The work of the Presbyterian Hunger Program’s partner Red Uniendo Manos Peru (Joining Hands Network), is greatly enhanced by 84-year-old Victoria Trujillo, better known as Mama Toya. In the past two decades, Mama Toya has worked with the Conservation Committee of her beloved Villa El Sol community and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to plant more than 30,000 trees on the community’s contaminated lands.
Mission Co-Worker, the Rev. Jed Koball, Joining Hands Coordinator, was inspired by the work of colleagues in Peru including the Conservation of Villa el Sol and established tree fund that will receive a donation on behalf of each Presbyterian short-term mission trip participant to Red Uniendo Manos. That fund will support Mama Toya’s work to help offset greenhouse gas emissions generated by short-term mission trip participants’ air travel.
What if this offset idea became our Presbyterian practice? What if we Presbyterians put money into a Presbyterian Tree Fund for every single flight taken for Presbyterian-related work?
The Presbyterian Hunger Program and Presbyterians for Earth Care are proud to announce the option of contributing to the Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice fund to offset your carbon use! Among other carbon sequestration projects, your donation will support tree planting projects. We know that as trees grow, they help stop climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the air, storing carbon in the trees and soil, and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere.
With your gifts, PHP will be able to allocate the Restoring Creation funds to global partners already doing important tree-planting, carbon sequestration, and climate-friendly projects that are helping curb the impacts of climate change. PHP already supports this work being done by partners in places like Peru, Madagascar, Ghana and Cameroon. Donations can offset airline travel, but could also be to offset other types of travel and the use of traditional/non-alternative energy.
Check out a carbon calculator, such as the Berkeley calculator to estimate your travel gift today!
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