Traveling in the Ministry vs. Fossil Fuels
But I think we will lose a LOT if we don’t meet face-to-face, to talk and worship in each other’s physical presence, especially with those who are far away and/or very different from us.
I think the Earth would be better served if Friends would give up an equivalent amount of fossil fuel based travel on the local level, where we have more alternatives.
For example, if I want to fly to Indiana next April, how many miles of choosing public transit or walking over driving (bicycling is not very practical for me) will that require to offset the carbon emissions (and whatever other pollutants) of the flight? How can I find out?
And perhaps more painfully, where will I not go on a weekly basis to make up for the huge distances I want to travel next year?
[Tuesday morning update: here are some links to various calculators about carbon emissions. It's a painful calculation, let me tell you. See the comments for the answer to my original question.]
General information about calculating your carbon footprint, with additional links, from the An Inconvenient Truth site.
A calculator for any flight itinerary, with links to carbon offset options, from the Carbon Footprint site.
A link for calculating car emissions, with links to carbon offset options, from the TerraPass site.
I claim no knowledge about carbon offset programs and encourage readers to do their own research before spending any money online.
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