At the 2015 and 2016 Portage Green-A-Thons, Sierra Clubbers asked, “How green are you?”
Some of our visitors learned a few things.
“Is the answer, B? In Hawaii?”
No, it’s D, out in the middle of the ocean. Do you know how big it is?
“I’ll say…um, A. About the size of Kalamazoo County.”
The answer is C. About twice the size of Texas.
“Really? A floating island of plastic trash twice the size of Texas? Out in the ocean?”
Yes, And there are about five more just like it, only not quite as big.
“Oh. Emm. Gee!”
All our visitors got a few gentle, good-humored reminders.
- Overusing your cellphone does run up your electric bill if you need to recharge it too often.
- Using the right light bulbs saves energy.
- Don’t forget to recycle your plastic.
No one scored lower than 8 on their test, and we all had fun!
Scenes from the 2015 Green-A-Thon
We went bigger for the 2016 Green-A-Thon
Sierra Club founder John Muir had a birthday two days before the seventh annual Green-A-Thon on April 23. We celebrated with a cake that Kathy Van Deusen brought. A free piece went to anyone who guessed John Muir’s age. The catch was, they had to be within 100 years of the correct answer, and Kathy was generous with her clues.
Many who took our “How Green Are You?” test became dismayed when they learned how much water a frack well uses. We sent them to Karen Schuur. She was on hand collecting signatures for the petition to put a fracking ban legislative initiative on Michigan’s November ballot.
Charlie Stefanac set up a Sierra Club merchandise table with hats, shirts, backpacks, and other items, along with a donation jar.
Ray Mickus was on hand helping out. Kim Gabriele came by. Bruce Brown took the photos in the slide show below. All of us had a great time!