SRP seeking ‘Lisa Simpsons’ |

SRP seeking ‘Lisa Simpsons’

Carly Wier, Summit Recycling Project

Is there a recycling warrior in your office? Did a teacher ever inspire you to walk gently on the earth? Is there a Lisa Simpson in your family? If so, we want to hear about it!Earth Day is just around the corner, and this year Summit Recycling Project would like to honor those who help make every day Earth Day in our community. We know you1re out there, reminding us to turn off the water when we brush our teeth, picking up those bottles and cans on your hikes, taking the bus because you want to, and bringing your own bags to the grocery store.Simple everyday actions get overlooked all too often in our busy lives. But, regardless of what you1re told<they do make a difference! How many gallons of water are conserved, plastic bags reused, or air pollutants reduced because of one person1s actions? Literally tons!Does it matter? Environmental data shouts a resounding YES! Some calculations say that we lose 75,000 acres of rain forest, add 46,000 acres of desert, lose 71 million tons of topsoil, add 15 million tons of carbon dioxide, and lose about 70 species every day.The fact that we don1t see the effect of our choices or habits in Summit County doesn1t diminish the importance of our personal actions.Like Lisa Simpson, who reminds us to recycle and care for the planet despite frequent ridicule, there are people in our everyday lives who help create a conservation ethic within our community. It1s not always easy to refuse a bag at the grocery store or challenge a co-worker to recycle that glass bottle.Some consider it their duty to protect the planet, some learned conservation techniques from their parents, and some are just realizing that changing a simple habit can make a big difference to the health of our community and our planet.No matter how big or little, simple or complicated, Summit Recycling Project would like to hear your stories. From discovering another way to reuse an otherwise disposable product to teaching a whole class about the importance of conserving wetlands, these actions make our global community a better place.If you or someone you know takes the extra step to make every day an Earth Day, please let us know through a phone call, an e-mail, or an old-fashioned letter. You can reach us at (970) 668-5703, or PO Box 4506 in Frisco. Summit Recycling Project will be presenting awards and publicizing the results of this inquiry during Earth Week in late April.The Summit Daily News welcomes submissions from readers to its 3Other Voices column. Provide your full name, address and telephone number when submitting a guest column. Submissions should not be longer than 650 words. Send submissions to the Summit Daily News, Post Office Box 329, Frisco, CO 80443. Letters may also be faxed to 970-668-0755 or (preferred) e-mailed to wchilders@summit

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