Better late than never! In this week’s free Creation Corner for church newsletters and bulletins, our green-living tip is to offset your summer travel and our quote comes from the new “Religious Declaration of Unprecedented Human Emergency.” Share this week’s column on Facebook.
Living on God’s Earth
By Episcopal Climate News, facebook.com/EpiscopalClimateNews
This week’s earth-friendly living tip: Offset your summer travel
Are you planning a big summer trip? Or perhaps you just got back from a beloved young family member’s graduation? Consider buying carbon offsets for your travel!
For many of us, travel is the biggest piece of our carbon footprints. A round-trip flight from Los Angeles to Chicago uses more fossil fuels than the average driver burns in a month! Even short flights have an impact on the climate, since most fuel is used in takeoff.
Carbon offsets aren’t a “get-out-of-jail-free card” to ignore our carbon footprints, but when combined with other eco-measures, every little bit helps. One idea is Carbon Footprint, a program that lets you select what project you’d like to use your offsets for. Other services you can use include NativeEnergy and Cool Effect. You’ll be in good company: Thanks to a resolution passed by General Convention last year, staff members at the Episcopal Church headquarters now use offsets for their official travel.
Episcopal Climate News quote of the week: The “Religious Declaration of Unprecedented Human Emergency”
“As people of faith, we believe that our planet – which nurtures and sustains life – is a gift, and that we have a responsibility to cultivate a world in which all beings can thrive, physically and spiritually. We are committed to safeguarding the Earth entrusted to our care. Protecting God’s Creation is a spiritual and moral imperative, not an ideological or narrow partisan issue… Further delay in addressing climate change is a radical evil that as people of faith we vigorously oppose.”
– An excerpt from the “Religious Declaration of Unprecedented Human Emergency,” released by the National Religious Coalition on Creation Care and signed by diverse interfaith clergy, including at least six Episcopal bishops. Episcopal priest Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas is one of the principal authors.