A Question of Carbon Footprints and Other Potential Transgressions

I was in conversation with a dear friend, one who constantly challenges me to examine my better conscience and my behavior in relationship to the earth. I had just returned from my fifth trip to Mexico, a place where I am always happy to be. The kind and loving nature of the people, the colors, the tastes and smells, the music and fireworks, the history and cultural blend of Indigenous and Hispanic influences inspire and intrigue me. As I have had a long love affair with the desert and Turkey, I also dearly love Mexico. Call me fickle, I have always yearned to explore other places and other people. But I’m aware of my carbon footprint. This awareness does rub roughly against the isolation I feel when I limit my travel to keep my carbon footprint negligible. If we...

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