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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

More Evidence Of Overthinking

So I saw an ad from a natural gas consortium showing scenes of wholesome daily American life (powered by natural gas, natch). The take-home lesson from the ad was that we need to conserve natural gas. Amongst the scenes in this ad was one of a mom heating up a bottle for her baby. So I thought proudly to myself, "See? I am so not wasting America's natural gas supply heating up formula for my baby. And further, formula manufacturing requires a significant energy output not only in making the formula, but in taking care of the cows, and also in raising the grain they eat. So, self, you are good person!"

Just for grins and giggles, I then calculated the carbon footprint for our family. We're a bit below the average American family in carbon emissions. Now, we'd be significantly below except for the fact that I just bought four plane tickets for us to go to Chicago in July. Air travel is not easy on the carbon emissions budget.

Now the irony of the situation is that we are going to Chicago to attend the La Leche League International Conference. All these breastfeeding advocates, a lot of whom also favor environmentally friendly lifestyles, contributing to carbon emissions by the very act of travelling to the Conference. It's bothering my overactive brain and my hyperaware conscience.

Maybe we should walk to Chicago?

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5 Comments:

  • I don't have a car and I walk almost everywhere. I'm hoping that will counterbalance all my flights to the US. Somehow I don't think it does!!

    Oh and btw, TAG you're it!

    By Blogger Lindyloo, at Tuesday, May 22, 2007 6:55:00 PM  

  • Tis the problem with conferences, I must say. Have a blast though, I am jealous!

    By Blogger chichimama, at Tuesday, May 22, 2007 8:39:00 PM  

  • "...So, self, you are good person!"

    yes, you are, but you are also too funny. :) no wonder liam is such a riot.

    By Blogger amygeekgrl, at Wednesday, May 23, 2007 1:24:00 AM  

  • Sympathy. We also come in under average for our carbon footprint, but mostly because we never fly anywhere. So the news that my kids' favorite cousins are about to move to the West Coast? Not so good for our carbon footprint. Sigh.

    By Blogger Phantom Scribbler, at Thursday, May 24, 2007 12:09:00 PM  

  • OMG!! Happy Dance!! I will be there!!! I'm not going to the conference, because I can't afford to get in, but I'm going to be in Chicago. Would you like to join us at a White Sox Game Monday night, or just pay the 35 dollars per head for that dinner? : )

    By Anonymous Amy, at Friday, June 08, 2007 8:22:00 PM  

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