PRINCE CHARLES is well-known for his environmentalism – yet he is also a supporter of a “highly polluting activity”, it can be revealed.
The Prince of Wales is the patron of the British Parachute Association, according to the organisation’s website. Parachuting – or skydiving – is one of the most polluting sports, releasing many tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere each year. This is due to the aeroplane required to make the jump from, as well as the car journey or flight required to get to the drop zone.
An online skydiving carbon footprint calculator called My Skydiving Calculator suggested that 100 jumps from a Supervan – a highly efficient aircraft – equals 893kg of CO2.
Meanwhile, 100 jumps from a Beech 99 releases around 1260kg of carbon dioxide, while jumps from a Skyvan releases a whopping 1638kg.
The website advised: “Skydiving is a very entertaining but also a highly polluting activity.
“The most efficient way to reduce your skydiving footprint would be to skydive less.
Well-known environmental campaigner King Charles is the patron of British Parachuting Association (Image: GETTY)
Skydiving is a “very polluting activity” (Image: GETTY)
“Maybe don’t go for every possible funjump and spend some of your good weather days going for a swim or a hike instead.”
Meanwhile, Prince Charles regularly speaks out on the need to fight climate change.
He has spoken on this subject in the European Parliament, and even founded The Prince’s May Day Network – a group of businesses committed to taking action on climate change.
He has previously attracted criticism for speaking out about environmentalism while flying by private jet.
The Prince of Wales has spoken out against climate change many times (Image: GETTY)
Not only is Charles a patron of the society but, in his younger days, he also loved the hobby himself.
While most people who have skydived only do so occasionally, there are those that do it as a hobby and there are competitive or professional skydivers, who do it more regularly.
Base-jumping was suggested by environmentism.com as a more sustainable alternative for those wanting that adrenaline rush.
What’s more, many people choose sponsored skydiving as a way to raise money for charity.
Skydiving can also cause noise disturbance and injuries (Image: GETTY)
Prince Charles was subject to criticism for flying in a private jet (Image: GETTY)
A study of two popular parachuting centres in Perthshire, Scotland, found that between 1991 and 1995 around 1,500 people went skydiving for charity.
Not only is this a very inefficient way of raising money for charity – as much of the money raised goes on the activity instead of the charity – its impact on the environment may well be working against the charities’ aims.
William MacAskill, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Oxford, called raising money this way “misguided” due to its inefficiency.
Skydiving also creates noise and stress for people living in the areas where skydiving companies are based.
A campaign called Say No To Skydiving was launched by residents near Redlands Airfield, Swindon.
The website reads: “Our campaign was formed because hundreds, if not thousands of residents in an area of about 15 miles around Swindon have suffered intolerable noise and intrusion into our lives by a few people whose sport and greed takes no account of the suffering it causes.”
It adds: “Imagine a noise almost like a small jet plane taking off at over 90db and then circling overhead for 12 hours at a time.
“Imagine being exposed to this sound, which is above local environmental noise, for hours and hours.
“Imagine this plane flying over your garden or the roof of your house or nearby at only a couple of hundred feet, or even less.
“Imagine this plane flying Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and sometimes Mondays from 9 or 10am until half an hour after sunset and not being able to enjoy your own home or work from home or in your office.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK