30 Days... It's hard to believe, although everything
seems to be pulling together. Much thanks to everyone involved in the
organizing of this event, especially Dennis and Tashina!
I'm sure everyone has been waiting for the topic of the
Longest Walk's use of automobiles to arise and here it is. I initially had my
reserves about bringing this up (due to the circumstances in which call for
such use) although I feel that we should be prepared to answer to this and
even prepared to avoid such confusion.
So if the paradox isn't yet clear, it is that we are walking
to show and encourage respect for Mother Earth (among other issues), though we
are in a position which requires our leaving a trail of pollution (C02).
The reason I am posting this topic on the forum is because
it would be great to hear from everyone on this. It would be impossible for us
to do this walk without cars although it would be amazing if we found a way to
do so in the future.
My thoughts at this time are that we look into biodiesel. It
is a cleaner burning diesel equivalent that is not dependant on the War for
oil, depletion of our (now scarce) resources, and destruction of the delicate
ecosystem. Additionally, biodiesel is biodegradable,
produces about 60% less net-lifecycle carbon
dioxide emissions. Believe it or not biodiesel actually 'cleans' the
engine, removing deposits in the fuel lines. The best part is… it’s
abundant and possible free! Straight Vegetable Oils and Waste Vegetable Oils
from restaurants and fast food chains can be mixed and diluted with both diesel
and biodiesel in an diesel burning engine and can be used solely with minor
engine modifications. Think our kitchen bus (
I am no expert on biodiesel or the use of vegetable oils, though I
feel it is something worth looking into, due to its obvious environmental
benefits and cost effectiveness. I have a friend who a couple of summers
ago drove across the country in a van running solely on Vegetable Oils. He
claims restaurants are more than willing to give you their Waste Vegetable
Oils! This is again, just something to look into. Think, our kitchen bus could be one mean, green, vegetable burning machine!
“In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of
our decisions on the next seven generations.”
Great Law of