Posted: Apr 20, 2013 4:13 PM by John Sherer - MTN News
Updated: Apr 20, 2013 4:15 PM
Today's Sustainability Fair in Bogert Park offered tips on saving energy and protecting the environment both at home and across the globe.
The event was also an effort to keep local communities cleaner.The city handed out bags and gloves to volunteers who spread around the city cleaning up trash from the winter.
"We are called "spreading roots" the green belt movement," said MSU student Emily Rainy. We are based in Bozeman Montana. We are partnering with the green belt movement that is based in Nairobi Kenya, and we are educating people in the community about the importance of planting trees in Nairobi Kenya. We have actually created a line of bracelets that we sell. These bracelets actually have an African symbol on them and this African symbol means celebrating, the definition is celebrating those who erase their future to better their livelihoods. So, we sell one of these for seven dollars and it ultimately creates a job for a lady in the community in Nairobi Kenya and it gives the community empowerment to better their own livelihood."
"Today we're here just talking about the simple things you can do on a daily basis such as using reusable mugs to cut down the amount of trash that goes into our landfills," said volunteer Kristin Blackler. "We just did a big waste sort on campus this week and half of the trash that we pulled out actually could have been recycled. And, a huge portion of that was single use cups, so we're really trying to emphasize the reuse and reduce message of the three R's, reduce, reuse and recycle today"
"These are all bottles that are left in the student union building on campus every week," she added, pointing to a table. "We get this much every week. And we wash them and then we just give them back out or sometimes we ask for a dollar for different fundraisers. But today I have so many of them, if you see one of them that you would like, please take it and use it."
Some people at the Bozeman cleanup event chose to put up posters in addition to picking up trash.
A group of participants held what they called a stroller brigade through the park and into town. They're calling on lawmakers to support the Safe Chemicals Act which was just introduced in Congress. The marchers say the Act would limit the use of dangerous chemicals in common household products.
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