We are grateful for your interest in the Ecology and Religion in Nineteenth-Century Studies conference. The following resources provide opportunities to support local organizations related to the conference that are concerned about ecological concerns, resources to discern climate impact relative to conferencing, and links to other organizations concerned about environmental impact within the humanities.
Sustainability-Focused Non-Profit Organizations
Please consider donating to these non-profit organizations committed to ecological and human welfare in two of the main locations for this conference – Waco, Texas and Lancaster, UK.
World Hunger Relief Farm (Waco, Texas)
World Hunger Relief (WHR) is a faith-based non-profit in Waco, Texas that alleviates food insecurity and malnutrition through sustainable agriculture and community development. The WHR Farm supplies organically grown food locally and has a long history in training interns to apply sustainable farming around the world, while also offering educational programs on sustainable agriculture, environmental responsibility, and world hunger issues.
Urban REAP (Waco, Texas)
Located in urban north Waco, Texas, Urban REAP (Renewable Energy & Agriculture Project) provides sustainable food and energy and trains others to do the same. Urban REAP is a program of Mission Waco, a faith-based non-profit community development organization that works to overcome systematic social injustice and empower the poor and marginalized in Waco and abroad. To donate, select “Donate” from the Mission Waco site, click the “Donate Online Now” button in the top right corner of the page, and specify “Urban REAP” in the “Comments” text area under “Account Details.”
Olive Branch (Lancaster, UK)
The Olive Branch is a faith-based non-profit dedicated to serving the socially disadvantaged in Lancaster, UK. Their mission is to support those suffering distress caused by addiction, broken family relationships, poverty, and homelessness, and to enable individuals and families to resolve and alleviate their difficulties. They encourage donations of valuables (gold, silver, jewelry, watches, old notes, currency and mobile phones), which they will recycle as an environmentally sustainable source of support for relief efforts.
Ways to Offset Your Carbon Footprint
Offset Travel for this Conference
Conference attendees using car, rail or bus to reach one of the Ecology and Religion conference sites should use this calculator to determine your carbon offset costs.
Offset the Impact of Your Lifestyle
All those participating in this conference—whether by speaking or attending in-person or virtually—are strongly encouraged to use these options from Carbon Fund to offset the carbon footprints of their regular lifestyles and/or to contribute to plant trees to counteract deforestation, which accounts for roughly 20% of global warming.
Additional Flightless Conferencing Resources
Environmental Humanities Initiative
An initiative out of the University of California at Santa Barbara that “fosters and consolidates the diverse environmental humanities programming that takes place at UC Santa Barbara (UCSB).” Since 2016 they have been producing Nearly Carbon-Neutral (NCN) Conferences and offer several examples on their website.
TerraPass Online Event Calculator
By a conservative estimate, air travel for an international scholarly conference of 300 to 375 people generates approximately 100 metric tons (MT) of carbon dioxide equivalents. Use this calculator to determine the environmental impact of conferences that you are planning or plan to attend.
Environmental Protection Agency Greenhouse Gas Equivalences Calculator
This calculator can help you visualize and comprehend the significant damage done to our planet by most forms of flight-based conferencing.
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