Flying Green - A Talk by Christopher de Bellaigue

Can flying be green?

Attend to learn about the new technologies transforming how airplanes look and how they are powered. In this talk about his new book, Flying Green, Christopher de Bellaigue will share what visionaries, inventors, and entrepreneurs, in the frontiers of new technologies, are developing to make air traveling pollution guilt-free.

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Attend Zoom talk and learn about:

  • Flying is the last frontier for decarbonisation, arguably the hardest-to-abate part of the economy - and we all love to fly. 
  • The moral conundrum: should we change our behaviour in recognition of the fact that, hour for hour, dollar for dollar, aviation is one of the most damaging things we can do for the planet? 
  • A change-averse behemoth: why has the aviation industry been so slow to develop the technologies needed to decarbonise? 
  • The great lottery: because there is no single obvious route to decarbonisation, a plethora of different technologies are now under development to help aviation meet its net-zero-by 2050 commitment. Christopher will take you through these technologies before asking: which will win? 

After the talk, we will conduct a moderated Q&A to answer your questions.

Talk Agenda

  • 7:00-7:10 Start. Welcoming Statements, Ground Rules, Updates, and Introductions.
  • 7:10-8:00 Talk
  • 8:00-8:30 Q&A, Thanks, Closing Statements, End.

About the author


Christopher de Bellaigue is a historian and journalist known for his reporting and books on the Middle East and environmental and ethical issues. He is the author of many books, including In the Rose Garden of the MartyrsRebel LandPatriot of PersiaThe Islamic Enlightenment, and The Lion House. He is a frequent contributor to the Economist, the New York Review of Books, and the Guardian. He is the recipient of a British Foreign Press Award and the Washington Institute Prize. He lives in London. 

Where to Order the Book



Barnes & Nobles




March 23, 2023 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Zoom Video Conference


Ben Nneji, President, Columbia University Club of Fairfield County


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