Aircraft emissions have a significant impact on our atmosphere. Currently, over 3% of anthropogenic climate change is caused by aircraft emissions and this percentage is expected to increase as travel increases. So I never fly for the purpose of taking photographs and I take daily action to minimize my contribution. The most effective way to reduce pollution is to not produce it. My daily commute involves only walking and mass transit. When I must drive, I only do so in low emissions vehicles and I combine trips. To help offset my emissions, I pay a voluntary carbon offset tax. My studio uses a maximum of 250 watts of electricity, thanks to efficient computer processors, LED lighting, etc. I purchase used items whenever possible to lessen my consumption of raw materials, packaging, and shipping. My philosophy is to repair, not replace, and to only upgrade technology items when necessary. My studio produces about four liters of landfill waste every six months because nearly everything I use is recycled, repurposed, sold, or donated for future use. To me, all this isn’t enough. So I teach courses in environmental science, geography, and atmospheric science because the first step in solving environmental problems is raising awareness. We must be the change.


Jon Van de Grift

Aerial Photography