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June 24, 2008

Holy Green Vacation!

Suitcase_istock_000005925681xsmallThat relaxing summer vacation (or staycation) won't be heavenly if it's not eco-friendly. At least that's what the Vatican says. "One can choose to be a tourist at odds with the Earth or in favor of it," declared the Vatican in a statement issued on Monday. Conscientious tourists are advised to pack light to reduce fuel consumption, plant trees to offset emissions, and choose eco-friendly vacation destinations. The announcement follows a string of green changes at the Vatican:  After declaring environmental offenses a sin earlier this year, Pope Benedict XVI made plans to install solar panels on the roof of the Paul VI auditorium.

Wondering how your vacation rates? Take the Sierra Club's quiz:  "How Green is My Destination?"

--D.W.

Sources:  Reuters, BBC, Green Daily

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