On Saturday, April 21, reusable grocery-shopping bags donated by Wal-Mart, City Market, Safeway and Alpine Bank, will be given away at City Market South, and on Sunday, April 22, marking the world’s 42nd Earth Day, reusable bags will be given away at Wal-Mart, City Market North and Safeway. The Bag Monster, from the documentary film, Bag It, will appear at Wal-Mart.
Collapsible Chico bags and produce bags will be available for sale at the four stores, at below-wholesale prices, as well.
Single-use plastic bags, made from petroleum, and used for an average of 14 minutes, take approximately 500 years to photo-degrade; already, plastic debris is harming over 270 ocean species and polluting our oceans. Supplying the U.S. plastic shopping bag industry alone requires 12 million barrels of oil a year; 14 million trees are cut down every year to support our demand for paper bags.
“We can all act locally and think globally,” says Lori Syme, who is organizing the Montrose events, who can be reached at 970/596-7778 by anyone wanting to volunteer or to obtain more information.
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, which comprise over 3 million acres and encompass lands from Norwood to Ouray, Lake City to Crested Butte, Montrose to Grand Junction, and a few other towns in-between, have also observed Earth Day. GMUG is promoting its new U.S. Forest Service environmental education programs designed to get kids, teachers and parents into the outdoors for Earth Day.
GMUG’s theme is, “Mobilize the Earth – A Billion Acts of Green.” Use of the information and activities in its “Discover the Forest” program will be combined with Project Learning Tree activities. For more resources and information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/gmug/CE_conncections
The GMUG has water quality trunks with equipment and curriculum for teachers to use that are geared toward 7th to 12th grade students. The kits have activities focused on aquatic species; dissolved oxygen and temperature, nitrogen and phosphorus content, water PH and water clarity. “These “aqua kits” are an excellent tool for students to learn basic water measurements and can be used to monitor a stream’s water quality,” stated Mike Carillo, fisheries biologist. The kits are available for teachers to request and check-out for use with students.