburgh, using the £2 bus scheme. She tells us about her adventure.

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In conversation with Damian Hall and Innes Fitzgerald

Joining us this month are runners Innes Fitzgerald, who refused to fly to Australia for the world cross country championships, and Damian Hall, co-founder of Green Runners.

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In conversation with Helen Coffey

Helen Coffey, head of travel at The Independent, joins us to discuss her experience of taking the flight free pledge for the fourth year in a row.

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In conversation with Emily Tulloh

Community engagement specialist Emily Tulloh chats to us about our new pledge options, and shares her own travel plans for 2023.

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2022 series: Reflections on the year

We bring the full team together to talk about how the year has gone, and look ahead to plans for Flight Free 2023

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2022 series: flight free across the generations

An intergenerational conversation between three guests, each giving a different perspective on reducing flying and responding to the climate crisis with positive actions.

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2022 series: Education, academia and air travel

Should academics feel pressure to fly? What do field trips by air really teach us? We speak to Abi Whitefield from the University of St Andrews and Milan Klöwer from Oxford University Flying Less group.

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2022 series: Greenwash and aviation

We invite Futerra's Solitaire Townsend and Stay Grounded's Anne Kretzschmar to discuss greenwash in the aviation industry.

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2022 series: My home town

In a stay-at-home-travel special, members of the Flight Free UK team talk about what makes their home town so special.

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2022 series: Sport and climate

Olympians Etienne Stott and Laura Baldwin join us to discuss the impact of sport upon the climate

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2022 series: Aviation and wildlife

We explore the various impacts of aviation on wildlife with soil scientist and author Dr Jennifer Jones.

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2022 series: Earth Day – invest in our planet

The Earth Day theme this year is 'invest in our planet'. We speak to two entrepreneurs about how we can create a green economy.

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2022 series: Confessions of an eco-hypocrite

Self-confessed climate hypocrite Sami Grover joins us to discuss if our actions really do make a difference.

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2022 series: Don't Look Up

Inspired by the recent film Don't Look Up, we speak to filmmaker Franny Armstrong and climate scientist Peter Kalmus about how we can inspire climate action through fiction.

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2022 series: Could you be flight free in 2022?

In the first episode of our new series, we hear from people from all over the UK and Ireland about why they're taking the flight free pledge.

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2021 series: Reflections on 2021

The Flight Free UK team reflects on 2021. We share our flight free travels and talk about the conversations we've had that have inspired others to stay grounded.

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2021 series: Eco Anxiety

Climate activist and mental health advocate Tori Tsui joins Hemlata Pant, the founder of the Newtown Nature Club in Bristol, to discuss eco anxiety.

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2021 series: COP26

Activist Mara de Pater joins us to talk about the upcoming climate conference COP26 and the campaign Rail to the COP.

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2021 series: Voluntourism

Three members of the No White Saviors team in Uganda explain to us the issues surrounding voluntourism.

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2021 series: Climate and the pandemic

What can the global coronavirus health crisis teach us about the climate crisis? We speak to Dr Sweta Chakraborty about how the pandemic and climate change are connected.

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2021 series: Destination UK

International travel is pretty difficult right now, but why look anywhere else when there are so many fantastic parts of the UK to explore?

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2021 series: Family and friends

It's harder not to fly when you have family abroad. We speak to Catherine, Seb and Bonnie about their experiences of travelling overseas to see family and friends.

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2021 series: Activism

Sel from Grow Heathrow, Ian from GALBA and Alice from Sky Rebellion talk to us about their experiences as aviation activists.

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2021 series: Behaviour change

Toni Vernelli from the Veganuary campaign shares her insights into how behaviour change works

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2021 series: Social, racial and climate justice

Poppy Okotcha and Francisca Rockey join Armelle and Sunita from our team to discuss how climate justice relates to social and racial justice.

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2021 series: Can we fly carbon neutral?

Ex-aerospace engineer Finlay Asher gives us the lowdown on how green technology may or may not enable us to fly carbon neutral

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2021 series: Welcome to the New Year

To ring in the New Year, we speak to Dominick, Lenny, Jo, Lizzie and Gope about why they have made the #FlightFree2021 pledge

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2020 series episode 12: reflections on 2020

Flight Free 2020 didn't work out at all the way we thought it would. Here, the whole team discusses what the year meant to them.

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2020 series episode 11: business travel

CEO and businessman Gope Walker has clients and staff across three continents, and speaks to us about how it's possible to run a successful business without flying.

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2020 series episode 10: cycle touring

For low-carbon travel, you can't beat the humble bicycle. We speak to Debs and Jo, two seasoned (but very normal) cycle tourers about the wonders of exploring on two wheels.

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2020 series episode 9: a 2.3 tonne lifestyle

Science communicator Dr Emily Grossman joins us to discuss what action we need to take to reach a sustainable carbon footprint. 

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2020 series episode 8: stay-at-home travel

Is it possible to have genuine travel experiences close to home? The Independent's Helen Coffey and Steph Parker from Big World Small Pockets tell us about their lockdown travel discoveries.

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2020 series episode 7: behaviour change

Steve Westlake from Cardiff University joins us to discuss behaviour change and how our individual actions can create a social shift.

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2020 series episode 6: flight-free Europe

We hear from Dr Alexandra Jellicoe about why it's important to take action on the climate, enjoying the experience of travelling by train, the European destinations on our doorstep and the value of staying put.