THE PILGRIMS ARE ON THEIR WAY! Yes, and as they fly, bus and train their way through their journey, they are adding to their carbon footprint. So, what to do?
A long time ago when my granddaughter was about three she said of something that was very important to her, “ IT MATTERS!”
Recently, St. Mary's Earth Stewards decided to look into local options for counterbalancing carbon outputs, and began working with local organizations to develop the necessary relationships. We agreed that the Long Tom Watershed Council (LTWC) and McKenzie River Trust (MRT) would be the two most appropriate organizations (due to geographic overlap, mission, efficacy, capacity, etc.).
In her book, The Soil Will Save Us, Kristin Ohlson recounts the story of being able to push a 4-foot pole down into a farmer's corn field up to her knuckles. She was able to do it several times in different places, proving that the farmer, Gabe Brown, had completely transformed his soil from the Dust Bowl desert he had purchased into a farm that had become easier and cheaper, not harder and more costly, to run.
One of the biggest contributors to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is our means of transportation. That being said, some forms have less impact than others.
Where to start? The Cool Congregations group will be working with the Vestry to determine how far we can go in recommending specific Internet resources. In the meantime, you can do your own searches in such areas as: