Members of the All Saints Palmerston North Parish are currently away on a pilgrimage to Europe, but with all that flying, this global trip will have a much lower environmental impact than you’d think.
The parish’s vestry has supported a Green Task Force to develop a new scheme for parishioners to offset their carbon emissions and it was launched just in time for pilgrims on the “Steps of St Francis and Celtic Christianity” pilgrimage. The Task Force calculated that the emissions from return flights to Europe would equate to the planting of ten trees, and then ensuring they grow for the next 50 years.
The Task Force sourced 70 native trees from A Rocha Manawatu, part of a global Christian conservation initiative; and secured space in which to plant the trees thanks to an offer of land from their Priest in Charge, Rev Nigel Dixon. Pilgrims were then encouraged to buy and plant their own trees, or work with others to ensure trees were planted to offset the emissions from their own travel.
The Task Force hopes to offer the scheme for other purposes in the future. We look forward to hearing about the trip and how the trees are growing.