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Question of the Week: How are you traveling green for Thanksgiving?

2009 November 23

To be with friends and family on holidays, we drive across town and fly across the country. But most forms of travel can affect the environment…  Share how you go “over the river and through the woods.”

How are you traveling green for Thanksgiving?

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  1. Johnny R. permalink
    November 23, 2009

    During the holidays I travel green by not traveling at all.

  2. Sara permalink
    November 23, 2009

    I’m taking the train – no holiday traffic!

  3. Jess permalink
    November 23, 2009

    I’m taking the train as well!

  4. paul permalink
    November 23, 2009

    I have no plans to travel this Thanksgiving holiday, at least nothing major- good for the wallet and the environment. In the past, I’ve enjoyed trains and metros much more than driving a car myself.

  5. Jon permalink
    November 23, 2009

    don’t hate me – I’m driving, most likely going to idle in traffic too. is it better than flying? If so, I’ve got that going for me!

  6. ADAVIS permalink
    November 23, 2009

    We are traveling 18 miles one way to a family gathering and that is about the same as my work commute. We are not planning any more driving than that for the rest of the weekend since we live near two major shopping districts and it is always packed with cars and people around this time. If there were bus service or rail where I live that would have been preferable to driving. Bus & rail service are not evenly distributed thru the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. The smaller cities in between do not get service, which is where I happen to live.

  7. armansyahardanis permalink
    November 23, 2009

    In my country there are one important moment, that’s are “lebaran day”. Most people back to the their natural place by car, bus, ship, train, airplane, or motorcycle. Their will plan to meet their parents and families for joy spiritual. They are very happy to meet their big families!

  8. Jackenson Durand permalink
    November 23, 2009

    Green has been allowing us to get all biodiversities that we are observing on Earth right now. That means Green has been always creating amusing images innovative.
    If we would plan a trip for this Thanksgiving, it would be distinctive.
    This Thanksgiving would create by the same scientific notion matter “of the cause to effect” again.
    Since five years ago we have been trying to get over this perpetual challenge.
    In this same idea, we plan to create “Green exploration Thanksgiving family” in years coming up.
    – Our only option would be by creating a “Green recipe” for this Thanksgiving with “Green ingredients”.

  9. umassstudent13 permalink
    November 23, 2009

    Travelling home from college, the roads will be packed tightly with cars, but our car will be packed tightly with students. A friend of mine is driving four friends home in her small honda. The five of us will just barely fit with all of our stuff included, but hey, carpooling is good for the environment and as a Civil Environmental Engineering Major, that’ll get me through the 4 hour drive in a good mood.

  10. Tim Stevens permalink
    November 23, 2009

    We’re staying local (thankfully), but have made short trips to buy as many things locally for our meal as possible. Many of our dishes were selected based on items available at our farmer’s market. Also, we are trying to support as many of our local independent businesses as possible.

  11. Al Bannet permalink
    November 23, 2009

    If we could manage to peacefully reduce the human population and maintain a stable economy, all modes of travel would be OK. It’s only because several billion people crowd the skies and highways that the biosphere is so overburdened and polluted. It’s good that people are traveling, but too much of any good thing turns it bad.

  12. Mary Kennnedy permalink
    November 23, 2009

    I do not have a car, so I am walking to the nearest church for Thanksgiving dinner.

  13. Basia permalink
    November 23, 2009

    We’re staying close to home and carpooling in our ’05 Corolla, which has historically been a fuel efficient car. We’re also sticking to organic and sustainably farmed foods for dinner (as much as possible). The only sad thing is that most of the produce is from far away states like Washington. It seems silly that the only organic apples I could find were from WA, when we have perfectly delicious apples growing in Michigan. Being in Illinois, an agricultural state, I find it quite difficult to find anything organic and local, without having to drive great distances to any grocer who might carry such produce.

  14. James Kantor permalink
    November 23, 2009


    How do you get people to agree to reduce the population.

  15. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    November 23, 2009

    I plan to stay home this year. No major trips for the holidays. And the town I live in has everything close enough that if I need something, I can walk to get it. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

  16. Scinu permalink
    November 24, 2009

    I have been living in Thailand which Country is very beautiful, but all people, Thai and traveling people, do not really care about surrounding themselves. Moreover, that they just want relaxation and relief are harmfully environment. On the other hand, many Thai people, including me, have protected our environment, for other people, especially you who are reading, come to see how beautiful place. So, if you have a time for Thanksgiving Day, Come to Thailand. Please. We are welcome.
    And for me, I am going to Chaing Mai Province on that Day. See you.

  17. praveen permalink
    November 24, 2009

    I am from INDIA. Now days we can’t avoid travelling.We can think about to prevent the carbon dyoxide polution by maintaing our environment green and ofcorse each and every one should aware about the importance of our home to retain Green, let us do some thing for it.

  18. Valerie B permalink
    November 24, 2009

    I carpool with all of my family or do Thanksgiving at home!

  19. Alan Gregory permalink
    November 24, 2009

    I travel a lot – on foot. I don’t pollute; I can hear what’s going on around me; I burn some calories; and I am not sequestered behind a steel-and-plastic curtain. Thousands of people living here in northeastern Pennsylvania routinely drive their personal cars everywhere, even if only going a half-mile to the post office to pick up their personal mail. When at home in the warmer months, they crank up their lawn mowers and pollute again with greenhouse gases and noise. Where does it stop?

  20. sharon permalink
    November 24, 2009

    Not traveling!

  21. Al Bannet permalink
    November 25, 2009

    By friendly persuasion and laws to protect each woman’s right to decide if and when to birth her children. Only a few will want many children, more will want none at all, but the great majority will opt for 1, 2 or 3 children, and that free choice would reduce the human population to a balance with the Earth’s ability to support us. The problem is the domination of arrogant, power hungry men throughout most of human history and their violence.

  22. Gautam Kansara permalink
    November 26, 2009

    If we want to drive accross the city then we’ll have to maintain our car engine. So that pollution may be reduced. On stop signals, We will off the engine of our vhicle. Second, If we have to travel on long root in our country then train is very good option then persnal vhicle such as Car.

  23. Brismom permalink
    November 28, 2009

    We just simply walk down the road to our sisters house where everyone will meet, all of the children, and families to spend time together and eat and be merry!

  24. jyoti permalink
    November 29, 2009

    By being environment-friendly.By carpooling-fewer emissions of carbondioxide gas.

  25. manish permalink
    November 29, 2009

    travel thru public transport so that we can control trafic, and the transport should be on COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS it should be of standard company so it could not get gas leakage and cause fire and more heat and pollution. Where there is posible i travel on my foot. Otherwise by public transport like bus or cng auto rikshaw or cng cab.

  26. pixie's mom permalink
    November 29, 2009

    I agree with Al…but not sure if any “laws” would be as effective as having one or all religious leaders re-think their messages regarding the issues that surround this.

    As a woman, I decided at a very early age (18) that I would not have any kids simply due to the environmental effects of having one…and b/c I felt (and still feel, some 18 years later) that any kid I brought into this world would be less than thankful for my selfish reason for doing so. I could imagine the kid saying “didn’t you know how bad things were? But yet you thought it was the “natural” thing to do?”

    I have not lost my hope for humanity…but I’m not willing to invest anything else into our earth’s future other than my time and energy.

  27. Al Bannet permalink
    November 30, 2009

    Thanks for being a wonderful shero. You give this man hope in the face of despair. I try to abide by the principle: “Live simply that others may simply live”.

  28. GANESH permalink
    December 5, 2009

    hi all.
    any mode of transport private or mass,
    it is polluting environment more or less whatever…..

    so i have decided that its better to ride on a bicycle which is a truly green-vehicle.

  29. Notgreen permalink
    December 6, 2009

    We drove 1200 miles over Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, it’s still cheaper than public transit and on our budget it’s all we could afford. In a nod towards environmentalism, I used a reusable coffee mug and carried home everything that could be recycled. On the plus side we’ve been a one car couple since February of last year – that’s definitely lowered our carbon emissions.

  30. permalink
    December 11, 2009

    I traveled by private plane. But I protected the environment by telling the pilot not to exceed 400 knotts

  31. keval.bhuva permalink
    December 24, 2009

    all are great people who are writing here
    i think all will be traveling place to place.
    a person should think by his own mind how to save the environment
    pollution is there but we should try our level best to decrease it.

  32. Ellen Smith permalink
    August 21, 2010

    No matter what it is still polluting, because we care not of the environment but of our personal development even at the risk of the environment, people are selfish…

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