Thursday, June 5, 2008

Carbon Usage for Travel to the Gathering

Someone on the Usenet side of AGR brought up the issue of our carbon footprint in getting to the gathering. So in the spirit of reducing our carbon foot print, think about how you're getting to the gathering and try out one of the many websites that will help you calculate your footprint. Google "Carbon Footprint" and you'll find a bunch.

To the folks who are riding their bicycles to the gathering - you rock! Train is generally much lower in carbon usage pound for pound. Amtrak will get you to Salt Lake City on the California Zephyr that runs from San Francisco and Chicago to points in between.

Greyhound will get you to Rock Springs, Wyoming in the vicinity of where we are heading.

Ride sharing will reduce carbon usage and save us on parking at the gathering - for those who don't know, one of the hardest things to find in a site is adequate parking. Or try posting on your local Craigs List - they have a ride share section an many people use it.

Of course, it's not enough to only worry about your carbon impact on getting to the gathering, but it's a start and I hope you think about it every day in the purchases you make, the daily transportation you use and how you choose to live. Let's be the change we want to see in this world. Shop locally.

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