In this six-part series, childhood friends Bupe Bhima and Matt Shea aim to reduce their carbon emissions and flying shame by avoiding air travel all together – using trains, ferries, coaches, bicycles and electric cars – while tracking their carbon footprint along the way.
The main way we can reduce our carbon footprint is by flying less and the coronavirus has shown us that a world without planes is possible. Before the pandemic, VICE made a sustainable guide to travelling Europe and found out it’s funner without them anyway.
The saga begins with a 20-hour overnight ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam for Pride, one of the biggest queer celebrations in the world. Bupe Bhima and Matt Shea meet some LGBTQ students who are also travelling to Pride the sustainable way, together they hit up the on-board nightclub and casino.
Back on dry shores, they meet local journalist Bo Hanna and cycle to Amsterdamse Bos – a giant park on the edge of the city to microdose on psychedelic truffles with an eco-minded mushroom guru, Chi, in order to get closer to nature.
Returning to reality with open eyes, conscious hearts and throbbing chakras, they head to a sustainable restaurant, Yerba, for some guilt-free food. At the canal parade – the Pyramid Stage of Amsterdam Pride, but with boats and pup masks – Bo explains the origins of LGBTQ rights. They then head to an underground refugee club night, Dance With Pride, before they round it all off by jumping off a bridge for a spot of canal swimming.
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