Biofuel Vehicles Bring Faithful to UN Service

November 26, 2003 [] In New York City, some of the nearly 300 worshipers from diverse faith traditions, who gathered outside the United Nations in a service of repentance and renewal to stop global warming, arrived in fuel-efficient hybrid cars or vans powered by biodiesel made from vegetable oil. On a chartered bus from Littleton, Massachusetts, riders paid an extra five dollars to purchase renewable energy offsetting the carbon dioxide pollution from their trip. Other participants literally “walked the talk” of reducing carbon emissions, as four Buddhist monks led a contingent of walkers all the way from Western Massachusetts. Among the assembly were two Episcopal bishops, ten Episcopal priests, and the Anglican Observer at the United Nations. The service, which was held earlier this month, marked the fifth anniversary of the United States signing the Kyoto Protocol to address global warming. Congress never signed the treaty, which President Bush has rejected as too costly.


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