Category Archives: Carbon Footprint

Into the Big Empty: Wyoming’s Red Desert goes live on YouTube

Journey into Wyoming’s Red Desert, a little known wilderness the size of Denali National Park that brings the steppes of Mongolia to America’s backyard. Here, energy companies vie for the desert’s riches in a world of 50,000 pronghorn, herds of wild horses and some of the most unforgiving landscapes of the West. Come learn of this place and the struggles to protect it as you travel Into the Big Empty.

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Shrinking the carbon wasteline

Residents of Rawlins, Wyo. gather at a local icecream parlor to learn ways of reducing their carbon footprint.

Residents of Rawlins, Wyo., gather at a local icecream parlor to learn how to reduce their carbon footprint. (Photo/Morgan E. Heim)

Click below to listen in on a class.

Carbon Diet

There was sherbet and icecream for everyone as residents of Rawlins, Wyo., an oil and gas boomtown, gathered in a local icecream parlor to learn new ways of reducing their carbon footprint. But don’t let the icecream fool you, this group was on a strict diet.

Rebekah Simon-Peter leads residents of Rawlins, Wyo., in their Low Carbon Diet, Monday, June 16, 2008. Peters is an ordaned Methodist preacher and also one of a thousand trained by Al Gore to present "An Inconvenient Truth."

Rebekah Simon-Peter leads residents of Rawlins, Wyo., in their Low Carbon Diet, Monday, June 16, 2008. Peters is an ordaned Methodist preacher and also one of a thousand trained by Al Gore to present "An Inconvenient Truth."

Last summer, members of the self-proclaimed “Green Team” took the low carbon diet –  a 30-day program designed to shrink each person’s annual carbon footprint by at least 5,000 pounds.

This “Green Team” represents a growing group of eco-conscious residents in a town heavily reliant on harvesting fossil fuels.

Rawlins is also working on new composting facilities at the recycling center and wind power to light up some public facilities. It just goes to show that even a fossil fuel boomtown has its renewable side.


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