Do your part by recycling!

In the aftermath of this week’s storm, I am sitting here pondering the oddity it is of a hurricane affecting us here in Rochester. It makes me think about all the research I have done over the last several years in my position at the Zoo on the connections between climate change and weather phenomena, particularly hurricanes. The issue of climate change has been such a hot button topic for years, yet there is evidence everywhere that it is real and is impacting our lives. Recycling is one of the best ways we can slow the affects of climate change.

As we approach our final Go Green! Recycle Rally for 2012 this Sunday (Nov. 4), I encourage everyone to take a step in the right direction toward protecting our habitat, our homes. I want to share with everyone how a small Girl Scout Troop made a commitment to the Zoo and to the environment.

Photo by Tina Crandall-Gommel

I received a phone call about a year ago from a Girl Scout leader. She was looking for opportunities for her troop to do something to help the Zoo in order to earn their Silver Award. At the Zoo we have been dealing with the issues of collecting recyclables and storing them until they can be sorted and delivered to the appropriate facilities. The Girl Scouts were up for the challenge and the end result is something we are so grateful for.

Photo by Tina Crandall-Gommel

These four Girl Scouts designed and constructed three storage containers to house our recyclables in. This will help us tremendously in the reduction of standing water, attracting pests and cleanliness. These storage receptacles will make our job of doing the right thing for the environment so much easier. The girls are looking forward to completing their Gold Award project helping the Zoo as well.

This Sunday is our final Recycle Rally for 2012. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Zoo’s parking lot, we will be collecting electronics, batteries, fluorescent and CFL bulbs, paper, clothing, textiles, shoes and bicycles. Please consider making a commitment to the environment this Sunday by recycling items rather than disposing of them. If everyone takes just a small step toward helping the environment, we can make a huge impact!

- Tina Crandall-Gommel, Conservation Education Coordinator

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