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  •  yup (7+ / 0-)

    while I think it's worth discussing how one activity measures up to another in terms of carbon emissions, it seems counter-productive to pit one against another. I can easily make an attempt at reducing my plane travel by taking only those trips that are absolutely necessary while also cutting down on my meat consumption. And yes, just because your carbon footprint is higher on a plane doesn't mean you can't or shouldn't also reduce your car trips or meat consumption, or consumption in general. You either care about reducing your ecological footprint and do whatever you can from wherever you're at, or you don't. The idea that just because you don't fly you should drive a Hummer because it's more environmental is just absurd. Plus, there are a lot of intangibles about driving, like what cars have done to our cities' infrastructure that defy the simple graphic in this diary. If you drill down a bit deeper it gets more complex and not quite so black and white, which once again is reason to do all you can in all areas of life. That's the wholes systems thinking which I think we'll need to move towards a more carbon proportionate world.

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    by citisven on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 09:41:14 AM PST

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    •  Absolutely. You have to look at all 360 degrees. (2+ / 0-)
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      Air travel is just one piece, but it is a piece.

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      by Words In Action on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 01:15:11 PM PST

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